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Mary Elizabeth Channon

Jesus took Mary Elizabeth’s hand on March 16, 2019. She was 80 years old.

Born on October 27, 1938 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Mary Elizabeth Channon was the first born daughter of Ethel and Chester Channon. The family moved to Commerce after the end of World War II in 1945. She graduated from the Commerce Public School system in 1956. Ms. Channon graduated from East Texas State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Later she completed courses to earn both a Master degree in Library Science as well as a Master degree in Audio Visual.

Mary Elizabeth worked as a Government School Librarian in the Texas school systems. She wrote and published two books on the subject of the Pre-Civil War and the Civil War. She loved to spend her time on her research work at the public library and at McKay’s Country Kitchen. She was a strong Christian woman whom attended regularly at the Epiphany Episcopal Church then later at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

"Ibby", as she introduced herself to most, will be remembered by her friends for her spunky spirit, kind soul, and incredibly tough, independent personality. She was a one of a kind blessing.

Mary Elizabeth is survived by her sister, Sarah Tucker of Alabama, cousin, Sally McFarland and her beloved friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Her funeral service will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church at 1502 Monroe Street, Commerce, Texas 75428.

Mary Elizabeth will be buried at Rosemound Cemetery beside her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Commerce Public Library 1210 Park St, Commerce, Texas 75428 (903) 886-6858.

Funeral Service

Thursday, March 21, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Trinity Lutheran Church
1502 Monroe St
Commerce, TX 75428

Interment Service

Thursday, March 21, 2019
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Rosemound Cemetery
501 Pritchard Road
Commerce, Texas 75428

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I'm sad to learn the news of Elizabeth's passing and I am thankful to have known her. I remember her working on her books and meeting in the library with Dr. Jim Conrad as members of the Native American Association. We had fun adventures and she was such a joy full of spunk, intelligence and humor. WE had good times laughing anywhere we went and appreciated the Lord's Hand guiding our lives. She was an excellent example of a Daughter of God. God Bless!

Nancy Martin Oct 6 2019 12:00 AM

I first met Ibby as a freshman at ETSU in 1957. Our parents were close friends as my father was the priest at Epiphany Episcopal church in Commerce. Ibby was a delightful individual and I enjoyed her company very much. I would like to be in contact with her sister Sarah if at all possible. dean.maurer@sbcglobal.net

Dean Maurer May 12 2019 12:00 AM

She is missed.

Sara Yates Mar 20 2019 12:00 AM

It was a pleasure knowing Ms. Elizabeth and listening to her wonderful stories. You will be missed.

Mark & Dana Kruger Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM

You will be fondly remembered.

Shelly Lynn Gerard Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM