OBITUARY

Mary E Abernathy

December 12, 1917February 24, 2011

Mary (Sissy Hagedorn) Abernathy, 93, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2011, at Little Sisters of the Poor. She was born December 12, 1917, in Evansville, IN.

Sissy was a prize-winning quilter and a member of Raintree Quilter’s Guild. She was a member of D of I, and Legion of Mary, and a volunteer quilter at St. Theresa, St. John’s, and Little Sisters. She was a hairdresser, a gardener, a seamstress, and a dedicated volunteer. Sissy’s smile was contagious as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and an inspiration to all who met her.

Her family owned and operated Hagedorn’s Tavern, and she and her husband owned Abernathy’s Motors. Sissy also owned her own beauty shop for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Abernathy, in 1982; her parents, Henry and Catherine Hagedorn; sister, Dorothy Garnett; and brother, Bernie Hagedorn.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at the Little Sisters and VNA Hospice for their love and care.

Sissy is survived by daughters; Mary Jo (Bill) Huff, Connie (Jerry) Hulse; son, Don (Janie) Abernathy; grandchildren, Cathy (Kenny) Brown, Joe (Nikki) Huff, Melody (John) Hanna, Laura (Mark) Hawkins, Todd (Chanthan) Elbrink, Lee (Laura) Abernathy, Linda Abernathy; great-grandchildren, Kurt and Melanie Brown, Matthew, Michael and Eli Hanna, Liam and Cole Huff, Abby, Emily, and Tori Abernathy, Meagan, Conner, and Kate Hawkins, Mya, Tyler, and Bella Elbrink.

Mass will be 10:30 AM, Sunday, February 27, 2011, at Little Sisters of the Poor, 1236 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN. Friends may visit 2-8 PM, Saturday, at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, and 9-10 AM, Sunday at Little Sisters of the Poor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters, VNA Hospice, 610 E. Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47734, or the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.

Services

  • Mass Sunday, February 27, 2011
  • Visitation Saturday, February 26, 2011
  • Visitation Sunday, February 27, 2011
REMEMBERING

Mary E Abernathy

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rhonda riley

March 1, 2011

Bill and Mary Jo, Kathy, Joe and Melanie,
I am sorry to hear about your sweet sweet Mother/Grand Mother. I am also sorry to have missed you at the funeral. I pray that time and fellowship and especially the love of Jesus will heal your hearts and draw you close to one another. With much love and great respect for you all,
Rhonda (Winchester) Riley

Pam Stucke

February 28, 2011

Connie, Don & family,
Your Mom was a jewel! My Mom, Odelia Turk, thought the world of her. Sissy always had a positive attitude about life even when things were rough. I will always remember her as a champion quilter and sweet lady.

Pam Goergen Stucke

Rebecca (Meyers) Southard

February 28, 2011

Donnie & Janie & family,

Sorry to hear of your loss, you are in my thoughts & prayers. May peace be with you all.

February 28, 2011

Don and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. It is very difficult to lose a loved one if when you know they are in a better place. Always keep her in your memories and in your hearts. You are all in our throughts and prayers.
Alvin & Patti Gish

February 27, 2011

Hi Mrs. Brown. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. I'm sure she knew you as the sweet, little grandaughter and I'm sure you were proud to have her as your grandma. I have missed you in class. Love, Brock

February 27, 2011

Connie,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. I know you were so close to your mother, as I was to mine. Celebrate her life, don't mourn her passing. Sending a big hug from me in Texas.
Love, Nancy Clark

February 27, 2011

MARYJO, WE WERE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR MOTHER. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

I STILL WORK 5 HOURS A DAY AT HAGEDORNS-DROP BY AND SAY HI SOMETIME

JIM AND BARB MOSBY

February 27, 2011

DEAR MARY JO, SO SORRY ON YOUR LOSS. THOSE MOTHERS ARE SO WONDERFUL AND HARD TO GIVE UP.SHE WAS AN ANGEL. YOU ARE JUST LIKE HER ALWAYS DOING FOR SOMEONE WITH SUCH LOVE AND ZEST FOR LIFE. PLEASE KNOW WE CARE AND LOVE YOU. YOUR MATER DEI CLASSMATES THE LOEHR TWINS CAROLYN BROTHERS AND MARILYN MOSSBERGER GOD LOVES YOU.

Terri (Grisham) Singer

February 26, 2011

Connie and Don,

May the angels who greeted your mother comfort you.

Kent Buttrum

February 26, 2011

Some of my fondest memories of childhood are of going to Aunt Sissy's house for holidays, vacations, and special occasions. I have never felt so loved and accepted by anyone more than Aunt Sissy and the whole family. She was my second mom. Only distance gas kept me from being a larger part of her, and all of your lives. She will be missed...