Mary K. Roark

March 31, 1940June 15, 2021

Mary Katherine Roark (Kokomo), 81, two stepped her way to the big mansion in the sky on June 15, 2021 at 8:55 am at her home surrounded by family. She was born to Orville O. and Lida J. (Clark) Helsley on March 31, 1940 in Kokomo.

Mary wed Thomas E. Roark on Dec. 15, 1956. They spent their first 25 married years living in Baltimore, Maryland before moving their family back to Kokomo.

Affectionately known to (literally) everyone as “Memaw”, Mary’s light shone bright as she embodied the values of family, understanding, and compassion. Fiery, stubborn, hilarious, and often inappropriate, her legacy will live on in a tight-knit family of caring and loving people who will pass on the lessons she taught all of us about what’s important and how to be good people.

Surviving are daughters Tamre Morgan, Kellie (Robb) Ooley, and Diana (Todd) Hendricks; grandchildren Kristin (Aaron) McHugh, Josh Morgan, Jessica (Jeff) Waegelin, Katherine Nearhouse; great-grandchildren Ariana (Robb), Tommi, Aidan, Damian, Zoey, Emilia, Liam, Josie, Tommy, Aubrie and Winter, and great-great-grandson Niko.

A family that feels immensely grateful to have had Memaw as our mom and grandma and as a guiding light for our family.

Preceding her in death were her husband Thomas E. Roark, son Thomas O. Roark, son-in-law Joseph Morgan, grandchildren Kyle and Michael Morgan, her brother Steve and his wife Diana Helsley, and her sister Judy and her husband Jay Thurston.

Visitation will be held at Ellers Mortuary Friday June 18th from 11-1, with memorial service starting at 1:00pm.


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Theresa Naimaster

June 17, 2021

I will never forget this wonderful women she was like a second mom to me in baltimore. She was a very happy person she loved her children and my family and hers we did a lot of things together and I will never forget them or her you will always be in my heart love you

Cathy Wilburn

June 16, 2021

When I was at the hospital with her Saturday she called me a lovely girl. That was the last thing she said to me other when I left, I gave her a hug and kiss and she said love you. That is a very common thing in our family. But the calling me a lovely girl wasn't my Aunt Kay. She called me Cat and chatty Cathy a lot. So to me those are special words I'll always hold dear to my heart ❤. My heart is hurting for all of you she left behind, Hugs and prayers to all.