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Services set for Mary Elizabeth Ford' 78

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Mary Elizabeth Ford, 78, of Valparaiso passed away peacefully in her home the morning of Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.

Mary was born on Jan. 20, 1942, to Harvey and Amanda Sweeney in Elizabethtown, Ky. She attended school at Muhlenburg Central High School and worked as a production line worker for Federal Mogul. On July 16, 1960, she married Dempsey Ford. Mary and Dempsey lived in Valparaiso and raised their three children together.

Mary is survived by her sister, Joyce Irene (Bill) Madden; brothers, Donald Ray Sweeney, Kenneth Wayne Sweeney, and Tony Lynn Sweeney; and sister; Belinda Kaye (Stony) Hildabrand; daughter; Gloria Ann (David) Bateham; sons, Jason Lynn (Bella Alba) Ford and Shawn Cristopher (Melissa) Ford; granddaughters, Amy Rechelle (Pete) Fournier and Alaysha Nichole (Steven) Middagh; grandsons; Gabriel David Bateham and Jason Eric Taylor; granddaughters, Sophia Isabel Ford and Salina Abigail Ford; and youngest grandson, Jude Christopher Ford.

Mary was a member of Living Word Sanctuary and loved her church. Mary enjoyed shopping, her flowers, and her 2003 Ford Thunderbird.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Homes, 6941 Central Ave., Portage. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, immediately following visitation.

Burial will take place in the Heritage Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Living Word Sanctuary. Online condolences can be offered at


Posted 3/6/2020




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