Marion B. Licata passed away July 16, 2019 in Dearborn, Michigan. She was born in Highland Park, Michigan on August 16, 1920 to James Bush and Evelyn Young Bush, the youngest of 3 children. As a child she spent her younger years with her grandparents in Corruna, while her parents were working. The family moved many times over Marion's childhood and stayed for the summer months in a cottage, that her father built for her mother's health, in a small town north of Port Huron. Marion almost was a permanent resident of California in 1926 when her family moved there. But an emergency brought them back to Michigan, where they eventually stayed, and then graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit. Wayne University was where Marion met Anthony Licata in 1939, marrying in 1940. Susan was born in 1943 and Marion carted Susan around to visit Tony by train when he was stationed in Norman, Oklahoma and Virginia Beach, Virginia with the US Navy. They lived in Northwest Detroit for many years and then moved to Plymouth and Canton. Marion would graduate with her bachelor's degree in Library Sciences from Wayne State University in 1964, going on to teach in the Detroit and Plymouth area Public Schools through the late 1970s.Marion was someone who really enjoyed expressing her artistic side throughout her life - such as doing stained glass art, painting in water colors, making dolls and sewing countless amounts of doll clothes for her daughter's and granddaughter's dolls. She very much enjoyed singing and was in the Church Choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Detroit, as well as the Mother singer's at the Cadillac Grade School, while her daughter was there. Marion helped Tony a lot with his various political activities, which spanned around 4 decades. Marion and Tony also participated in local activities like the Plymouth Senior Discussion club, and Plymouth City Council meetings. Later in her life, Marion enjoyed visiting St. Christopher's - St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Detroit with her granddaughter, and having fellowship with the parishioners there. When Marion had to eventually move into the Oakwood Court Terrace assisted living with memory care, she also enjoyed the people and staff she met there for these last few years. For people needing encouragement, Marion was the best person to have around - she always wanted to help people and give thoughts and pathways to help a person succeed with great vision and understanding, that directed at her own family, going out to her extended family and branched out to her students and friends. She was ever an optimist and loved to spontaneously dance and sing songs and basically have a good time.Marion could have a temper, on occasion, that matched her red hair, but always quickly cooled;, and one of her greatest features was how well she could get along with everyone. Marion was a special person, especially to her family, and she will be sorely missed, but always remembered.FAMILY MEMBERSBeloved wife of the late Anthony C. Licata. Dearest Beloved mother of Susan (Edward) Licata Haroutunian, loving grandmother of Krista Licata Haroutunian, cherished sister of the late Irving (the late Ethel) Bush and the late Richard (the late Nancy) Bush, Beloved sister-in-law of the late Roy (the late Emily) Licata, Dear aunt to Bonnie (Wayne) Parsons, Jennifer Ross, Jeremy Bush, Jack (Gayle) Licata, Ray (Cheryl) Licata, Marilyn (Wayne) Coulstan, the late Richard (Linda) Bush, Linda (Roy) Parsons, Jim (Michelle) Sober and many cherished grand nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. VISITATIONVisiting hours July 21, 2019, Sunday 5pm to 8pm in Simon Javizian WESSELS and WILK FUNERAL HOME; 23690 Woodward Avenue, 23690 Woodward Avenue, Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069 (Corner of 9 1/2 Mile Road)FUNERAL July 22, 2019, Monday 11am in the funeral homeInterment Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills, MI.MEMORIAL DONATIONSThe family suggests memorials be sent to either: Armenian Genocide Educational Committee c/o 38228 Lana drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48335. Memo on check "Marion Licata Memorial"Or, Daughters of the American Revolution, c/o 44800 Gregory Lane; Plymouth, MI 48170 (Memo on Check "Marion Licata - Educational Fund) CONDOLENCESKindly leave a loving memory here - click on "Share a Memory"THANK YOU.
Sunday, July 21, 2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Simon Javizian Funeral Directors
23690 Woodward Avenue Pleasant Ridge 48069, United States
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