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Mary Elizabeth McKinney WardripPassing: March 10, 2013


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Wednesday, March 13th @ 2:00 pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Wednesday, March 13th @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Wednesday, March 13th

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
                                     5 grandchildren
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.

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15 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Kathy & Paul Stroud | 49GrandeCaminoWay, Ft.Pierce, FL.34951
    Date: March 18, 2013
    Such a loss to so many....our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families...
  2. Guest: Vonda Heverly | Indianapolis
    Date: March 14, 2013
    Cheryl, Donna, and all the family, I am sorry to hear of Mary's passing. My thoughts are with all of you.
  3. Guest: Tina Earl | Williams, IN
    Date: March 14, 2013
    To Cheryl and family: So sorry to hear of your dear Mother's passing. I worked for her for several years before getting married and the birth of my twins. She was always so kind to me and I dearly loved her. My brothers, Tom & Gary Johnson, worked on her farms years ago. You will all be in my prayers for comfort and strength. Respectfully, Tina (Johnson) Earl
  4. Guest: Connie Reynolds Stoll | Chandler, Indiana
    Date: March 13, 2013
    Donna and Cheryl, May you feel God's presence in the loss of your mother. As has been stated, she was a very upbeat and smiling person. So sorry.
  5. Guest: Suzi (Connell) Wilson | Mitchell, IN
    Date: March 13, 2013
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I am thinking of you and your family.
  6. Guest: becky(janie) briscoe hawk | mitchell, indiana
    Date: March 13, 2013
    cheryl and alan and all the family... so sorry for your loss of your loved one. alan... so glad we got to talk at the bloomington hospital. missed seeing you there before sean came home fri. now i know why. it gave me great comfort to talk to you that day in the rehab waiting room and i hope i did you ( about being saved and our past lives). mary is walking now and out of that wheelchair and with her husbands in heaven, i know she is!!!! she's happy!!!!! GOD is great and lean on him for comfort in your grief!!! have been praying for you. i told howdy about mary and he was sad but he knows she's in a better place too. we all will be together with our loved ones again!!!! stay strong!!!!
  7. Guest: Dana Dunbar | Mitchell, IN
    Date: March 13, 2013
    Cheryl, Brenda and I were sorry to hear about Mary's passing. We are out of town but wanted you to know we were thinking of you. You have our deepest sympathy. Dana
  8. Guest: De De Stone | Mitchell, IN
    Date: March 13, 2013
    Cheryl and Alan and Family I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was a special lady who always had a smile on her face. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
  9. Guest: Marilyn Connell-Gifford | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: March 12, 2013
    Sorry for the loss of your mother. Your family has our deepest sympathy.
  10. Guest: Linda Hackler | Bedford, IN
    Date: March 12, 2013
    Cheryl my sincere symphathy in the loss of a good Mother. I enjoyed working with her and learned a great profession from both of you. My prayers are with you.
  11. Guest: Robin Bailey | Bedford, IN
    Date: March 12, 2013
    Mary was one of my favorite satellite/tv customers! I could talk and talk and never leave. You will be missed Mary. My prayers are with the whole family. Robin Bailey - Robin Bailey Satellite
  12. Guest: Lela Howell | Mitchell, In.
    Date: March 12, 2013
    Mary was such a special person. Always very friendly
  13. Guest: Ruthanne & Danny Blackwell | Bedford, IN
    Date: March 12, 2013
    Donna & Cheryl please know that you and your families are in out prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.
  14. Guest: Suzie Leatherman | MitchellIN
    Date: March 12, 2013
    Cheryl & family, So sorry for your loss. Mary was a very classy lady and she always had a smile. She will be missed by all that knew her. Cherish all the memories and great times and she will be with you always. God has added a special angel to heaven. You are in my prayers.
  15. Guest: Candace Isom | Mitchell, IN
    Date: March 11, 2013
    So sorry to learn of your Mother's passing. I remember her as an energetic, upbeat person who always had smile a pleasant word for those she met.