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Mary Ellen (Geryk) Painter
1924 - 2015

Mary Ellen (Geryk) Painter, 91, died Thursday, August 6, in Childress.

A graveside service was held on Monday in Roberts Cemetery at Troy, with grandsons, John Holman and F.A. Looney, officiating.

Mary was born Jan. 3, 1924, in Port Lavaca, to Frank Joe and Mary Vojufka Geryk, Jr. She married Willie L. Painter Feb. 14, 1942, in Bell County. She was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church of Childress, and the Eastern Star, serving as a past Worthy Matron. She was an avid reader.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Holman of Childress, and formerly of Iowa Park, and Patricia McCain of Missouri City; stepson, Lenard Eugene Painter of Dale; a brother, August Geryk of Kingsville; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie in 2002; a daughter Sharon in 1968; and six siblings.

The suggest memorials be made to Childress Elementary Library, Childress.

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