Mary Frances Petry, 87, of Highland died on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 at home, surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 14 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. A funeral Mass will immediately follow the visitation on Monday at the church, with Father David Peters, retired pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.
She was born on Nov. 25, 1927 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland to Hugo and Norma (Zimmerman) Grimmer. On July 31, 1948, she married Burnell Petry at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.
Mrs. Petry loved to sew “back in the day.” She would sew clothing for herself and her daughter. Later, her love of sewing evolved into quilting, and she made quilts for her granddaughters.
She loved to dance, play bingo, and shoot a three-position target rifle. She had a collection of African violets and wine glasses. When her sons were in Cub Scouts, she was a den mother for Pack 40.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. She was a former member of St. Ann’s Altar Society and Daughters of Isabella. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 5694 and the Ladies Auxiliary to American Legion Post 439, both in Highland.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Burnell Petry, a.k.a., the Sugar Creek Wanderer, of Highland; children, Thomas Leo Petry of Vandalia, Donald John Petry of Beckemeyer, Mark Alan Petry of Highland and Susan (Tom) Miller of Fountaintown, Ind.; grandchildren, Jeffrey Miller, Alecia (Tevis) Hughes, Amy Lynn (Billy) Thorpe and Chrissy Lea (Pat) Henning; great-grandchildren, Timber Steven Thorpe, Austin William Henning, Sierra Rose Henning; a sister, Patricia Potthast of California; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Angela Campbell.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Educational Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.