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Mary Jane Frisby

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BROWNSBURG - FRISBY, MARY JANE, 44, passed away Thursday, August 26, 2010.

Born in Louisville on April 14, 1966, her father's birthday to his great delight, she was the daughter of Geoffrey and Adele Vincent of Columbus, IN.

Mary Jane was a lively child, loved by all who knew her. She loved cats and horses. Her family's move to Columbus, IN, when she was 12 was eased by the promise of owning her own horse. She also enjoyed traveling around the United States and to her parents' native Britain. In the summer of 1983, she went on a field trip to Ethiopia with Earthwatch, helping two Brown University professors with their research on baboons.

She attended the former Southside Junior High School and Columbus East High School, graduating with honors in 1984. She attended Brown University for two years, but chose to come home to the Midwest to complete her bachelor's degree. She graduated from Indiana University summa cum laude and from Indiana University Law School, also summa cum laude in 2000. That same year, she joined the law firm of Barnes and Thornburg as an associate specializing in intellectual property.

She was made partner in 2007, but had left the firm to take up an offer from Cummins Inc. She was due to start work there August 30, 2010 and was extremely excited at the opportunity, particularly since it would involve international travel.

Mary Jane married David Frisby in 1988 and lived in downtown Indianapolis before moving to Brownsburg in 2005. They had two children, Sam Frisby and Cassandra (Casey) Frisby.

She is survived by her children; her parents; her sister, Wendy Stoll of Louisville; her nephew, Ben Stoll; her niece, Lucy Stoll; along with several relatives in England, Scotland, Canada and New Zealand.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Christopher Vincent.

A private service will be Thursday, September 2, 2010, followed by a graveside service Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Murphysboro, IL. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel.

You may visit where you may sign the guest book or share a story about Mary Jane.

You may also make a donation to the trust for the children of Mary Jane Vincent Frisby to The National Bank of Indianapolis, 107 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. All donations should be made payable to "Trust for the Children of Mary Jane Vincent Frisby."

Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 1, 2010
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