Mary Brown, 97

Mary Ellen Brown, 97, Wabash, passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at Autumn Ridge Healthcare Center, Wabash. She was born to the late Lee and Mable (Green) Ross on March 30, 1917 in Aurora.

She married Dallas C. Brown on Jan. 17, 1944; he passed away in September of 1979. She was a member of College Corner Brethren Church, Wabash. Mary loved working in her yard and flower gardens.

She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Benson-Burnworth, Wabash; sister, Ruby Martin, Wabash; four grandchildren, Ken Benson (Chris), Wabash, Mrs. Don (Carol) Sweet, Converse, Janie Hayslett, Wabash, Indiana, and Mrs. Paul (Mary) Cornett, Wabash; 10 great grandchildren, Kim (Ryan) Hawkins, Fenton, Mo., Matt (Stacie Frehse) Benson, Wabash, Neil (Elaine) Sweet, Converse, Jason (Alisha) Sweet, Converse, Nikki (Matt) Bajor, Converse, Kelli (Hayslett) Nelson, Wabash, Adam Hayslett, Wabash, Ben Cornett, Wabash, Mark (Erica) Cornett, North Manchester, and Kasey Cornett, Wabash; 14 great-great grandchildren and four great-great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Dallas Brown, great-great grandson, Tanner Hayslett, and a grandson in-law, Clyde Hayslett.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Brad Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Lawns Cemetery in Wabash, Indiana.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are directed to College Corner Brethren Church, 8996 S 500 W, Wabash, Indiana 46992.

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Posted on 2014 Jul 02