Mary Ellen Bever

January 7, 1938March 4, 2018

Mary Ellen Bever, 80, of the Orange community, died Sunday, March 4, 2018 surrounded by her children at Flat Rock River Lodge in Rushville where she had resided for a short time.

Mary Ellen was born in Fayette County, January 7, 1938 to Kenneth and Hallie Cooper Hauger. She graduated from Fairview High School with the Class of 1956 and on June 3, 1956 she was married in Glenwood to William E. Bever who died July 27, 2009. Together they farmed in Orange Township and enjoyed raising their family. Mary Ellen was the best cook ever and could cook anything. She was a 4-H leader for many years and loved tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. She had also been employed at Pioneer Seed in Rushville and had worked in the cafeteria at Orange Elementary School. She was a member of the Glenwood Church of Christ. Mary Ellen was a very caring person that was always concerned about others first,

Mary Ellen is survived by her children and their spouses: Brenda K. Dillon and Tim, Beverly K. Sterling and Paul, Brad K. Bever and Tracie; a daughter-in-law: Melinda Bever, all of the Connersville area; eleven grandchildren and their spouses: Billie Jo Kester and Rick, Misha Porter and her boyfriend, Jared Finegan, Cara Griffey and Michael, Dustin Dillon and his fiancé, Ashley Davis, Sara Koekenberg and Dusty, Matt Sterling and Ashley, Brianne Hoeing, Jacob Bever and Kori, Hannah Bever and her fiancé, Scott Brock, Haylee French and Matthew, Hollie Bever; her great-grandchildren: Brennan and Rylie Joy, Emma, Noah and Lilah Griffey: Hallie, Luke and Harper Hoeing; Alivia, Braylon and Ainsley Porter; Hunter Dillon, Mason Sterling, Monroe Koekenberg, Barrett Bever, Stella and Ava Kester, Addison Davis; a great-great granddaughter: Paisley Joy; two siblings and their spouses: Kenneth Hauger, Jr. and Edna of Glenwood, Peggy Morgan and Kenny of Connersville; her sisters-in-law: Velma Hauger of Ohio, Joanne Hauger of Rushville, Helen Smith and her husband, Witt of Mooresville, Clara Ann Vance of Glenwood; several nieces and nephews.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 53 years, her son: Brian K. Bever, who died June 11, 2000; her great-granddaughter: Claire Ellen Griffey; her brothers: Robert, Donald and James Hauger; her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Clifford and Stella Bever.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, with ministers David Bonne and Don Heller officiating. Interment will follow in Orange Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday where memorial contributions may be made to Indiana University Alzheimer Research, 635 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis 46204, For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to



  • Visitation Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 9, 2018


  • Interment

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Gelenda Slone

March 8, 2018

Peggy, I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister. You know we will be keeping you all in prayer. Love to you all

Sherry Gray

March 7, 2018

In my early years Mary Ellen was truly a "2nd mom". I was at her house as much as mine (which was right across the road). She and my mom were buddies and did everything from canning together and dressing chickens. When we moved away, we only saw the Beavers now and then, and it was a great loss. But I'm so glad they were in our circle and we were in theirs. Mary Ellen loved her farm and her family well. She will be missed, but I'm so glad she isn't suffering any longer. Rest in Peace Mary Ellen, Sherry Gray

Kelly Smith

March 7, 2018

Mary Ellen was my 4-H leader throughout my 10 years, wonderful soul that was hard working and loved her family. Mary Ellen could always be found in the kitchen or gardening doing what she loved. I can remember working in tobacco and she would be out there with us, wonderful memories. My heart felt thoughts go out to your family.

Donna Coyle Feeback

March 7, 2018

MaryEllen was one of the sweetest ladies I ever met. We had such fun working at the school! My condolences to her entire family

Kathy Smith Holbert

March 7, 2018

Peggy , I was saddened to hear of Mary Ellen's passing. I know you loved her so very much. May she rest in peace. Love you Peggy. My thoughts and prayers.