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Mary Ruth Girten

March 12, 2013

Mary Ruth Girten
Dec. 31, 1918-March 9, 2013
PLYMOUTH — Mary Ruth Girten, 94, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013.
A longtime Plymouth resident, she was born New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1918, in Plymouth, the daughter of Walter J. Nelson and Stella May Fletcher.
She graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1936. She worked at the telephone company in Plymouth. For 31 years, she worked in the cafeteria of the Plymouth Community School System, retiring in 1995.
On Jan. 26, 1941, in Plymouth, she married the love of her life, Harry Girten. They made a home and a life together until his death in February of 2000. Married 59 years, Mary missed him so much.
She was a lifetime member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Her church and her family were the most important things in her life.
Mary was always involved in her children’s activities. A huge sports fan, she was the longest holder of season tickets to athletic events and a Big Red Boosters Club member. She was known by all of the students as “Grandma Girten.”
The mother of seven children, she was honored by the Plymouth Pilot as “Mother of the Year.”
Mary leaves a large and loving family to cherish her memory.
Her sons are: Larry (Amme) Girten: Bill (Donna) Girten, Bob Girten all of Plymouth. The daughters are: Dee (Jim) Brown, Plymouth: Lynn (Steve) Jacox Michigan City: Anne Gantz, Plymouth, and Patti Girten, Plymouth.
Two brothers also survive her death. They are: Wendell Nelson and Gordon Nelson. Three sisters also survive: Joan (Fred) Wolff, Rosemarie Campbell and Helen “Mick” Nelson, all of Plymouth. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
Mary was preceded in death by a daughter, Janie Louise Girten, her husband, Harry, and two brothers; James and Wayne Nelson.
Fourteen grandchildren survive Mary’s passing along with several stepgrand and great-grandchildren.
The grandchildren are:  Melanie (Tom) Van Dyke, Angie (Tim) Eads, Ronna (Ron) Sissel, Ted (Carol) Brown, Gina (James) Young, Nicole (Jason) Christy: Matt (Danielle) Gantz, Jill (Chris) Craig, Korey (Nate) Terronne, Blair Girten and Elizabeth, Katie (Brad) Clauss, Kasey (Evan) Record, Quentin (Ashley) Girten and Joel Girten.
Many thanks to special neighbors and care providers, Maureen and Cheryl.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth
Funeral services for Mary will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, in the funeral home with Tom Padberg, chaplain of the Center for Hospice Care and Pastor Mark Need, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment will follow in New Oakhill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563, the Plymouth High School Athletic Department, 1 Big Red Dr., Plymouth, IN 46563 and the Trinity United Church, 425 S. Michigan St., Plymouth, IN 46563.
To share memories with the family or to express condolence, please visit the funeral home’s website at: www.johnson-danielson.com

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