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Mary Jean Venable

15 May, 2010 by Ed Ediger

Mary Jean Venable, 85, of McPherson, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson, Kansas.

Mary was born in Reece, Kansas on July 30, 1924, the daughter of Fred Randall and Ruth Elizabeth (Long) Hale.

Mary attended both Lincoln and Washington elementary schools and McPherson High School, McPherson, Kansas.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lovington, New Mexico.

Mary began working for Jarold Shops, a Ladies ready to wear, as a sales woman. She later worked at Duckwalls as a sales clerk and retired from Mid-Tech Plastics as an assembler.

She was a member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 2715 Ladies Auxiliary, McPherson, Kansas

Mary was united in marriage to Ewing Venable on August 8, 1942 at Benton, Arkansas. He died on April 4, 1983.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra (Dennis) Wathke of McPherson, Kansas.; a son, Larry (Gina) Venable of McPherson, Kansas; a sister, Sandra (Bob) Perkins of M cPherson, Kansas;
a brother, Raymond Hale of Overland Park, Kansas; nine grandchildren, Michelle Woodman of Topeka, Kansas, Melissa Smith of Falls Church, Virginia, Tim Schmidt of McPherson, Kansas, Kelli Haigh of Lindsborg, Kansas, Ashley Venable of McPherson, Kansas, Denny Wathke of Topeka, Kansas, Kenny Wathke of Silver Lake, Kansas, Kevin Wathke of Topeka, Kansas, and Steve Wathke of Topeka, Kansas ; eighteen great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ewing; a daughter Mary "Beth" Scribner; two brothers; Fred Hale Jr. and James Hale; and three sisters, Alice Gregg, Blanche Connor, and Margaret Ann Chatley

Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation

Graveside inurnment of cremated remains will be at McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas, at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, with Chaplain Chris Whitacre officiating.

Final Resting Place McPherson Cemetery McPherson, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MAC Advantage Tennis McPherson, Kansas, or McPherson County Humane Society, in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid Street, McPherson, KS 67460-4207.

Posted By Pam Kerr on 17 May, 2010
Sandy, Larry and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm sorry for your loss she was the best Aunt. Always made us laugh.
I remember when Mary Beth and I were watching a scary movie at Grandma Hales house and Aunt Mary came up the stairs and said something and scared us half to death. We both fell on the floor and Aunt Mary just laughed at us. I remember back at all the good times we had.
I wish I could be there, but not possible now. Take care all of you...Love Pam

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