|Birth: ||Aug. 13, 1938|
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 2010|
Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life and cherish the memories of Mary Ellen Ardrey of Slaton on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010. Services will be performed by Ray Perryman at First United Methodist Church in Slaton at 1 p.m. Graveside services will follow at Englewood Cemetery in Slaton. Services are under the direction on Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton. There will be a visitation tonight from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
After 72 life filled years, Mary Ellen passed away on November 21, 2010, at Lakeside Women's and Children's Hospital with her family at her side. Mary Ellen fell at home on Tuesday, November 16th, resulting in health issues too catastrophic for her to overcome.
Mary Ellen was born to Harold and Margarete Price on August 13, 1938 in Canadian, Texas. She was the second youngest of six children and was known throughout Canadian only as "Poka." She was a high school basketball star with a 'wicked' hook shot, even trying out for the Wayland Flying Queens, one of the few women's college basketball teams in the nation at the time. She barely missed making the team but went on to college at Texas Tech from her graduation in 1956 until she met the "Most beautiful man in the world" on a blind date in late 1958. After one date, she knew she would marry that man ~ and she did in the spring of 1959. On March 28th, 1959 she and Milt Ardrey married in her parent's home in Canadian with family and friends all around her. This was the beginning of what Mary Ellen's life was dedicated to: family.
Mary Ellen loved what being a new wife and mother brought to her life. She was active in all the civic organizations and clubs that Slaton had to offer, serving as President of most at some point. She was a master of food preservation and canning, having won over 300 Blue Ribbons during less than ten years of participation at the South Plains Fair competition. She could taste anything and go home and re-create the recipe, most often improving on the original. She was the most creative with crafts and sewing, making birthday, Christmas, and graduation gifts for family and friends for years. Those lucky enough to have received those gifts will cherish them forever because they were not made with fabric and thread; they were made with the love of her heart and the joy of giving to others. She often said that she was 'uncomfortable' receiving gifts but 'never felt better' than when giving them. She and Milt were avid hunters and fisherman in their younger years but as they got older, they began building their ran
ching empire that exists today, acquiring eight different ranch and farm properties located all over West Texas and central Colorado. He died in 2006, leaving a hole in her heart that would never be filled.
When her children became school age, she began her work career outside the home. She worked in all aspects of the cotton industry beginning with her husband at the Slaton Cotton Compress from 1975 until 1986, then for R & T Truck Lines from 1986 to 1987, finishing her career with Scheifer Trading Company from 1987 until her retirement in 2002. She was a book-keeper and general office manager and took pride in her work throughout the life of cotton: from cotton farming to the ginning/storage of cotton to the transport and selling to the mills that would spin the cotton into fabric. She even worked for a short time with her daughter after her retirement at Home Care Solutions in a clerical role.
But, as anyone who knew her can attest, her life really began when their grandchildren came along. She was a few days shy of 50 years old when the first "light of her life" was born. She was blessed with a total of nine beautiful babies to call her Nana, three from each of her own three children. She and Milt were a constant in the eyes of her grandkids and would spend every waking moment with them, if she wasn't 'grounded' from them for spoiling them too much.
She was ever-present at their basketball, baseball, and football games, travelled the state to see them show at the stock shows, and spend countless weekends teaching them how to fish, clean the fish, and then cook the fish; how to preserve food for the day you may not have any; and even how to make a tent and camp out under the stars in their own back yard. Even with her health issues in these last few years, nothing could stop her from being Nana. She would endure pain to go see Dillon play college football (she was so proud of his NCAA on his jersey); she would endure sleepless nights because AJ would want to "go home to Nana's" and spend the night; she would stay up and talk with Stetson and help plan his wedding and talk about the kids he someday will have. She would fly to Austin - and she hated flying - to see Claire and Colby play one soccer game; she would put up newspaper clippings on her refrigerator of Milton's football awards until you couldn't see the door. She would drive all night to see her newborn Hunter, even holding him so much as to give him a nasty red rash on his cheeks; and helping Tanner with his casting to be able to catch his 'big fish,' and sleep under the stars with a younger Ryan, no matter the temperature. She was devoted to her grandkids and they to her. A bond none will ever forget.
She is survived by her children and grandchildren: Lonnie, his three children Milton, Colby and Claire, all of Buda; Danny and his wife Tracy and their children, Hunter and Tanner of Elbert, Colorado; and Darla Adams and her husband Steve and their three children Stetson and his fiancÚ, Callie, and Austin Jack 'AJ', of Slaton and Dillon of Brownwood. She is also survived by a step-grandson, Ryan Ardrey, of Austin; brother, Larry "Potts" Price of Amarillo; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends she considered family. She is also survived by the kids that went to school with her children who called her 'Mom' and the kids who went to school with her grandkids who called her 'Nana.'
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers, Bill, Phillip "Bucky", and Harold "Buttons" Price; and a sister, Ramona Spencer.
Pallbearers will be Stetson Adams, Dillon Adams, Brian Patterson, Gary Anthony, Mike Gaskins, Chad Strickland, Jerome Schwertner, and John Craig Davidson.
Donations can be made to Lubbock Children's Home 4404 Idalou Road Lubbock, TX 79403 or Slaton Meals on Wheels 230 West Lynn St. Slaton, TX 79364, American State Bank Nursing Scholarship Fund @Trust Dept, P O Box 1401, Lubbock, TX 79408-1401.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Milt Ardrey (1933 - 2006)
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Nov 23, 2010
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