Mary Pogue

Lifelong Brown County resident Mary Pogue died at her home surrounded by family Oct. 6, 2016. She was 96.

Known for her apple pie, outstanding gardening and quick wit, she loved to feed the birds and tell old stories about Brown County.

Mary was a lifelong Democrat and member of the Brown County Historical Society. She attended the Country Gospel Church. Her ancestral families include the Tracys and Gordons who arrived in Brown County in the 1860s. She worked at the Colonial Room and at the Abe Martin Lodge for many years.

She was born in Bean Blossom on Feb. 27, 1920, to Everett and Blanche Tracy.

She is survived by granddaughter, Ronni (Bill) Hayes of Nashville, granddaughter, Tricia Bock of Nashville, grandson, John Paul “JP” Bock of Nashville, and granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth (Josh) Bock of Indianapolis; daughters-in-law, many nephews, nieces, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Predeceasing her were her parents; her husband, Harold Pogue; sons, Martin Lee Bock and Tracy Earl Bock; a stepson, Ronnie Pogue; siblings; two grandsons and a great-great-grandson.

Mary was truly looking forward to voting for the first woman for president. When she was born, women did not have the right to vote. By that November, her mother, Blanche, cast her vote for the first time. Mary wanted to vote for a woman for president, and for her own granddaughter to be commissioner of the county she loved. She did not realize that dream, but in that spirit, the family asks that donations be made to the Brown County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 1742, Nashville, IN 47448, in her memory, or to Country Gospel Church in Nashville.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, 1682 State Road 135 North, with Earl Piper officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. There will be a gathering of family and friends Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Sara Clifford has been raising a family in Brown County since 2005 and leading the Brown County Democrat since late 2009. In addition to editor, she is the beat reporter for town government and writes columns, features and general news stories.