Mary Jean (Linville) Bennett

Mary Jean (Linville) Bennett, 88, of Morristown, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 13, 2013. She was born on May 29, 1924, at home to Luther Chandis Linville and Nola Mariah (Barnard) Linville.

Mary Jean married Harold Bennett on Feb. 25, 1947, and he survives.

Mary Jean graduated from Morristown High School in 1942 and attended Union Bible Seminary. She was a lifetime member of Little Blue River Friends Church, where she was the pianist, song leader, and Sunday School teacher for many years. In 1980, she started the “Miracles” clown ministry with her daughter, Alicia; and niece, Karen. They traveled all over for 12 years singing and bringing joy to many different groups.  She also gave piano and accordion lessons. She loved the Lord with all her heart and her desire was to serve the Lord with music and laughter.

Mary Jean’s past employment included working at three local groceries, a grain elevator store, and as a custodian (with her husband) for Shelbyville First Christian Church and Family Services. She enjoyed serving others and loved her co-workers.

Other survivors include daughters, Marla Jean (Greg) Fish, Pat Bennett, Alicia L. (Rodney) Brown, and Gail Voorhis; brothers, John Linville and William Linville, both of Morristown; sister, Wilna Linville Miller of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Joshua (Katie) Brown, Jacob (Melinda) Brown, Leslie (Josh) Lewis, Nicholas (Lauren) Fish, and Whitney (Evan) Speicher; and great-grandchildren, Chaney Brown, Tucker Brown, Paislee Brown, Rigley Brown, Crista Brown, Addie Grace Brown, Elysia Danforth, and LaBelle Danforth.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and brothers, Sharon Linville and Joseph Linville.

Visitation will take place from 4 until 8 p.m.on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013,  at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013,  at Little Blue River Friends Church, 122 S. 1000 W., Morristown. Jacob Brown, a grandson, will be officiating and burial will follow at Asbury Cemetery in Morristown.

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