Mary Ruth Spencer-Argure

October 30, 1943 - March 24, 2022
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Mary Ruth Spencer-Argue

10/30/1943 to 3/24/2022

This is not just an Obituary, It is a tribute to a beautiful Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and Great Great Grandmother.

My mother was born in Plymouth, MI in 1943 to Arnold Preston Spencer and Ruby Fay Shepard. She was the oldest of 5, sister Ann, brother Ben, Sister Brenda and brother Charlie, At the age of 12, my grandmother died in childbirth along with baby Richard. Mom was left as the oldest to help raise her siblings. Grandpa married our grandma Doris and they had 3 children, Lynn, Bonnie and Vickie. Mom helped to raise them until she met our father, Ralph Thomas Argue and at the age of 18, she started our family. She leaves behind her legacy with us. Leah Thurman,

Her son, Tom Argue and his wife Becky, Angela Argue and Valdie Reynolds, Arnold Argue and his wife Paula, and Christopher Argue.

Her grandchildren, Manasa Thurman, Sojourn Thurman aka grasshopper and amber, Roxanne Clark and Gabe, Tristin Martin and John, Henry Woodbury, allie argue, Emily argue, Mary argue aka little mary, Tylor, Trevor and Trayson argue and many great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter, she loved all of them heart and soul.

On top of all that, she helped raise a few neighborhood kids, David Vieta, Diane Ambrose, Her house was always open to all.

Tom and Mary bought a home in Jackson, Mi in 1969, In 1973 Tom and Mary divorced and she made the decision to take on the challenge of raising 5 children as a single mother. She was 26 years old with 5 of us. I watched my mother struggle and fight for many years to keep that roof over our heads, She did successfully, and went on to make beautiful memories with some of her grandchildren, along with all the cousins over the years also.

As the years went by and we had grown up to our own lives, she managed to pay off that property, It was the first home she could truly call her own. She lived there until 2015, the home had become unlivable due to repairs she couldn’t afford, so her son Tom bought her a house in St Clair Shores, she lived there for two years when she decided to move up to Traverse City, Mi to be near myself and my sister Angela. All of us wanted her to be near, She had multiple choices too go to knowing that each one of us would be there to help her to enjoy the rest of her life, because she worked hard and it was her turn to do so.

With all those options, there was only one place she really wanted to go, and that was to her home in Jackson. She now will be going home In August of this year. We are making a memorial Garden in honor of her, and Diane Ambrose who passed away from Covid in December 2020, my mother loved her and David Vieta as her own.

Mom found it comforting to know that we fought right along with her to keep her home and it was her wishes to be left on there in her garden. We will notify everyone on a date for her Celebration of Life, we are planning a campout with a big bonfire, because she loved bonfires in her back yard.

The family would like to Thank everyone for the support threw this hard time and please share your memories of Miss Mary, Mother Mary, Mama Mary, she was called by many.

Fly high Momma, the prize of peace is finally yours!

Big thanks to Life Story and the team of her doctors and The nursing staff at Munson Hospital, Moms last words were, Hey Carl, he was her favorite nurse.

Thanks to all