Died: Tue., May 14, 2019


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Wed., May 22, 2019
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Wed., May 22, 2019
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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Mary E. Cornett White was born on February 21, 1929, in Hazard, Kentucky, daughter of Janie and Charlie Cornett.  She was the third of ten children.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill White; sons, Tony and John; her parents; sisters, Sue, Pearl, and Myrtle, and brothers, Willie B, Jack, Charles and Warren.
Mary  attended school at Town Mountain Elementary, (a one-room schoolhouse).  She later attended and graduated from Lincoln Ridge Institute, a historically renowned and prominent boarding school for African American children. She held several offices in the Lincoln Institute Alumni Association, which today raises money for the current school’s programs and scholarships.
At an early age, Mary accepted Christ and became a member of Town Mountain Baptist Church, where she later became an usher. After moving to Indianapolis, she became a member of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as a member of the   Mothers’ Board.  She loved the Christian Women’s Retreat and it was her joy to attend it yearly. 
Mary  joined Bill White in matrimony on October 17, 1949, in Hazard Kentucky.  They enjoyed 62 years of marriage before his death. Mary and Bill relocated to Indianapolis in 1968 and raised 6   children.
Mary  worked for Glass Container for 13 years until the  factory closed in 1983.  She also worked for the city during the same period. She was an educator for Indianapolis public schools for 26 years and retired in 1997.  She was active in the community, volunteering at the homeless mission, and also served as a Girl Scout Leader with her close friend, Zeta Olinger, and other community efforts.
She was known for her big heart and giving nature. Selfless,   and altruistic in nature, she loved her family, enjoyed traveling and  never met a stranger. She always had an encouraging word, good food, a few dollars and a listening ear for everyone.  Whatever anyone needed, all they had to do was ask.  She was a great cook and especially known for her homemade rolls.
Mary E. Cornett White departed this earthly life on May 14, 2019.
Mary  leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Lou Anne, Billie and Bali, and her son, Tim, who kept her happy and healthy when she could no longer do for herself.  She was loved and will be missed by many, especially her granddaughter, Shawna, and grandsons, Pat and Adrian; her sister, Anna, and brother, Joe; her great grandchildren, Cailin, Mykhail, DeAndre, Cassandra, Jasmine, Jada and Hunter; her sister, Pearl’s girls, Dalphine, Jeannie, Wendy and Hope; her sister, Myrtle’s daughter, Debbie; special friends,  Carol Smith, Geraldine Lambert, Jerlene Combs, Maureen Barnett, Viola Williams, the Thompsons, Bobbia Banton and Sister Cousin Vivian Barbour; special sister, Angela Eubanks, and special son and daughter, Greg Robinson and Betty Gayle Combs.

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J Guild
   Posted Tue May 21, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss, please accept my condolence I know that your loved one will be dearly missed. Our Lord Jesus Christ once said, ( John 11:25 ) " I'm the resurrection and the life, The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." With Sympathy,

Michelle Barnette & Maureen Barnette
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
I want to express my sympathy for the family. Mary was amazing & vibrant! She lit up a room when she came in. When my mom Maureen was living in Kentucky, Mary stepped in & helped me when I needed help. Mary & my mom gave me the most amazing memories when we went to the Bahamas on a group tour! So much fun. I loved her, my mom loved her like they were sisters. The relationship taught me what friends should act like. My mom & I offer you our prayers, light & love.

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