Mary Ellen Garris, age 72, of Carl Junction, MO, formerly of Pierce City, MO, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with cancer. Mary was born on February 9, 1941 in Emmetsburg, IA, to John and Doris Schaney Burke.
Mary worked at Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, MO, for 15 years as an RNA, CAN and a CMT. Mary loved taking care of people.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Paul Schaney.
She is survived by one brother, Jackie Schaney, and wife Jeanie, of Carthage, MO; one sister, Sylvia McGoffin, of California; four children, Mark Garris, and wife Lorraine, of Granby, MO, David Garris, and wife Rose, of Pinellas Park, FL, Rhonda Carnagey, and husband Doc, of Carl Junction, MO and Debbi Willoughby, and husband Chris, of Monett. Mary is also survived by twelve grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Garris will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Buchanan Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Monett. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at Buchanan Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be left at www.buchananfuneralhomemonett.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, MO.