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MARY ELIZABETH VOORS, 98, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Parkview Hospital Hospice, Fort Wayne. Mary was born on May 3, 1923 in Fort Wayne. Mary loved her family, her Catholic faith, and anything sweet to eat; she was always willing to share a smile and conversation with anyone. Born the same year in which the U.S. Attorney General gave women of America the legal green light to wear slacks anywhere they wished - even in public - Mary saw many changes in her lifetime. She also claimed to be the reason chipmunks are prevalent in Indiana, having brought one back to Fort Wayne in her purse while on a train trip from Wisconsin. She was an active participant in church life and participated in many volunteer activities including the USO during World War II, the charismatic movement, and the Pro-Life movement. After the death of her husband, Charley, Mary joined the Widows of Prayer, a religious apostolate of the Catholic Church, meeting, praying and working together for mutual support and common prayer for the Catholic Church and its leaders. She was awarded the Citizen of Two Worlds honor at a Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony in 2016, which recognized her unselfish service to the community and to the church. Mary is survived by her children, Chuck (Pam), Bob (Pat), Father Dave, Mary R. (Laura Coon), Suzie (Bob) Jesse, and Jerry (Carin); daughter-in-law, Deb; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L; father, Walter Metker; mother, Elizabeth (Masbaum) Metker; and her son, Bill. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 10700 Aboite Center Road, with calling one hour prior. Visitation also from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2021, at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, with a Rosary at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery. " Masks are highly recommended. For guest who are fully vaccinated, masks are not required. A special thanks to St. Anne's Retirement Home and Parkview Hospice for all their love and care." Memorial contributions may be made to Women's Care Center of Fort Wayne at, or Widows of Prayer at

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jun. 9, 2021.
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June 16, 2021
Mary was a wonderful, warm woman, and a great good friend to my mother Dorothy Ward. My condolences to her family and friends. I am going to try to attach a photo.
Michael Ward
June 15, 2021
My Godmother Shirley Bowersox was a close friend of Mary's. She would come and give her communion and pray with her, prayers for grace and healing go out to all her family.
Kurt Schryver
June 13, 2021
Mary served with my Mom Dorothy Ward in Widows of Prayer. When it came time for my Mom to Iive in assisted living her desire was to be at St Anne's nursing home where she could live out her days going to mass and be with her friend Mary Voors. In speaking to her son Jerry at the visitation we both teared up speaking about both of our mothers kind hearts and love for God and people. We talked about how our mothers' example of love and kindness would come to mind at times in situations showing how to do better. They were the best of their generation.

Mary Spevak
June 13, 2021
a dear friend of my mother, Dorothy. Her light shone bright whenever I saw her. Enjoyed many meals with her and mom at St. Annes. She made this world a brighter place.
Tim Ward
June 12, 2021
Mary was my mom’s best friend and spiritual buddy for decades. She was always so positive, kind and upbeat. Mom’s last 3 months were so enriched when she went to St Anne’s, rearranging seating at meals to be together, and where Mary arranged a visit and last rites from Father Dave during Mom’s last few hours. She was a great woman and a strong example of the best in human nature!
Kathleen (Ward) Dindoff
June 11, 2021
Fr. Dave and family:
I am sorry to hear about Mary's passing. She was a lovely person to get to know. I still recall all those times I would see her and Charley walking together in the early evening at the Centlivre complex as well as get-togethers at the Cathedral and at St. Jude. May she Rest In Peace.
Jeanne Kachuk Hall
June 11, 2021
Dear Carin, Jerry, Dan, Theresa, Nick, Sarah & all of your families,
We are so sorry for the loss of this bright shining, guiding light in your lives. Mary was one of the sweetest people I know. She lived her life for God, quietly serving those around her. Look to the heavens for a bright shining star (especially when at Lakehouse where the stars are so much brighter!!) & that's where Mary will be.

Love you all so much,
Colleen & family
Colleen Raupp
June 11, 2021
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Colleen, Cay, Christa, Cecelia
June 10, 2021
Mary was such a wonderful, sweet woman and has such a beautiful family. She lived and loved well! Our deepest sympathies go out to all who loved her. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and may she and all the faithfully departed, Rest In Peace.
Paul and Jackie Oberhausen
Jackie and Paul Oberhausen
June 9, 2021
Dear Fr. David and all the Voors family, My sincere sympathy to you on your loss. Mary had a wonderfully long life and so much to be proud of with all of you, her loving family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.
Fr. John H. Delaney
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