You could say Mary Vick Spaulding has spent her entire life in the death industry.
Her father, Harold, was a funeral director in Mount Clemens and he began teaching her the trade when she was in first grade. Back then they would spend time together in the embalming room as he began showing her the ropes. Spaulding says death has been something that’s been normal to her for her entire life.
Spaulding became a licensed funeral director 38 years ago, and for 25 years she worked alongside her father. He died in 2001 and these days she manages the family business, the Harold W. Vick Funeral Home.
I asked her to share what she knows about life and death that the rest of us might not know. Here’s what she said:
Anatomy is beautiful.