MITCHELL – Mary Elizabeth McKinney Wardrip, 89, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013, at IU Health Bloomington Hospice House.
Born September 29, 1923, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Paul R. and Nellie (Ryker) LaShorne, Sr. She married Dr. Clair C. McKinney December 1, 1945, and he preceded her in death June 6, 1971. She and Rev. Howard Wardrip were married July 6, 1985, and he preceded her in death May 14, 2001.
Mary graduated from Howe High School and founded Mitchell Optical in 1950. She had previously taught Sunday School at Old Union United Methodist Church.
Surviving: daughters, Donna (David) LaRocca Mitchell
Cheryl (Alan) Wood, Mitchell
18 great grandchildren
Her parents; husbands; and brothers, Dr. Paul R. LaShorne, Jr., and William LaShorne, preceded her in death.
Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Rev. Pat Sinnott officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.
Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.