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Mary Joanne "Mary Jo" Workman

April 29, 1938 — February 27, 2021

Mary Joanne “Mary Jo” Workman, age 82, of Plymouth, passed away on February 27, 2021.

Mary Jo was born on April 29, 1938 in Monroe, Michigan to her parents Deland G and Elizabeth M Mercure (nee Sanders).

She went to Trenton high school and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree. On August 11, 1962 she married her high school sweetheart Tom Workman and together they built a loving family. She worked as a school teacher doing the honorable job of educating future generations.

Mary Jo is survived by Tom, her husband of 58 years, her three children Gary (Helene), Nancy (Mark), and David (Kirsten), and eight grandchildren; Matt, Andy, Sarah, Scott, Laura, Ella, Tess and Macy as well as the countless others who were graced by Mary Jo’s life.

She was known for her genuine smile, warm hugs, laughter in the kitchen, naps on the red couch, cabbage patch dolls, jigsaw puzzles, and a beach bag with an endless supply of yummy snacks. Boost your mood with some of Mary Jo’s buttered noodles, cinnamon sugar toast, milk cocoa, or fried cheerios. Remember Mary Jo the next time you go canoeing, snack on the beach, work on a puzzle, or sneak a cold beer before noon.

Friends may visit the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 South Main Street, Plymouth on Monday, March 1, 2021 from 1:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Resurrection Parish, 48755 Warren Road, Canton, Michigan 48187 where Mary Jo will lie in state from 10:30A.M. until the time of her Funeral Mass beginning at 11:00A.M.

As of November 18, 2020, we are permitted to have no more than 25 people in attendance for visitations and funerals. Please be advised that in observance of the Governmental Order from the State of Michigan and the current COVID-19 situation, when in attendance at the visitation and funeral service, we kindly ask for the safety and well-being of the families we serve, and for your health, that everyone practice social distancing and consideration for other guests in attendance. Masks are mandatory. Please refrain from handshaking and embracing family members and one another.

For those who cannot attend or wish to view the Funeral Service in a safe environment, the funeral will be live streamed.

If you would like to make a contribution in Mary Jo's honor donations may be made to Angela Hospice. 14100 Newburgh Rd., Livonia, MI 48154.

Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church as well.

Please keep Mary Jo and her family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mary Joanne "Mary Jo" Workman, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, March 1, 2021

1:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Schrader-Howell Funeral Home

280 S. Main St, Plymouth, MI 48170

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

10:30 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Funeral Mass

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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