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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • MaryEllen Severance

  • MaryEllen Severance, 78, of Biggs, went home to heaven on May 4, 2013. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family and Jesus.
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  • MaryEllen Severance, 78, of Biggs, went home to heaven on May 4, 2013. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family and Jesus. She was born in Bangor, Maine on January 17, 1935 to George and Mabel Sheehan. She married Durward “Dan” Severance on November 8, 1952 and they made their home in East Millinocket, Maine. MaryEllen was a member of The Daughters of Isabella, she was a leader for the Girl Scouts and was a “den mother” with the Boys Scouts for many years. After moving to Biggs in early 1996, MaryEllen quickly grew in her Christian faith while attending Calvary Chapel of Gridley and became a teacher and mentor to young girls in the after-school program. She taught them how to sew, quilt and craft. She was always an avid reader and loved reading her Bible and enjoyed her Wednesday morning Bible study group. MaryEllen is survived by her husband Dan of 60 years and six children: Patricia (William) Hoerner, Charles Severance, Craig (Marie) Severance, BethEllen (Donald) Elbert, Martha Rickaby and Monica (Phil) Sloan. She has 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three siblings: Charles (Mary) Sheehan, George “Flicka” (Dianne) Sheehan, and Janice (Gordon) Parker. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Mabel Sheehan, a daughter Nadia Jean Severance, and a grandson William Patrick Hoerner. Two of her favorite Bible verses were; “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” Ps 199:105. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Prov 3:5-6 At MaryEllen’s request no services will be held.

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