The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 29, 2014

Mary Ellen Garris

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Mary Ellen Garris, age 72, of Carl Junction, Mo., formerly of Pierce City, Mo., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary was born on Feb. 9, 1941, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to John and Doris Schaney Burke.

Mary worked at Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, Mo., for 15 years as an RNA, CNA and a CMT. Mary loved taking care of people.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Paul Schaney.

She is survived by one brother, Jackie Schaney and wife, Jeanie, of Carthage, Mo.; one sister, Sylvia McGoffin, of California; and four children, Mark Garris, and wife, Lorraine, of Granby, Mo., David Garris and wife, Rose, of Pinellas Park, Fla., Rhonda Carnagey and husband, Doc, of Carl Junction, and Debbi Willoughby and husband, Chris, of Monett. Mary is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Garris will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Buchanan Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Monett. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening at Buchanan Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences can be left at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, Mo.

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