She was a 1944 graduate of Elyria High School and was a lifelong Elyria resident before moving to Autumn Aegis Retirement Community. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Elyria and enjoyed her pet birds, dogs and cats.
Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Jess and Luella Penberthy; sister, Marge Ann France: and her grandparents who raised her, William and Sarah Penberthy.
A graveside service will be Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 1 P.M., at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria. Reverend Dalton D. Love will officiate.