Mary Beth Carl, age 66, of Kalamazoo, MI beloved wife, mother, step-mother, grandmother and friend, Mary Beth Carl (Lynott) passed away on October 20, surrounded by family and friends, following a long battle with breast cancer. Born on May 13, 1951 to John Patrick and Phillipa (McDonough) Lynott in Chicago, Mary Beth was adopted by Vivian (Cooley) Lynott, following her birth mother's premature death and her father's remarriage. Mary Beth is survived by her husband Earl; son Matthew; step-daughter Malia Gravel (Carl) of Wasilla, AK, her children Conner and Talon Aycock and Gabriel Gravel and Malia's extended family; her step children from her first marriage to Stephan Walsh, Jonathon and Andrea (Walsh) Huhf; six nieces and a nephew; and several recently rediscovered cousins. Having grown up near the Lake Michigan shore of northern Indiana, Mary Beth took great pride in having testified before Congress in support of the creation of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Before moving to Kalamazoo, Mary Beth attended the University of Indiana studying Theater and Dramatic Arts (beginning her life-long Hoosier athletics fandom) and had served as the Deputy Country Clerk of Porter County Indiana. Mary Beth began a near 30-year career in the insurance industry with Pension & Group Services, eventually retiring as a Business Analyst for CBCA, accumulating a large crowd of decades-long friendships among her co-workers. An avid collector of World's Fair memorabilia, Beanie Babies and Barbies, MB's greatest joy came with the birth of her son, Matthew in 1996. His participation in athletics, particularly soccer, renewed her close association with Hackett Catholic Prep, begun with her step-daughter, Andrea Walsh. For any of Andrea's tennis matches or Matthew's soccer, baseball, basketball or football games, Mary Beth was the green-clad voice in the stands cheering for the Irish. A Funeral Mass will be held for Mary Beth on Friday, Nov. 3 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Monica's Catholic Church, followed by a luncheon and remembrance. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.