Mary Elizabeth Epley

Friday, August 27, 2010

Mary Elizabeth Epley, age 90, of Manhattan, KS, died August 21, 2010, at Stoneybrook Retirement Community in Manhattan.

She was born September 10, 1919, in Osage, AR, the daughter of George Ellis and Ollie Ida (Murphy) Usrey, and had been a Manhattan resident since 1992.

Mrs. Epley was a homemaker. Mary was a wonderful mother for her children. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader. Mary was a great cook and loved to cook for her family. Throughout her life she was very active in church activities.

On August 14, 1945, in Berryville, AR, she was married to Jack C. Epley. He preceded her in death on February 28, 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Willie Usrey; three sisters: Patsy Smith, Gladys Holden, Odie Gibbs; and her son, Joey.

Survivors include two daughters: Karen Brady of Port Angles, WA and Sharon Starkey of Manhattan, KS; one son, Kyle Epley of Quartz Hill, CA; her sister: Eloise Duvall of Berryville, AR; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Valley View Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Bob Flack officiating.

The family of Mrs. Epley will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.