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Bike Accident Takes Life of Thetford’s Burrows

Mary Burrows

The Thetford Corp. family remains among the many mourning today after Mary R. Burrows, 53, the company’s long-time manager of Chemical Engineering and a true RV industry expert, died Tuesday (June 26) night following a bicycle accident near her home in Dexter, Mich.

“Mary was a wonderful friend, person and co-worker,” Thetford Executive Vice President Kevin Phillips said. “She was liked and respected by everyone who worked at Thetford the past three decades. Mary touched so many people… to say that she will be greatly missed is an understatement.”

Burrows began at Ann Arbor-based Thetford in 1983, shortly after graduating from Albion (Mich.) College. She was responsible for the formulation, production and quality control of every chemical product that the company made.

Well-known in the RV industry, Burrows annually attended the National RV Trade Show and various consumer events. She was tireless in answering any question from anyone – RVer, dealer, distributor, campground worker, etc. – wanting to know the truth, based on chemistry and verified by testing, about RV sanitation or care.

The two women reporting to Burrows in Thetford’s Chem Lab, Karin Johansson and Janis Thomson, each worked with her for more than 24 years.

Burrows was married, the mother of two daughters and recently become a proud grandmother. She loved most outdoor activities and to laugh. A celebration of her rich life will take place on Saturday afternoon.


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#1 Comment By Sharlene Murden On June 29, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

Mary will surely be missed. She was a great asset to Thetford. She answered many questions for me about the chemicals they sell. Our hearts and blessing go out to the family at home and work.

#2 Comment By Mark Hovanec On August 1, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

What a shock. Several years ago before joining Lance, I produced a video with Mary. It was hard to believe she was a genius under that smile – with her ability to communicate in words normal people understood. I am honored to have shared the experience I had with Mary; and send my thoughts and prayers to those she shared her life and career with. She made a difference and inspired everyone she touched. Her smile will burn forever in our hearts.