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Mary Ellen (Ketcham) Catron

Mary Ellen (Ketcham) Catron, on June 7, 2018, after 88 years of life, now resides in “that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

A lifelong resident of Rossville, she was born Aug. 24, 1929, to Dr. John S. and Daphne Mae (Seward) Ketcham. She was a 1947 graduate of Rossville High School and married D. Glay Catron that same year. They were blessed with six children but only 23 years together before he passed in 1970. In 1993 after 32 years she retired from Mallory Controls in Frankfort. She promptly went back to work part time at Milner’s Health Care, Rossville Video and the Mini Mart simultaneously. She was called out of retirement the second time when Terry McGill Sr. asked her to come work in the office at CFS. She worked for Terry from 1995 to 2003, retiring a third and final time!

She was a devoted member of the Rossville United Methodist Church, the Homer Cameron Legion Auxiliary and the Helen Bonebrake and Clinton Chapters of The Order of the Eastern Star.

She was an avid reader, at times reading a book a day!! She enjoyed her family, her organizations and, especially, the “Lunch Bunch girls.” But more than anything else, she was the most loving, supportive and understanding mother to her six children. We girls are so thankful we were able to spend vacations with her over the last several years, quality mother-daughter time we will cherish forever.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, William G. Catron; and her brother, Dr. James S. Ketcham.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Hill of Lafayette, Sandy (Gerry) Tyra of Mesa, Arizona, Marsha (John) Catron-Randall of West Lafayette, Sally McGill and Stacy (Steve) Miller, both of Rossville and Daphne (Greg) Welk of Loudon Tennessee; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Mack Daniel Ketcham of Brookfield, Missouri.

A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, June 16, at the Rossville Park Pavilion (2 Catron Lane). Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to the beginning of the Eastern Star Service at 3:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

We give a special thanks to the caring and supportive nurses and staff of the Franciscan Hospice Care Group.