Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home

602 East Washington Street, Greencastle, IN


Mary Frances New

February 24, 1925May 15, 2020

Mary Francis (Hammond) New is truly home. Mary passed away Friday, the 15th of May at Mill Pond Health Campus in Greencastle IN.

She was well cared for during the 5 months she stayed there; and for that her family is truly grateful. However it was just a temporary

stop before she joined her loved ones waiting for her in her heavenly home. Mary was married to Woodson New, the love of her life, in 1944. They shared 63 years of marriage. Both would rather be on a tractor then anywhere else. At one point they farmed 2300 acres in Clinton Township. Mary was a member of the Clinton Township Homemakers Club and enjoyed being with the women she shared time with in this long lived Club. The Putnam County 4H Clubs were a big part of their raising 6 children who were always encouraged to get involved and be active. Mary was also an Election Judge for many years. Once Mary's children were grown she decided she needed a new challenge and got her LPN license. She worked as a nurse for many years at the Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle working in the Maternity Ward helping deliver and care for new born babies and their mothers. Mary also served as a Deaconess for her church, The First Baptist Church of Greencastle and also found time to help with her 17 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and she lived to know and love her 2 great-great grandchildren. Five generations of family all cherished and loved unconditionally!

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Woody New, her father, John Raymond Hammond, her mother Ruth B. (Blue) Hammond,

a son, James Harvey New, a grandson Mathew New and a granddaughter Brandi Callahan, sisters Alpha Mae Boatright, Mildred Curtis,

Marilyn Coleman, Helen Overton, Virginia Willsey, Patricia Cox, Nancy Fogle and brothers, Rex Hammond, Joesph Hammond, John R.

Hammond II, and Samual David Hammond.

Mary is survived by her children: Noble Woodson (Rhodonna) New of Carbon IN, James Harvey New's wife Carolyn of Midland FL,

Ruth Mary New Hamilton (Billy) of West End NC, Robert Charles (Beverly) New of Greencastle IN, John Franklin (Jody) New of

Hutchinson KS and Linda Jean New Williams (Joe) of Coatsville IN. Sisters Betty Warfield Neil of Berlin MD, Peggy Girton (Bob) of

Terre Haute IN, Edith Catherine Cawley (Galen) of Coloma MI and brothers William C. Hammond (Joan) of Winter Heaven FL and Edward Nathaniel (Cheryl) Hammond of Danville IN.

Arrangements for Mary's cremation and internment will be provided by Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home in Greencastle IN. Those wishing sign Mary's memory book may do so at dignitymemorial.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory may be sent to The First Baptist Church, 404 Judson Drive, Greencastle IN 46135

Funds to be used for youth programs.

Well done, good and faithful servant!


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Mary Frances New

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Stephen Bonney

May 25, 2020

I always admired your mother for both her hard work and pleasant smile. I still remember the day she cared for me after I had stepped on a bumblebee nest in an old barn while I was helping put up hay.

Cathy Cawley

May 22, 2020

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May 22, 2020

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May 22, 2020

Cathy Cawley

May 22, 2020

Carey New

May 21, 2020

Grandma Mary was my favorite person. My most favorite memories of my childhood were with her over the summers we spent together. My only wish was that we could have gotten more time together. Love you Grandma. Kiss Grandpa for me.

Bob Brown

May 21, 2020

She was an amazing friend and awesome person we had a great time working together

Amy Hammond

May 21, 2020

Just being a Hammond is an honor. But to know and be loved by Aunt Mary and Uncle Woody is a blessing beyond words. My cousins and I loved going to the "farm" on the weekends. For those of you not to be "related" to a Hammond its really hard for me to explain the close nit family we are and always will be. Aunt Mary is truly one of the all time best ladies in my life hands down. I love you and our whole family! You will be missed!
Amy Lynn

Maxwell New

May 21, 2020

My favorite thing to do was take grandma on lunch dates and dinner dates before she got the point she were getting too tired. Her favorite was a loaded spud from Jackson’s Double Decker. Or a chicken salad croissant with a cherry coke from Dairy Castle. Thank you for being my beautiful dinner date for all those years. <3

Jennifer Lobban

May 21, 2020

Mary was a wonderful woman and our children were blessed to be her great grandchildren! They will always cherish trips to visit her in Indiana and the fun memories on the farm. We loved it when Mary came here to Kansas too and all the love and laughter she shared. Her endless patience and limitless love for her family were felt in every hug. Although we mourn her passing here on earth we know that Heaven has their hands full now! Rest in peace Grandma you are here in our hearts!


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