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Mary Ann Whitten

December 23, 1956January 28, 2021
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Mary Ann Whitten

64, of Indianapolis, passed away on January 28, 2021. Mary loved spending time with her family and enjoyed camping with her grandson, Braylon. She was very involved in her church (St. Jude) and loved teaching classes within the church. Mary worked for the State of Indiana Environmental Management.

Mary is survived by her loving husband; Phillip Whitten, daughter; Amy (Rodney) Whitten, grandson; Braylon, mother; Alice Springman, brothers; Chuck (Mary) Springman and Mike (Rita) Springman as well as nephew; Charlie Springman and niece; Gina (Nick) Sanchez.

She was preceded in death by her father; Chuck Springman.

Visitation will be held at Little and Sons Beech Grove Chapel on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, from 4:00pm-8:00pm. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 10:00am at St. Jude Catholic Church in Indianapolis.

www.littleandsonsbeechgrove.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

  • Catholic Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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Mary Zink Newcomb

February 5, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, especially at such a young age! We went to St. Jude grade school together. She was Mary Ann and I was Mary Lynn. I remember sitting by her in class or in mass, playing w her on the playground, and going to sleeping parties at her house. She was always smiling and giggling and so sweet. I bet she's up there giggling w everyone in heaven now. XO

Matt Rielly

February 3, 2021

My fondest memory of Mary Ann is from our last big family reunion before grandma died, at Aunt Alice’s house. She sat with me on the stairs to the basement and talked my ear off about so many different things. I remember her as happy and always laughing. She will be missed.

julie vanaman

February 3, 2021

So sorry to hear of the loss of Mary. I worked with her at IDEM, for many years before retiring a few years ago. Would see her everyday and enjoyed talking with her about our grand sons we both had and what we were looking forward to when we both final retired as well of our love of family and church and many different things. She always had a smile and could cheer up anyone who was having a not so good day the minute she saw them. Was a wanderful ray of daily sunshine and love for everyone around her. My life was very blessed to have known her so blessed by her friendship.

Pam Bender

February 3, 2021

Mary and I were best friends for over 40 years. During most of that time we had lunch together every day at work. Those lunches and walks forged a strong bond that got us through decades of great times, bad times and everything in between. She was my go-to, the 1st person I thought of when I wanted to talk about anything. She never judged me. At some point she stopped being a good friend, she became family, the sister that blessed my life and who I will forever miss.

Barry Sneed

February 2, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mary at IDEM for several years. She was always very upbeat, smiling and willing to do whatever it took to get the job done. She was so kind and considerate to everyone and served with so much joy.

Mary loved her family so much. Sometimes she shared stories with us of your times together when we had birthday parties and get-togethers at work. She always had photos on her desk of special memories with the family. She absolutely loved being a grandma too! She was very proud of each one of you.

There has been an empty place at IDEM, that no one would be able to fill, since she retired. I was saddened to hear of her illness but so impressed (but not surprised) how she faced it with great faith, joy and determination. She will always be fondly remembered and missed.

My family and I are praying for Phil, Amy, Braylon and the rest of your family during this difficult time. God belss you and comfort you. Psalm 23

Chuck Springman

February 2, 2021

I was very lucky to have my sister Mary in my life. She was a true kind soul and lived the enduring values of faith, family, and friendship. She was always there to help in the difficult times and to celebrate the many good times. We were blessed to be part of her family and for all the time we were able to spend together. We will miss her greatly. A final toast to her OPA!
Rest In Peace

Mark Amick

February 1, 2021

Mary, I will dearly miss the joy and laughter your brought to every work day. We had some great adventures and so many laughs. From visiting prison print shops to too many state fair and Earth Day booths to count, you always helped me find the bright side and get the job done. I will never forget that smirk you had when you wanted me to know just how crazy you thought we “artsy” people were or that time you told me what outfit to wear that just “happened” to match what the state prison movers were wearing. The numerous and often harrowing stories of Phil’s weekend home repairs (the garage roof story still makes me laugh) and all the pride you had when talking about Amy and Brayden were hallmarks of your love for them. You were always protecting me, watching over me, and making my life better. Thank you for being my friend.

Mary Springman

February 1, 2021

My sister in law Mary Ann was the best. We did so much together. We got together every Sunday at my house to swim. We went to Florida every year, and we went to carb day we took care of our husbands. It was so much fun.
We went to the 500 race together. The most I will remember about Mary Ann is she went ti the Rick Springfield concert at the state fair ground with me. She and I also did Denver bible study at St. Jude for 4 years. I will miss my sister in law, she will always be in my heart.
Rest in peace sis Love Mary Springman your sister in law.

Karla Frownfelter

February 1, 2021

I remember my first interview with IDEM in 2012 and Mary was talking to Janet (Newland) about getting a babysitter for Braylon, I don't remember my interview, but I remember that! Once I got the job at IDEM I enjoyed hearing Mary share stories about Braylon and her family: going to Southeastway Park and riding their bikes, going to Braylon's games, Phil taking Braylon to his Cub Scout meetings, camping, trips to Florida, Mary's first job with Stokely, her trips to Brookville to visit family and enjoy a hog roast, swimming in her brother's indoor pool. Mary had a blessed life! I have missed her since she retired. We would walk and figure out the department birthday celebration food situation. She is and will be missed!

Amber Kent

February 1, 2021

Mary was always such a vibrant, happy person, and I greatly enjoyed working with her during my time at IDEM. Even though we didn't work together for very long, she was always so friendly when I would run into her in the government center hallways, and I always enjoyed catching up.

Her joy with be sorely missed.

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