Mae Depew

Mae Depew was born on July 28, 1936 in Middlesboro, Kentucky. She was one of seven children born from the union of John and Mitty (Sinders) McDonald.  In 1959 in Corbin, Kentucky, Mae would marry the love of her life, Edward Depew and together the couple would be blessed with nine children.


Mae loved playing bingo and although she was a frequent fixture at the Knights of Columbus she wasn’t too proud to play wherever she found a game. She enjoyed going for long car rides and taking peaceful walks to admire the beauty of God’s creation.   She also cherished the time she spent tending to her flowers or working in her yard.


Mae often visited thrift stores in search of hidden treasures.  Some of her fondest “picks” came as  she found knick knacks like American Indian trinkets and Angel figurines. 


Mae was a people person, happiest when she was checking in on friends or in the presence of family and especially grandchildren. Being a wonderful mother and grandmother she was loved by all.   Even her neighbors affectionately came to know her as “Mamaw”, one of her many nicknames including “Bigin” and “Honey Bunny”. 


Mae Depew, age 85, passed away on Wednesday; July 20, 2022 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital in Monroe, Michigan. Her passing was preceded by her parents:  John and Mitty McDonald, her loving husband of twenty-seven years:  Edward Depew, who passed away on February 21, 1986; a son:  William who died in infancy; three sons-in-law:  Michael Dean Call, Jimmy Worley Jr., and Scott Marvin Labadie; two sisters; and three brothers.


To cherish her memory Mae leaves six daughters; Jennette Call of Monroe, Fleetie Miller of Monroe, Shirley (Gary) Hammack of Monroe, Dorothy Labadie of LaSalle, Mary Depew of Monroe, and Linda Depew (Gary Ray) of Monroe; three sons:   Johnny Edward (Patricia) Depew of Newport, Jessie Depew of Monroe, and Andrew Depew of Monroe; one brother: James McDonald of Bouberville, Kentucky; eighteen grandchildren;  twenty-nine great grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.


Friends may gather from 12:00pm until 4:00pm on Sunday; July 24, 2022 at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie Highway Monroe, Michigan 48161 (734) 241-7070. A Celebration of Mae’s Life will be held at 4:00pm also at Merkle’s with Pastor Harold Raines of Monroe Full Gospel Church officiating.  Burial will take place at 1:00pm on Tuesday; July 26, 2022 at Lynn Camp Cemetery in Corbin, Kentucky. 

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