The Washington Times-Herald

October 15, 2013

Mary Lou Stafford

Nov. 11, 1931 - Oct. 12

---- — WHEATLAND — Mary Lou Stafford, 81, passed away Oct. 12 at Hillside Manor in Washington.

Born Nov. 11, 1931, in Wheatland, she was the daughter of Levi Porter and Lula (Myers) Noble.

She had retired from Ewing Printing. Prior to that, Mary Lou had worked at the Knox County Public Library.

Surviving are her children, Shawna (Jim) Hart of Loogootee and Jonathan L. Stafford of Washington; a brother, Lee Roy Noble of Monroe City; sisters, Dorothy Lay and Georgia Noble, both of Vincennes; granddaughters, Beth (Brocksmith) Melvin of Florida and Ashley (Brocksmith) Guiterrez of North Carolina; and her great-grandsons, Declan Melvin and Ethan Gutierrez.

Her husband, Merlin Stafford, whom she married June 11, 1956, died Nov. 25, 1999. Sisters Grace Montz and Clara Noble and her parents are also deceased.

Private family services were held today at Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Knox County Public Library. Online condolences may be sent to the family through