First United Methodist Church
801 W Avenue B
Garland, TX 75040
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Mary Ellen McSpedden

1959 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Mary Ellen McSpedden Obituary
McSPEDDEN, Mary Ellen Jan. 29, 1959 - Oct. 22, 2016 Mary Ellen McSpedden passed away peacefully in her sleep early Saturday morning October 22. Mary's death was unexpected, and she will be keenly missed by her family and friends. A Dallas native, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Lee McSpedden and Billye Faye Dillon McSpedden. She is survived by two sisters, Melissa McSpedden and fiance Valentine Sonnier of Dallas, and Sarah McSpedden Hendricks and husband Wes Hendricks of McKinney. She is survived by two nephews, Spencer Hendricks and Wilson Hendricks, and by numerous cousins and their children. Mary was a devoted daughter, loving sister, favorite aunt, good friend and respected educator. She received her Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from East Texas State University. She had a special rapport with young children and was a talented reading specialist and special education teacher until she retired from the Greenville ISD. Mary was an achondroplastic dwarf, and met the challenges of her condition with grace and good humor. She lived her motto, "Nothing is impossible." She developed work-arounds to move in a world not designed for people of her stature, and nothing stopped her. She was a warm, friendly person, and had friends of every age, race and gender. Mary was a lifelong member and tireless volunteer for the Little People of America. Mary was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Garland, Texas, and sang in the choir. She was a first class Girl Scout. Mary's memorial service will be at 1:30 Sat. October 29, at First United Methodist Church, 801 West Ave. B, Garland TX 75040. A reception follows immediately at Churchill Estates at Lake Highlands, 8501 Lullwater Drive, Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Little People of America Schol-arship fund at www.lpaonline.org.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 28, 2016
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