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Mae “Elizabeth” Denny

Mae “Elizabeth” Denny, age 90, of Morocco, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2023, in Brook, Indiana. She was born on Tuesday, August 30, 1932, to James Norman Hamilton and Cleo Thompson Hamilton in Sumrall, Mississippi.

Elizabeth was a member at the First Baptist Church of Mena where she was recognized as a prayer warrior, often leading her community in prayer and guiding them through faith. Her unwavering faith and trust in the Lord were examples to all. She loved to sing in the choir, attend Sunday School classes and play the harmonica for people.

A co-valedictorian of her high school class in 1950, Elizabeth showed early on her commitment to hard work and diligence and was also a member of the BETA Club. She worked for General Mills in the Quality Control Department for over 17 years in West Chicago, Illinois. Elizabeth was also an active member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She strongly believed in the importance of fellowship and community service.

She enjoyed listening to Gospel and Classical music. Her other hobbies included traveling and gardening, both of which she found spiritually enriching. Elizabeth was a staunch advocate of cancer research, having witnessed the devastating effects the disease can have on loved ones. Her life was a testament to the golden rule, treating others as she wished to be treated.

Elizabeth loved her two cats, Tebow and Tiger dearly. Her husband, the late Horace, was the love of her life, and their relationship was a source of great happiness for her. However, most important to Elizabeth was her relationship with the Lord and her family, whom she loved unconditionally. Her faith, wisdom, and loving spirit will be missed but never forgotten.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Horace Denny; three brothers, Charles Hamilton, Fredrick Hamilton, and Ray Hamilton; and one sister, Frances Jordon.

Elizabeth is survived by her son, Terrell Hebert of Germany; one daughter, Rebecca Gaylord of Morocco, Indiana; five grandchildren, Sarah Jacobsen, Jacob Lowery, Christopher Hebert, Jared Estes, and Jordon Estes; two great-grandchildren, Ava Jerman and Jackson Estes; her favorite niece, Gloria Hester; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Ron Tilley and Brother Jim Tennery officiating. Interment will follow the service at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2023, at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Bereavement Fund.

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