Mary Stevens, 88

Mary B. Stevens, 88, Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, and longtime resident of Wabash, died at 3:15 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was born Oct. 30, 1926 in Salem, to Samuel Ellsworth and Minnie (Shields) Clark.

Mary was a 1945 graduate of Salem High School. She married Max L. Stevens in LaFontaine, on Jan. 11, 1947; he died April 30, 1999. She retired from the Wabash Abstract and Loan Company on Dec. 28, 2001, after 38 years, and was the office manager since 1963. She was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, the Christian Women's Fellowship, and the Wabash Chapter 90 Order of the Eastern Star. Mary enjoyed crocheting and made over 100 afghans, which she gave to her friends. 

She is survived by her son, David (Ginni) Stevens and son-in-law, Gary Rust, both of Wabash; two grandchildren, Amy (Tony) Tapper and Joel (Summer) Rust; and two great-grandchildren, Lane and Lincoln Rust, all of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mabel (Jack) Lutz; Wabash, and her brother, Marvin (Sandy) Clark, Salem. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Sheryl Rust; six brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Ron Zorn and Rev. Melinda Kammerer officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Wabash Christian Church.

The memorial guest book for Mary may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Nov 03