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Mary Malzahn

February 6, 1921 — November 7, 2011

Mary Elizabeth Malzahn, 90, of Perry was the daughter of David and Lottie Cooper Corneil. She was born on February 6, 1921 in Nardin, Oklahoma and died Monday November 7, 2011 in Perry Memorial Hospital. She attended a oneroom school in Nardin but moved to Blackwell to complete high school, attended Oklahoma College for Women, and then Oklahoma AM. There she met her life mate, Ed Malzahn in a machining course that he was teaching. They wed May 22, 1943. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church and served as choir director for over 20 years. Her love of the Lord was most clearly declared in her music. She sang the truth, she knew it, and loved to share it. All knew where she stood on about any issue because she lived her faith and beliefs openly, a class act. She made a difference in all she touched. Animals of all sorts and sizes from a household pet Gambels quail, to llamas, to emu, to turkeys, to Bobwhite quail, to jungle fowl, to her MM Charolais were an important part of her life. The incubators in the garage never cooled. Mary Granny was a farm girl at heart that enjoyed fishing and gardening on a grand scale. Even when it became difficult for her to get around, she rode shotgun in a truck to feed her cattle every morning and worked as gate girl between pastures. Her voice was raised for many, many funerals in Perry and thus served as gate girl to heaven for many of her friends and others in the community. Mary is survived by her husband Ed three children, Don Malzahn and his wife Phyllis of Wichita, Kansas, Pam Sewell and her husband David of Perry, Oklahoma, and Leasa Malzahn of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. She has nine grandchildren Courtney Darrah and her husband Will of Wichita, Kansas, Sarah Malzahn of Englewood, Colorado, Perry Malzahn of Wichita, Kansas, Tiffany SewellHoward and her husband Dan of Edmond, Oklahoma, Jason Sewell of Perry, Cody Sewell and his wife April of Perry, Oklahoma, Zahn Wilkerson and his wife Kelly of Chandler, Arizona, Matthew Wilkerson of Tempe, Arizona and Whitney Wilkerson of Chandler, Arizona. She also has nine great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6:008:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011 in the Training Center at Charles Machine Works. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church. Rick Rhodes will officiate. Services are under the direction of BrownDugger Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Mary Malzahn Music Memorial in care of BrownDugger Funeral Home, 1010 N 7th Street, Perry, Oklahoma 73077. She was preceded in death by her parents one sister, Catherine and four brothers, Stanley, Ward, Eugene, and Marion. Online condolences may be sent to the family using the online guestbook at www.brownduggerfuneralhome.com.

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