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On Wednesday, July 21st 2021, Mary Hoover, loving Mother, Grandmother (also known as Grammy), sister, and friend passed away at the age of 73.

Mary was born October 23, 1947 in Rensselaer, Indiana to Harold and Lucile (Biggs) Rusk. She attended Business College after graduating from Rensselaer High School and retired from the Pulaski County Assessor’s office.

Mary did not know a stranger and enjoyed caring for others. Family was very important to her,  she didn’t miss a family event or a Grandchild’s school function. She also loved crocheting , thrift shopping, and spending time with her friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Lucile  Rusk, brothers Garold and David Rusk, sister Sharon Kennedy, and her husband Ralph. She

Is survived by her daughter Heather Payne, son in law Rick Payne, grandchildren Sydney and Jake Smidler, Kane Crownover and Sydnie Millichamp, Jacob Payne, Kayleigh Payne, great-granddaughters Koralen and Addalen Crownover, sisters Jade (Gil) Smith, Joan (Mack) Wireman, Anita (Brian) McMillan,and Rhonda Milner, sister-in-law Linda Rusk, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 24th, 2pm eastern time at The First Christian Church in Francesville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Francesville First Christian Church.

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