Vernon Center- On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Mary Ellen Clinch (Deal) went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was 99 years of age and lived at 3689 Route 26 in Vernon Center.
She was born on February 6, 1920 in Allens Hill, NY and was the daughter of the late Dr. John E. and Grace Deal. Mary attended Houghton College. On January 18, 1941 she married Kenneth J. Clinch Sr. and spent the rest of her life on a dairy farm.
Mary and Ken enjoyed visiting relatives on Sundays sometimes after church and sometimes right after chores where done in the morning. Later, they enjoyed taking bus trips with cousin Alice Gafner to various historic museums.
Mary and Ken were members of the Vernon Center United Methodist Church in which they were married. Abby Palmer gave her special support and The Colonial Park where she passed away also gave her help when her life started failing.
Mary is the last surviving child of Dr. John E. and Grace Deal. She is survived by daughter Grace M. Maxson (Clinch) and husband John of Olive Branch, Mississippi, son Kenneth J. Clinch Jr. (Jim) and wife Cynthia of Vernon Center, New York, son Nelson J. Clinch and wife Carolyn of Lebanon Pennsylvania, and son Paul E. Clinch of Oak Brook, Illinois. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren, including numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Clinch Sr.
There will be no calling hours per the family's request but family and friends are welcome to join us in celebrating her life at a memorial service which will be at Vernon Center United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Burial took place in Vernon Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers you may make donations to the Vernon Center United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to maleckifuneralhome.com.
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