Mary Ellen Root, 72, of McPherson, passed away Saturday, (Aug. 24, 2019) peacefully at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

Mary Ellen was born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 29, 1947.

Mary Ellen attended a rural grade school in Pawnee County and Larned High School, Larned, graduating in 1965. She then attended Fort Hays State University, Fort Hays, were she graduated with a sociology degree in 1970.

She was a member of First Mennonite Church McPherson.

Through the years Mary Ellen worked  as a social worker for the State of Kansas and a case worker for MCDS in McPherson until she retired in 2003.

Mary Ellen enjoyed volunteer work, helping in numerous activities at her church and spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter Sarah  Keller, of San Antonio, Texas.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ashton Keller, Parker Keller and Robyn Keller.

Mary was preceded in death by her adopted parents Hollis and Sadie Gore and her son Joshua William Root.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 10:30 a.m.  Monday (Sept. 2, 2019) at the First Mennonite Church, McPherson, with Pastor Rose Marie Zook Barber officiating.

Burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of McPherson and they can be sent to Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 W. Euclid, McPherson, Kansas 67460.