Mary Ellen Moffit

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Mary Ellen Sullivan Moffitt, 71, of Morrisonville passed away Friday, May 4, 2007, at 6:30 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center.

Mary was the daughter of the late John Thomas and Winifred Burgess Sullivan. She married James E. Moffitt on Nov. 27, 1991; he preceded her in death. Three of Mary's brothers, Roy, Ed and Tom, also preceded her in death.

Mary graduated from Morrisonville High School with the class of 1953. The following year, on Aug. 2, 1954, she was offered a position with the Bivin Funeral Home in Morrisonville. She knew little about the business but soon adapted, doing everything from answering the phone, preparing for funerals, working visitations, to helping with the Bivin Ambulance on 24-hour call between the Morrisonville and Pawnee homes. In 1989, she became co-owner of the Moffitt Funeral Home in Morrisonville until her retirement in 1998.

Mary served the Morrisonville community throughout the years doing many duties for a variety of organizations. She was a member of the Civic Janes for more than 30 years and served the American Red Cross and Community Blood Bank by heading the blood drives each time they came to Morrisonville for more than 20 years. Until a few years ago, she had directed the Morrisonville/Palmer Food Pantry since its beginning. Mary was a member of the Rebekah Lodge Orient 2 and volunteered many hours for their cause. She was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville, serving as trustee for many years. She was a member of the Faithful Friends Circle associated with the First Presbyterian Church. In 1992, Mary received a recognition award from the Morrisonville Masonic Lodge for volunteering many hours on call as an EMT for the Morrisonville Community Ambulance. She also was worthy adviser for the Rainbow Girls, a member of the Morrisonville Community Club and board member of the Morrisonville Historical Society. Mary was selected by the Morrisonville Community Club board in 1993 as the 66th annual picnic and homecoming parade marshal, and in 1993 she was chosen senior queen for the Morrisonville Sesquicentennial. Mary was always there to lend a helping hand in anyone's time of need.

April 4, 2004, was declared "Mary Moffitt Day" by the village of Morrisonville.

Surviving Mary is one brother, James Loren (wife, Hildie) Sullivan of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. Mary also leaves behind many dear friends.

Friends may call Sunday, May 6, 2007, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Moffitt-Perfetti Funeral Home in Morrisonville. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 7, 2007, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Morrisonville, with the Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow in Morrisonville Cemetery.

In memory of Mary, memorials in her name may be given to First Presbyterian Church or the Morrisonville Community Ambulance.

Moffitt-Perfetti Funeral Home in Morrisonville is in charge of arrangements.

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