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Obituaries

September 17, 2013

Mary Elizabeth (Spessard) Workman

McPHERSON, Kan. — Mary Elizabeth (Spessard) Workman, 93, died Saturday.

She was born July 18, 1920, near Nickerson, the daughter of Keller and Agnes (Slifer) Spessard.

In 1955, she was invited by her church denomination to serve as director of children’s work, an assignment she capably fulfilled until her marriage at McPherson in 1963 to Ronald Workman of Goshen, Ind. In the Goshen congregation, she served as chair of Christian Education Commission and coordinated the college-age program. For the district, she was a co-leader of Mission Twelve.

She helped to establish the Oaklawn Psychiatric Center Auxiliary, serving as president for the first two years.

In 1968, she began employment with the Elkhart Rehabilitation Center, becoming the founder of Services for the Visually Impaired in the capacity as director of services.

 In 1972, she was named ‘Woman of the Year” by the Goshen Business and Professional Women’s Organization. In 1980, Beta Sigma Phi gave her their “First Lady of the Year” award.

In 1985, during Ron’s illness, she was introduced to hospice and in the following years, provided hospice leadership in Goshen, Elkhart, Ind. and McPherson. Ron passed away May 7, 1985.

Survivors include a stepson, David Workman of Denton, Texas; three stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and three nieces.

A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at McPherson Church of the Brethren.

Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson Church of the Brethren in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

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