Mary Ellen Hammersley

April 21, 2020

Mary Ellen Hammersley died at age 101 in Frankfort, Ind. on April 21, 2020. She was born on March 2, 1919 in Osgood, Ind., to Chancie and Naomi (Black) Lemen.  She was the wife of Dr George K. Hammersley who preceded her in death in 2000.  Mary Ellen graduate from Osgood High School, Ripley County, Indiana in 1937 and Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1940.  She married her husband George in 1941 and after his service in the liberation of France in WWII, she became a homemaker in Frankfort, Indiana, where she raised their three children.

Mary Ellen was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Tri Kappa, Literary Club, Hospital Auxiliary and Health Committee at Wesley Manor.

Visitation and Services

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Wesley Manor Good Samaritan Fund, 1555 N. Main St., Frankfort, IN 46041 or the First Christian Church, 58 S. Columbia St., Frankfort, IN 46041.

Survived by:

Mary Ellen is survived by three children, Mary George (John) Kipp, Michael (Lois) Hammersley and Gia (Leo) Bonaventura, sister, Phyllis Courtaney, 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 11 siblings and 1 grandson.


Leave your Condolences

13 Condolences for “Mary Ellen Hammersley”

  1. Patty Deford QMA April 23, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Hugs to Mary Ellen’s family,
    She was a nurse till the end. One of the hero’s. She will be missed.

  2. Kathy Blanch April 23, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of your precious mother. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  3. Denise Scofield April 24, 2020 at 7:48 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a very kind, sweet person.

  4. Jill Paddack April 24, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Gia and Leo & Family~

    I’m so sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved mom, mother-in-law and grandma. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jill Paddack

  5. Jan McGill April 24, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    What a lovely and wonderful lady! Mary Ellen was a lifelong friend for me – a part of my childhood. I have so many warm memories, and my thoughts are with her family at this rough time.

    Jan McGill

    • Eric L. Mundell April 24, 2020 at 5:45 pm

      Lovely to see your condolence message, Jan, and glad that your memories of Mary Ellen are also as warmly felt as mine. Your loving kindness at my time of loss was so generous and heartwarming to me. I’ll never forget it. Love to you, Jan!

  6. Andrea Shriver April 24, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    To the whole Hammersley family, my prayers for now in losing a wonderful Mother. She was always kind in her greeting to me.

  7. Eric L. Mundell April 24, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Mary George, Mike, Gia, and families:
    Mary Ellen was, assuredly, one of the true gems of Frankfort and a loving, beautiful soul. Though I barely remember those very early years when our families were neighbors, it was a pleasure to have contact throughout the years with both of your lovely parents. They were an amazing couple, incredible contributors to the community, and truly memorable individuals. Mary Ellen was a perfect lady in so many ways, and she touched many lives with her grace and her kind deeds. So much of this you already knew, though I realize how much the kind words and deeds meant to me when I had to say goodbye to my own mother, who had traits so similar to Mary Ellen. We do miss them, but know they have moved on to a place of peace, calm, and beauty. Do take care, and treasure the great memories and a life well lived.

  8. Carol Ann Henderson April 25, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Gia Kay and Sod and Mary George…
    So sorry to read of your mother’s passing… We both know that losing a mother Is difficult. 101 years is really amazing though!

    Hope you and your families are all well… This is truly a unique time in all our lives…

    Carol Ann and Martin Henderson

  9. Louise Smith April 25, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Gia and family, I want to express my sympathy to you and pray warm memories will sustain you at this time, Louise and Jim Smith

  10. Marilyn Bourne April 26, 2020 at 8:41 am

    To the Hammersley family. I use to clean her apartment and do her laundry. Thank you for sharing her life with me. A beautiful soul gone too soon. May you find peace and comfort in the days to come.

  11. Jacqueline J Rose May 1, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Mary George, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. It is always such a heart break to lose a mother. It’s wonderful that you had her for so long, and I hope you are doing well.

    Jacke Power Rose

  12. Dena Bonaventura May 20, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    I am so lucky to have called you my Grandma. I love you Grandma very much!

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