Mary E. Elliott

Mary E. Elliott

Passed away on March 21, 2013, at the age of 90. Mrs. Elliott was born in Washington, D.C. as Mary Edith Risley on January 20, 1923. She grew up in Chicago and Mount Carmel, Illinois, and graduated from Evansville's Deaconess Hospital registered nursing program in 1944. While attending a residency program at Indiana University Medical Center that year, she met her future husband, James Herbert Elliott, a photographer from Fancy Farm, Kentucky. They were married in 1945 on January 20 - which happened to be the date of both of their birthdays. The two settled in Indianapolis, where they lived happily for close to 50 years until Mr. Elliott's death in 1994.

While raising five children, Mrs. Elliott returned to nursing at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville and St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She was an active volunteer, first with the Red Cross during World War II, and later with the 500 Festival Committee, the Indianapolis Zoological Society, and St. Vincent's Hospital. She had a lifelong interest in gardening, was an avid golfer, and a talented quilter. She shared a love of bridge with a close circle of friends who played together for over 40 years. She loved the warmth and sunshine of Florida, where she lived for over a decade.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses, James C. (Sandy) Elliott of Lake Mary, Florida, George S. Elliott (Jeane) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kathleen M. Elliott (James Fisher) of West Harrison, Indiana, Janice L. Elliott (Lawrence Kenney) of Hamden, Connecticut, and Michael H. (Monique) Elliott of Ridgefield, Connecticut; as well as her dear friend, Mahlon Herrick. Mrs. Elliott also has two grandchildren: Sara Elliott and Katherine Kenney.

Mary Elliott's passing will be deeply mourned by family and friends. Her generous nature touched the lives of many. A visitation for friends will be held from 10:00-11:25 a.m. on Monday, March 25 at St. Luke Catholic Church, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. You may visit the website: where you may share a memory with the family or sign the guest book. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the at:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2013