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Mary Ellen Ton B.F. (before fire) was a beautiful woman. She was a vivacious, energetic 18 year old when she married my dad and embarked on her first two major roles, that of a minister’s wife and a mother. She would be by dad’s side from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Parr, Lafayette, Evansville, and finally Indianapolis. She was a stay-at-home mom, raising four rambunctious kids, while at the same time being the quintessential minister’s wife, teaching Sunday School, hosting dinners, and making sure the four of us were on our best behavior.
Mary Ellen Ton, age 79 of Indianapolis, IN passed away Saturday July 27, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 5, 1933 to the late Hallie and Mary (Fadner) Williams.
Mary Ellen had published two books and authored many magazines articles. Mary Ellen was an avid volunteer at Hoosier Village and had managed their gift shop. She was also a volunteer for the American Baptist Conference Center in Green Lake, WI.
Mary Ellen is survived by her husband of 63 years, L. Eugene Ton and her children, Mitchell Ton, Jill McGregor, Jeff (Carmen) Ton and Joel (Carmen Wood) Ton. Her grandchildren are, Jeremy Ton, Bradley (Holly) Ton, Jeffrey McGregor, Ross (Alicia) McGregor and Kyle McGregor. There are four great grandchildren. One sister, Hallie Stollenwerk and brother, Charles M. Williams.
Memorial services will be celebrated on Tuesday July 30, 2013 at 11:00 am in First Baptist Church of Indianapolis, of which she was a member. Calling will be in the church parlor from 9:00 am to time of service.
You are invited to visit the website where you may share a personal memory of Mary Ellen, sign the guest book or arrange a memorial gift to First Baptist Karen Ministry c/o First Baptist Church, 8600 N. College, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel is assisting with funeral arrangements.
In short, you could say, the Mary Ellen Ton most of us know, was born on January 4, 1980. Both Mary Ellen’s will be desperately missed. We will miss our mom, but I will also miss my spiritual guide.