Jan. 29, 1917 - Aug. 22, 2008
FORT WAYNE, Ind.-- Mary Alice Ryman Vette was born to Louis Morton and Cora Ryman on Jan.29, 1917, at Climbing Hill, Iowa. She and her family moved to the Colby and Levant, Kan., area on a farm where she grew up and attended school.
She married Charles Elmer Vette on July 10, 1943. To this union were born two children, Barbara Ann and Charles Elmer Vette Jr. She and her husband Charles and family moved to Enders, Neb., in 1952, where Charles was employed by the government as the caretaker of the Enders Dam.
She was an active member of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church near Wauneta, Neb., and later attended the Imperial United Methodist Church and United Methodist Church of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Following the death of her husband Charles in 1967, at Enders, she moved to Imperial, Neb., where she worked at several businesses and took in sewing to keep her busy.
In 1983, she moved to Fort Wayne to be near family and doctors. She enjoyed an active life there until recent years when she entered the Park View Assisted Living in Fort Wayne where she strived to be a positive influence on her friends and staff there.
She entered into her heavenly home on Aug. 22, 2008.
Mary was a farm girl at heart and loved to help her dad on the family farm along with her brothers and sisters. She especially loved animals and working in the garden with her vegetables and flowers. She also was a wonderful cook. Many family and friends loved to slide their legs under her table for her special meals. She loved to prepare her famous hamburgers to grill for anyone who might stop by or for large family gatherings. She loved to can her produce and share the extra with her neighbors.
Mary loved the life of wife, mother, and grandmother. She taught her children to believe in God, work hard, learn how to do many things, and to live with integrity. When someone of the family would show anxiety or stress about the future, she would often tell them, Oh ye of little Faith, where is your Faith?
Mary loved to send cards and letters regularly to family and friends. She loved to receive the flowers and goodies and visits from Heath, Michelle and Matt, and so enjoyed the phone calls, pictures, and long letters from Bobby, Crystal, and Lane and Kelcie.
She enjoyed watching professional sports on TV and could tell you almost anything you needed to know about the players. She also enjoyed attending sporting events of her grandchildren while living in Fort Wayne.
She was blessed to have family close by to help her during her ailing health. She especially looked forward to her regular Saturday night phone visits with Chuck and when Chuck wasn't present she and Betty carried on the conversation with much laughter and girl talk.
She will be truly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Mary in death were her parents; her husband, Charles; brothers, Donald, Mick, Frank, Dale, Marlin and Jack; and sisters, Lucille and Ruth.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara and husband, Doug McCoy of Fort Wayne; her son, Chuck and wife, Betty Vette of Wauneta; grandchildren, Tammy and husband, Mike Plummer, Rob McCoy, Michelle and husband, Heath Seeker, Bobby and wife, Crystal Vette and Katrina and husband, Sean Baker; and great-grandchildren, Brian and Katie Plummer, Matthew Seeker, Lane and Kelcie Vette and Tyson Baker; and other family and friends.
Funeral services were Aug. 27, 2008, at the Harrison Funeral Chapel in Colby Kan. Officiating was Pastor Judy Dye. Music by Lucille McBride and Diane Ham. Interment was at the Beulah Cemetery at Colby.
Casket Bearers were Michelle Seeker, Heath Seeker, Bobby Vette, Crystal Vette, Katrina Baker and Sean Baker.