On December 20, 2023, Marybeth Ann Crossett passed away at her home in Saginaw with family by her side. She was 66. Born in Royal Oak, Michigan on May 20, 1957, she was the middle child of Donna (Jones) and Pete McCabe. She is survived by her children, Amanda (Jerry) Golden of Glen Ellyn, IL, and Joseph (Evan Schanhals) Bailey of Grand Rapids, MI; her grandchildren, Aurora and Ava Golden; her siblings, Maureen Lassiter of Torch Lake, MI, and Mark (Rose) McCabe of Mancelona, MI and Ortonville, MI; her aunt Dorothy “DJ” Jones of Royal Oak, MI; and her uncle Richard Jones of Willis, MI. Marybeth was preceded in death last year by her beloved husband, Clifford Crossett.
Throughout her life, Marybeth had a fun-loving, adventurous personality and tenacious energy that others loved and admired. As a young person who was naturally athletic, she participated in cheerleading, swimming, and tennis—and Aunt DJ remembers her being the only one in the family who mastered the pogo stick. Very social and well-liked, but also private and down-to-earth, she was flattered and embarrassed to be voted Troy High’s homecoming queen during her senior year.
As an adult and mother, Marybeth’s cleverness and creativity were expressed in the home she made for her family and different crafts and fun projects she loved to do with her kids. Always determined and hard-working—and then motivated by her own children’s graduations from college—Marybeth pursued her dream and went back to school to study nursing at age 55 with the loving support of her husband, Cliff. After graduating with honors from Baker College, she worked as an RN for Great Lakes PACE until her cancer diagnosis in early November. Her profession was her passion; she was so proud of her work caring for the sick and less fortunate, and she loved and respected her coworkers greatly.
In her free time, Marybeth loved shooting pool at the Carrollton-Zilwaukee Eagles club. She also enjoyed being part of her coworkers’ book club, and she was a lifelong, passionate gardener with a soft spot for marigolds and phlox. On summer weekends, Marybeth and husband “Clifford T” would escape to their property near Farwell, where they kept their camper. Marybeth would fill those weekends with sudoku puzzles, kayaking, swimming, and fishing (she proudly boasted of only catching two Bluegill her whole life). Then they’d unwind with a fire or an evening ride on their golf cart, looking for deer.
Family was core to Marybeth. She loved being a mother to her twins, Joe “Barley” and Amanda, whom she called “Bear”. She loved Cliff’s kids and the entire Crossett gang: Melissa Termine, Kara Crossett, Luke and Kathleen Crossett, Nate and Stacy Crossett, and Ted Crosset. She adored her grandbabies, Aurora and Ava; and her step-grandbabies, Colton, Evelyn, Hunter, and Noah.
Her unmistakable laugh and funny quips will be profoundly missed. To this, she would certainly say, “Know it!”
In accordance with Marybeth’s wishes, cremation is to take place, and a celebration of life dinner for family will be held at a future date. Those wishing to express their condolences may share thoughts, prayers, and memories through Case Funeral Home. Donations in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.