Mary Ellen Linehan

July 29, 1936June 26, 2018
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Mary Ellen Linehan (Anderson), 81, was born on July 29, 1936 in Lamar, Missouri. She went to be with the Lord on June 26th, 2018 in Melbourne, Florida. Mary worked for Relm Communications for over 22 years before retiring. She was the matriarch of our close family, and spent the rest of her days taking care of us. She was everything to everyone. She was full of life and could light up a room with her beautiful smile. She was a sports fan and a huge fan of Dale JR. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Norvel & Eleanor Anderson. She is survived by her 5 amazing sisters; Norva Anderson of Titusville, FL, Karen Anderson of Palm Bay, FL, Linda Ophoff of Tulsa, OK, Becky Sims of Rockledge, FL and Sara Sakowski of Melbourne, FL. She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Hester & Cathy Batcher of Melbourne, FL and her sons, Rick Payne of Fayetteville, AR & Larry Payne of Springdale AR. She is survived by 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. All of which adored her. She is also survived by her loyal companion and furry friend, Champagne. Services will be held at American Burial & Cremation at 1200 South US1 in Rockledge, Florida on July 6th, 2018. Between 12-2pm will be visitation followed by the service at 2pm. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 7th starting at noon at 500 Croton Rd in Melbourne, FL.


  • Norva Anderson, Sister
  • Karen Anderson, Sister
  • Linda Ophoff, Sister
  • Becky Sims, Sister
  • Sara Sakowski, Sister
  • Sherry Hester, Daughter
  • Cathy Batcher, Daughter
  • Rick Payne, Son
  • Larry Payne, Son
  • She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren

    And her loyal companion and furry friend, Champagne.


  • Visitation Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 7, 2018

Mary Ellen Linehan

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Audrey Taylor

July 1, 2018

Ms. Mary was a very special friend to me. When I first started in my business and on occasion, I would see her in the crowd and after talking for a few minutes, she would always make me smile too! Her smile was always so welcoming, as were her words of wisdom. She could always make a not so good day better for me! She was beautiful inside & out & will always be loved and remembered.

Nancy Mizell

July 1, 2018

I never had a sister my youngest brother was 10 years older than me so we were all never close Mary was the closest thing to a sister I've ever had and will ever have and I will miss her every day more and more she was a fun-loving beautiful person

Sara Sakowski

June 29, 2018

My sister Mary was the oldest of six girls born to my parents. Being the youngest & losing my parents in my early forties it was great to have her around to be there for me. Mary was always ready for a sister's lunch, trip or day of shopping. We loved her stories of adventure as a young woman in the 50's. Mary was a caring sister to our 75 year old sister Karen who is developmentally delayed. Mary took her out for a movie & or lunch on a regular basis with the help of her daughters. She was loved and I will miss her smile!