Friend of the Community Foundation, Fran Maiers, and mother of our President and CEO, Randy Maiers, recently passed away. Fran was an avid supporter of the Foundation’s work and will be greatly missed.
She was born December 27, 1939 in Saginaw to the late Norman and Harriet Torrey from Vassar, Michigan. She married Terry Maiers on April 24, 1971 in Buffalo, New York.
During her 40-year career as a health care administrator she touched many lives, embracing all, each leaving a special mark on her heart, and often in theirs. Her numerous staff and coworkers were like family to her and she developed lifelong relationships with many of them.
During her career and in retirement, Fran pursued her passion for singing, playing the piano and accordion, spending time at her mini-house cabin in Vassar, and the family cabin on Lake St. Helen. She and Terry also enjoyed spending several winters in Myrtle Beach. She founded Amie’s Muttsy Mission, bringing music and stuffed animals to nursing home residents and those suffering from Alzheimer’s to help find peace and enjoyment. In 2008 she was named Ms. Senior Michigan, a title which earned her the nickname “The Queen” and she wore the crown proudly.
Fran’s legacy is a true force of strength. Her passion for life, compassion for others and an unwavering love for the Lord will be carried forward through her family and with those she touched. Her drive and desire to “make a difference” in the lives of the people she knew was recognized in countless and meaningful ways.
She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Terry; children, Terry (Debbie) Maiers, Caryn (Bruce) James, Randy (Beverly) Maiers, Matthew (Nui) Maiers, Gwen (Mike) DeLano, Ralph (Kris) Maiers and Kathy (Pat) McLaughlin; 16 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; brother, Russell Torrey; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Shannon; granddaughter, Karah; three brothers; and a sister.
Due to the Covid crisis and limits on attendance, the family is heartbroken to announce that only a private family service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in the Avram Funeral Home, Mayville. The Reverend Brad Button will officiate. The family is terribly sorry that Fran’s many friends and relatives won’t be able to attend in person, however, a live stream of the service will be on the Face book page of Avram Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Fremont Township Cemetery, Mayville. The family does hope to host an open celebration of Fran’s life later in 2021.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Fran’s memory to the Community Foundation of St. Clair County and the family will use those gifts to support Fran’s favorite causes.