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a. Note:   Mary Helen Field was an artist. She attended art school in Indianapolis during World War II (John Herron Art Institute, which later became affiliated with Indiana University.) She was widowed when her children were very young and subsequently lived with her parents in Deputy, Indiana. She lived there the rest of her life. She became a member of the advertising staff of the Madison Courier newspaper in her fifties, and worked there until retirement. She was well known in Madison and surrounding towns for her pen and ink artwork. She contributed artwork often to the Deputy Alumni Assn., and she loved to draw for her grandchildren. Shortly after her 80th birthday, Mary Helen suffered a broken hip at a fall in her home. She then had a serious stroke at the hospital almost immediately after, which caused her to have debilitating physical problems. She was confined to a nursing home for the remainder of her life. Fortunately she never lost the use of her remarkable mind. She remained alert, witty and acerbic. Her memory was great, and she even was able to do some simple drawing for quite some time. She always remembered birthdays and sent cards to her children and grandchildren. After Mary Helen's death, her wish was to be cremated and to have a very simple graveside ceremony. The family gathered at her grave for a memorial. Cathy Field read one of her favorite poems with help from Marshal. The poem was the Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll. Teresa Prather played music on her recorder that Mary Helen especially liked, and many family members spoke of her with love and humor. Wendal Field remarked how much encouragement he recieved from his mother in his art career. Ruth Wyne Smith reminded everyone how much Mary Helen loved nature, and Marguerite Wyne Walp closed the service with prayer. The family then gathered at Ruth Smith's home in Deputy for lunch and remembrances. All of Mary Helen's children, grandchildren,and great-granchildren were there--along with many cousins and her two living sisters.


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