Mary Ellen Armour Stone was born Aug. 13, 1926, in Western, Nebr., to Ernest M. and Anna K. Winter Armour. She was the youngest of four children.
She graduated from Western High School and the University of Nebraska with a degree in business administration. While at the university, she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and served on the Panhellenic Association Board.
May 27, 1948, she was married to Richard J. Stone of Comstock. They were blessed with two children, Debi and Ric. Their family lived a few years in Western, but most of their married life was spent in Comstock. They retired to Broken Bow nearly 25 years ago.
Mary taught business classes and coached volleyball in the Western High School for a short time before marrying Dick and moving to Comstock. While in Comstock, she taught 11th grade English, economic geography, jr. business and vocal music. Once their family began, Mary stopped working (for a paycheck!) and enjoyed keeping their home and family well taken care of.
She was a member of Eastern Star, Comstock Community Club, PEO, Broken Bow Country Club and the United Methodist Church.
Mary enjoyed many activities with her family and friends, including bridge, golf, theatrical and musical productions, church activities and did we mention, bridge? She loved her bridge groups and enjoyed many special friendships there.
She was also a fierce Nebraska football fan and traveled to many away games with family and friends. She was very proud to be a Republican and was recently honored by the Custer County Republicans.
Mary fought a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She chose to fight instead of sitting it out. She was very brave, and put her trust in the Lord and his timetable.
She is survived by daughter, Debi and her husband Wayne Garrison of Lincoln; son, Ric and his wife Cenci of Hastings; grandchildren, Emily Garrison of Wellington, Colo., Gabriel (Jason) Bargen of Eagle, Idaho, Nick Garri-son (Richelle) of Renton, Wash., Shelby and Trevor Stone of Hastings; great-granddaughter, Peyton Bargen and great-grandsons, Tristan Bargen and Stone Garrison, and a host of wonderful, caring friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Dick; her parents; brother, Jimmy who died when he was a toddler; sisters, Betty and Frank and their husbands, Bob and Frank.
Memorials are suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, specifically Myotonic Dystrophy.
Published in Custer County Chief, Sept. 13, 2012