"I remember when I first met Mary at the Jenison Meijer Store, she helped me learn the whole job routine and I became an S,C. and had a great time working there. She will be deeply missed and I will never forget how she treated everyone that she came in contact with. She was such a well loved and a very special person. My heart and prayers goes out to the family. With my deepest love."
– Angela Beck, former employee and friend,
Dorr, MI, Feb 10, 2013
"Mary was an amazing manager when I started my first job. She was always smiling and providing encouragement. I count her as one of the reasons I have succeeded to the point I am today. Thank you Mary, we'll miss you, see you again someday."
– Aaron, associate,
Belding, MI, Feb 02, 2013
My husband, Markus Becker and I on our last anniversary, 10 years (11.30.2012)
"I am not quite sure what to say...except that I am very sorry for your loss...I'm Ann Rider's eldest sister, Joan or Joanie. I'm one year, four months, and 20-days older than Ann. So, I'm 49 years, 3 months, and 11 days old to her 47 years, 10 months, and 23 days old self. I have one 12-y/o child to her 5-children and two-grandchildren. However, I was in a severe near-death auto accident 13 & 1/2 years ago; in which I suffered many severe injuries and am now on permanent disability...so, I have aged about 10-years in the process...fortunately, I have been told I don't look it...but I feel it. I suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which makes it difficult for me to say the next piece. I have been wracking by brain for the last several days to reemember where and when I met Mary. Ann assures me that I have; she looks very familiar to me. All that I know is she must have been a very good friend to my sister because Ann has taken this very hard. To come home to Grand Rapids and leave a sick 9-y/o daughter tells me my sister lost a good friend. This is the 2nd one in 5-years she reminded me today. I am sadded for my sister and the families who lost their loved ones. I lost someone I was very close to 7-months ago to cancer and I miss him terribly each day. I will pray for everyone who lost Mary this week that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ will bring you comfort when you need it most and fill your days with peace, joy and laughter and only good memories each time Mary comes to mind. May she rest in peace in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father until the day we can be joined with her once more on that last day with all the Angels and Saints when we will never know any pain, fear, hurt, anger or worry. I pray in the name of God our Father...thy will be done...not ours. Amen."
– Joanie Rider-Becker (Ann's sister), Ann Rider's sister,
Grand Rapids, MI, Feb 02, 2013
"So sorry for your loss Curt and Sharie.I thought id just let you know that i lit a candle for your loved one and i hope that you and your family will be ok.
– Les Erlich,
Madison Heights, MI, Feb 01, 2013
"I worked at Jenison Meijer right out of high school, I never worked for Mary but she was always friendly and willing to help out. I remember I always got carded for cigarettes ( I was 19 and never wanted to bring my purse in to work with my id in it) and I would call Mary, whining because I couldn't smoke on my break. She would always calm me down and tell me "Heather, my cashiers are only doing their job." She would work everything out, but would stand up for her cashiers too. I worked there for 7 years and I will never forget my meijer family, I am very sad to hear of Marys passing, she was a great person to be around and part of my Meijer Family."
– Heather Wynia, co worker,
Grand Rapids, MI, Jan 31, 2013
"My deepest condolences to Mary's family and close friends. I knew her when we were (much) younger at Camp Concordia. The lasting impression I have of her is her smile and laughter. Those were good times and she always seemed to be laughing and happy. I can't begin to imagine her recent pain or the deep sorrow that you have now. But please know that I am lifting you and your burdens up to The Lord, and I pray for abundant measures of his peace and comfort for each of you. Grace and peace, friends!"
– Melanie Jones Fischer, Friend,
Grandville, MI, Jan 31, 2013