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November 11, 2013

Mary Deloris Coulter Abell

Feb. 11, 1931 — Nov. 9, 2013

DUNCAN — Funeral services for Mary Deloris Coulter Abell will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Immanuel Baptist Church officiated by Randy Southerland. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Duncan under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday.  

Mary Deloris Coulter Abell was born on Feb. 11, 1931, in Santa Fe to Carl Franklin and Ruby Mae Sherman. She defeated a battle with cancer when she went to be with her Heavenly Father on Nov. 9, 2013, at the age of 82. Mary went to school in Rock Creek and Santa Fe through the eighth grade and then moved to Duncan.

Mary attended Duncan Middle School and Duncan High School. Mary married Samuel Elden Coulter in 1948 in Henrietta, Texas.

Mary and Sam lived the first 11 years of their marriage in Duncan, where she worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and where the first three of her five children were born.

They then lived in Wichita, Kan. for nine years before moving to Hobbs, N.M., where she worked for J C Penny for 13 years while they raised their last two children.

Sam passed away in April of 1981 and Mary moved back to Duncan in 1989 to be closer to her mother in her final years. On Jan. 9, 1998, Mary married Melvin Abell, in Duncan, where they have resided ever since.  

Mary leaves those to cherish her loving memories her husband, Melvin Abell of Duncan; her five children, Carol Jackson of Wichita, Kan., Kenneth Coulter and his wife, Mari, of Savannah, Ga., Sheila Sage and her husband, David, of Hutchinson, Kan., Shawn Coulter and his wife, Celia, of El Paso, Texas and Robin Nunez and her husband, Ed, of Ft. Worth, Texas; her step-children Joan Chandler and her husband, Mike, and John Abell; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and family members.

Mary is preceded in death by her loving parents, grandparents and a brother.

The family would like to thank and honor the dedicated nurses and aides of the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, Kan. for their wonderful care for our loved one during her illness. Memorials can be made to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice at 313 S Market, Wichita, KS 67202.

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