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Mary Ellen Wurz

Obituary for Mary Ellen Wurz

June 15, 1930 - March 28, 2020
Greenwood, Indiana | Age 89


Mary Ellen Wurz (Totten)

A llifelong Greenwood resident, passed peacefully on Saturday, March 28th at the age of 89.

Mary Ellen was born June 15, 1930, to Donald and Leonoro Fern Totten (Ritchey) in Old Town Greenwood. She attended Greenwood Community schools earning state recognition for her talent with piano and French horn – a passion for music which she continued in serving as an accompanist for First Baptist Church for many years and later as a donor and regular attendee at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

She started her career at Public Service Indiana as a typist. Shortly after, friends introduced her to Clarence Richard (Dick) Wurz and they were wed in 1954. She devoted her time to the family they started in 1958.

Throughout her years, Mary Ellen was an active member of the Greenwood community. She made lifelong friendships through her commitment to various organizations including the Eastern Star, Psi Iota Xi, Greenwood Women's Club, Republican Women's Club, and The Red Hat Society.

She served as a Precinct Committeewoman supporting local Greenwood and statewide campaigns registering voters and even serving as a State Delegate and earning recognition as an Honorary Legislator. She worked for a period with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Mary Ellen will be remembered by her family and friends for her fondness for flowers – roses and lavender, as well as her kind spirit, loving nature and compassion.

Mary Ellen is survived by her daughter Kristin and Brian Jump of Noblesville, son Erich and Janice Wurz of Naperville, IL; grandchildren Meagan and Charles Hobbs, Adam and Kathryn Jump, Alexandra Wurz, and Lindsey Wurz.

She was preceded in death by husband Clarence Richard "Dick" Wurz and brother Donald Totten,Jr.

A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 31st, for immediate family with plans for a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in her honor to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

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