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Anna Belle McCrary-Friedle, 92, of Midland passed away on November 8, 2020 at Stratford Pines. She was born on April 11, 1928 to the late Edward and Aurelia (Reichard) Kisser. On June 10, 1950 Anna married Douglas McCrary in Hope, MI and they shared 50 wonderful years together before he predeceased her on February 17, 2000. On August 9, 2003 Anna married Merlin Friedle in Hope, MI and they shared a brief but wonderful 3 years together before he passed on December 3, 2006.


Anna moved to Midland County in 1935 where she lived on a farm in Mills Township and attended Midland Schools. She worked as a shampoo girl at Mrs. Koepel’s Beauty Shop, at the meat department at the A & P Grocery Store and at Community Drug Store which she retired from. Anna was a member of Hope Baptist Church for over 60 years where she served as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, bible study teacher and was a member of the choir. She later became a member of the Open Door Baptist Church.


Anna is survived by her daughter, Shannon (David) Reeves of Midland, son, James McCrary of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, grandchildren; Adrianne Wontorcik, Sarah (Rob) Zientek, Ryan (Marcie) Cay, Bryan Reeves, great grandchildren; Anna and Danny Wontorcik, Bobby and Eloise Zientek, Brady and Rylee Cay, her sister, Sherry Babcock and many nieces, nephews and special friends.


Anna was predeceased by her fiancé, Clifford Avery, brother, Donald Kisser and great granddaughter, Maddie Cay.


The McCrary family wishes to thank the staff of Stratford Pines for the extraordinary care they provided.


A funeral service will be held at Open Door Baptist Church on November 12, 2020 at 12:00 Noon with Rev. Jody Ellis officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, at the church, from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Old Hope Cemetery.


Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Open Door Baptist Church.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the McCrary family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.



Condolence Messages

  1. Marinell Schafer

    13 November 2020 10 months ago

    Some of the best times of my life were when our families were together. Anna Belle always had a smile and that infectious laugh, loved everyone, and made you feel like you were part of her family. She was a wonderful person.

  2. Rita Vanderbush

    12 November 2020 10 months ago

    She was a very elegant lady, I always loved talking to her, she had some great stories and always making people laugh, she will be missed. So sorry to the family.

  3. Pamela (Draves) Bartush

    11 November 2020 10 months ago

    I have so many fun memories of family get together’s she is with the whole crew up there now hugs to the whole family.

  4. Shirley and Steve Morrison

    10 November 2020 10 months ago

    We have so many memories of Ann & Doug. We purchased their ranch home in 1972 and lived there 24 years. Our daughter Stephanie was born in 1973 and they were always there for us. Two beautiful people who we referred to as Aunt Ann and Uncle Doug and we know they are in heaven together. You are always in our hearts. Our sympathy to you Shannon and family. Love

  5. Brandi

    10 November 2020 10 months ago

    She wiil be missed, such a great lady

  6. Kristie McCrary kambourakis

    09 November 2020 10 months ago

    So sorry for your loss.

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