Mary Lou Sunderland

Mary Lou Sunderland passed away in Tecumseh, Mich., on November 2 at the age of 82. Born on April 21, 1936 in Tipton, Mich., she was the daughter of Merrick and Shirley (Wilson) Dibble. On July 14, 1956, she married Donald Sunderland, and they enjoyed a beautiful 62-year marriage. Together they also established the Sunderland Insurance Agency in Tecumseh where they worked together for 35 years before retiring to Florida and selling the agency to their son and daughter-in-law. Mary Lou was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, and later Trinity Presbyterian Church of Venice, Fla. She was loved and will be missed by many, especially her dear family.

Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Don; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Colleen Sunderland of Tecumseh, Mich.; as well as two grandsons and their spouses, Philip and Nicole Sunderland of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Kevin and Laura Sunderland of West Henrietta, N.Y.; two great-grandsons, Reid and Emmett Sunderland; and one great-granddaughter, Dylan Sunderland (children of Philip and Nicole). She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Roger Borton of Fayette, Ohio, as well as two nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A private service will be held at a later date with burial in Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh. The family requests memorial gifts be made to Hospice of Lenawee in Adrian, Mich. and Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota, Fla. The family deeply appreciates everything the staffs of both hospices provided, as well as the caring employees of Cambrian Assisted Living. Arrangements are under the care of the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Condolences may be made to the family at


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