Mary Jane Frye

Mary Jane Frye

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BLOOMINGTON - Frye, Mary Jane Lanham Leach Frye, 75, Belleville, Mich., formerly of Bloomington, passed away Dec. 21, 2005, peacefully at home with family at her side after a 10 month battle with cancer.

She was born July 2, 1930, in McLean, to the late Clarence Doc and Lucy Wyatt Lanham. She was raised in Bloomington but often stayed with her beloved maternal grandmother, Carszannie Elizabeth Cowan Wyatt in McLean.

Mary and Richard Dean Leach of Normal were married in 1947, when he returned home from his tour of duty in the U.S. Navy. Mary often referred to the pair as "bobbysoxers" who frequented the Steak n' Shake. He preceded her in death in 1983.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel Frye; daughters, Stephanie (George) Basar of Chelsea, Mich., and Nancy Canzoneri; son Richard (Cheryl) Leach of Belleville, Mich.; and one sister, Linda Lee (Chuck) Barentine, formerly of Bloomington. She was grandmother to eight and great-grandmother of five.

Her request was for private scattering of her ashes by her family. Family and friends may sign her guestbook at or personal remembrances may be sent to the family in care of S. Basar 1339 Liebeck Road, Chelsea, MI 48118.

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