Notes and News



Mary Catherine “MaryCay” (Bartush) Jones

Mary Catherine "MaryCay" (Bartush) Jones Obituary

Jones (nee Bartush)

Mary Catherine “MaryCay” age 87 August 30, 2017 Loving mother of C. Christopher (Vicky) Jones, Michael D. (Joanne) Jones, and M. Catherine Jones-Hauptman. Cherished grandmother of Courtney, Amanda, Sabrina; Devin, Meghan, Kate, Colleen; Charlotte, Jack, Thomas and Gigi. Devoted sister of the late Addison J. Bartush, the late Charles F. Bartush, and the late John S. “Jack” Bartush. Also survived by many dearly loved nieces and nephews. Visitation at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile), Friday, September 22, 4-8pm. Funeral Mass at St. Regis Catholic Church, 3695 Lincoln Rd, Bloomfield Hills, Saturday, September 23 at 11:30am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 11am. Memorials appreciated to Harbor Hall and Christ Child Society. A Memorial Service will be held in Harbor Springs at a later date.

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Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press on Sept. 3, 2017

Mary Cay and Christ Child Society of Northern Michigan History, our Benefactor

The road to the acquisition of the Harbor Springs Christ Child House started with a closet in house on Bay Street in Petoskey owned by the Moon family. The Christ Child chapter was offered a closet in this house to centralize their files.  Previously they would travel between the homes of members.  As projects expanded so did the need for more organization.  Mary Lee Moon noted this and went to the Board of Harbor Hall, a home donated by the Jones and Moon families in Petoskey to support substance abuse education and recovery, and asked them to provide the Christ Child Society with a room.  Mary Lee and Christ Child member Diane Conn went shopping for office supplies and William Conn donated a typewriter.  From there the activity increased and Mary Cay and Mary Lee began thinking of a house for the Christ Child Society.

The purchase of the house was not an action that was welcomed by all members.  Fiscal responsibility needed to be demonstrated to ensure that money that was donated for the children would go to the children and not to the upkeep of the house.  Diane Conn was President at that time and initiated the work with trust attorneys and CPA’s in the area to establish an Endowment Fund.  This fund would function as a separate account to support the maintenance and costs of running the house.  The fund of $150,000.00 was established through donations from generous residents, summer residents, family foundations and local businesses.  Endowment Fund donations and the interest income continue to maintain the house and grounds.  It is a much appreciated and valued asset allowing the chapter to substantially grow and expand its programming.  From an initial membership of 23, we now have nearly 200 members.





3 Comments on “Notes and News

  1. It was a great luncheon w/ much important information shared. We know we still have much to do. The Honor given to Volunteers of the Year(s) was just so appropriate it brought tears to all our eyes. And, thank you for the fun photos too! They helped make the Luncheon even more memorable. Linda Henry’s leadership has been stellar through grace, dignity and incredible competence.


  2. Congratulations to all these fine and dedicated people!
    I am proud to know you…
    Frances Shepard


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