THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mary L. Girard
Mary Louise (Padgett) Girard, 87, of Marinette passed away Feb. 9 after a long battle with dementia with her family by her side.
Born Sept. 12, 1926 to the late Frederick and Margaret (Quever) Padgett in Menominee, Mi., she graduated from Menominee High School in 1944 and then worked at Menominee County Health Department for a short time. She married George Girard on Aug. 11, 1945. She loved music and her favorite song was Blue Skies by Irving Berlin that she and her sisters would sing, along with many other songs on the local radio station. They were known as The Padgett Sisters.
She loved to play the piano and taught piano to her four children. She made hundreds of beaded ornaments, crocheted, knitted and sewed many outfits for her children and grandchildren and Barbie doll clothes for her daughters. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and family especially the games 31 and 99 and played golf for fun. She had a good sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes on her family. She was a sweet, kind hearted, and caring person, putting others before herself. Although dementia took away her memories, she never forgot to say thank you. She will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, George; a son, Ron Girard, of Grayslake, Ill.; three daughters, Renee (Larry) Rabideau, of Marinette, Donna (Mark) Urbaniak, of Menominee and Peggy (Toby) Behnke, of Marinette; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; five great-granddaughters; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Cecile Whitton, Leone Reno, Elizabeth Demeuse and Margaret Soults and a brother, Frederick Padgett, Jr.
A private service was held. Cadieu-Theilen Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.