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Mary Ellen "Mel" Burness

Mary Ellen "Mel" Burness, 74, of Lorain, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Wesleyan Village, Elyria, while under the care of Crossroads Hospice. She was born January 16, 1940 in Spencer, Massachusetts, and lived in Ohio for the past 60 years.

Mary worked at Murray Ridge from 1975 until retirement in 1992. She was a member of the Salvation Army in Elyria for over 60 years. She enjoyed cross stitching and traveling.

Mary is survived by her brothers, David of Milford, Massachusetts, Walter (Gloria) of Bartlett, Tennessee, and John "Jack" (Pat) Duesenberry, of Lorain; her sister, Ruth Frye of Elyria; 17 grand-nieces and nephews; and 14 great-grand nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her life-long friend, James "Jim" Blatchley of Newport Richey, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lloyd and Richard; and her parents, Walter and Olga (nee Tucker) Burness.

The family will receive friends for a memorial service on Monday, April 21, 2014, at 1 P.M., at the Salvation Army, 716 Broad Street, Elyria. Major Robert and Alice Sears will officiate. A private family burial will be held in Massachusetts at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, Elyria.

The Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, is handling the arrangements.

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