Mary Dempster, of Satellite Beach, passed Friday, April 19, 2013. Mary was fun to be with, witty and beautiful inside and out. She loved life and will be sorely missed.
Mary was born to the late Mary Standley and Grandpa Jones in Keokuk, Iowa. She married the late Bob Billups before relocating to Miami, Florida in 1954 where Mary worked in Medical Records at Miami Children's Hospital. Mary relocated to Melbourne where she worked for 12 years at Holmes Regional Medical Center in their Medical Records Department. Mary then married the late William Dempster of Satellite Beach in 1996, they lived happily together in retirement until his death in 2008.
Mary had a love of Orchids and was a member of the Brevard County Orchid Society for 20 years. She also was active with the Red Hat Society, because of her good friend Verna Deivert. Mary looked forward to the Wednesday lunches and Saturday dinners with her Widows and Friends group, Betty, Bronya, Rita, Barbara, Irene, and Mary Ann.
Mary is survived by her sister, Helen Finch of The Villages; Helen's children, Ed Finch and Vicki Johnson; and her daughter, Christine Keller of Satellite Beach. She also is survived by three grandchildren, Jason Billups (Mykel) of Miami, Brian and Andrew Creel of Indialantic as well as two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Quinn. Mary's stepchildren through her marriage to Bill are Jeff, Clay, Carol and Terri.
Mary told Christine she would die of a broken heart because of the loss of her three children Stephen Billups, Gregory Billups, and Dianne Creel.
Service information available at www.afcfcare.com or by calling Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, 321-724-2222.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Apr. 21, 2013