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Mary Virginia High

July 16, 1936 — October 21, 2022

Mary Virginia High was born in Pearson, Mississippi on July 16, 1936, to the union of Willie P. and Girlie (Lewis) Curry. She was one of eight children. Both parents, three brothers (Hot, Ned, and Ray), two sisters (Dorothy and Tina), and her husband Millard preceded her in death. On November 16, 1959, Mary married Millard High, Jr. (affectionately known as Junior). They enjoyed spending time with each other, family and friends, and traveling.
She accepted Jesus Christ at an early age at Martha Holmes United Methodist Church and was an active member at 14th Avenue United Methodist Church and Cass Community United Methodist Church. She also attended Metropolitan United Methodist Church. She was educated in the Detroit Public School System. She attended Wayne State University, Wayne County Community College, and Madonna College, where she studied Gerontology.
She held various jobs: waitressing as a teen at Lipo Inn, paraprofessional at Edmonson Elementary School, senior coordinator for the City of Detroit Food & Friendship Program, outreach coordinator for Wayne State University Upward Bound Program, and hospitality worker in housekeeping at MGM. Mary was also very compassionate and skilled in caregiving which she enjoyed most of all. Caregiver is the Lord’s work that she received the most joy from,
often taking care of family and friends down through the years.
Mary served the Lord and knew how to keep you calm during a storm and make you do right when you wanted to do wrong, bringing peace and resolution to a crisis. She was full of encouragement and positive motivation...just a cheerleader for people to become all that God
called them to be. She fully embraced and lived out Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”Mary had a beautiful relationship with her grandchildren and always wanted to be the kind of grandma that poured positivity into them. In times of need, they can say “my grandma said to make healthy choices, pray to the Lord and God is love”. She truly believed that God is love 1 John 4:7-8 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” She was an “old school grandma”, not only to her grandchildren but many young people who affectionately called her “Grandma”, and would tell them “there’s nobody’s love like Granny’s love.” Mary Virginia High peacefully departed this life on early Friday, October 21, 2022. She leaves to cherish her memory: Her loving children, one son; Millard, two daughters; Lisa (Will), and Nina, one sister; Erma, one brother; Joe (Liz), two sisters-in-law; Diane and Jane and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Dear Lord, I thank you for the years, the cheers, the laughter, and the tears” - Mary Virginia High

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, October 28, 2022

4:00 - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

James H. Cole Home for Funerals - Blvd Chapel

2624 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208

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Funeral Service

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Starts at 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

Cass Community United Methodist Church

3901 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201


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