Mary Jean Venable, 85, of McPherson, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson.
Mary was born in Reece on July 30, 1924, the daughter of Fred Randall and Ruth  Elizabeth (Long) Hale.
Mary attended both Lincoln and Washington elementary schools and McPherson High School, McPherson, Kansas.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lovington, New Mexico.
Mary began working for Jarold Shops, a Ladies ready to wear, as a sales woman.   She later worked at Duckwalls as a sales clerk and retired from Mid-Tech Plastics as an assembler.
She was a member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 2715 Ladies Auxiliary, McPherson, Kansas
Mary was united in marriage to Ewing Venable on August 8, 1942 at Benton, Arkansas.  He died on April 4, 1983.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra  (Dennis) Wathke of McPherson, Kansas.; a son, Larry  (Gina) Venable of McPherson, Kansas; a sister, Sandra (Bob) Perkins of M cPherson, Kansas;
a brother, Raymond Hale of Overland Park, Kansas; five grandchildren, Michelle Woodman of Topeka, Kansas, Melissa Smith of Falls Church, Virginia, Tim Schmidt of McPherson, Kansas, Kelli Haigh of Lindsborg, Kansas, and Ashley Venable of McPherson, Kansas; ten great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her  parents, her husband, Ewing; a daughter Mary "Beth" Scribner; two brothers; Fred Hale Jr. and James Hale; and three sisters, Alice Gregg, Blanche Connor, and Margaret Ann Chatley
Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation
Graveside inurnment of cremated remains will be at McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas, at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, 2010,  with Chaplain Chris Whitacre officiating.
Final Resting Place McPherson Cemetery McPherson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MAC Advantage Tennis McPherson, Kansas,   or McPherson County Humane Society, in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid Street, McPherson, KS 67460-4207.