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Mary Elvire (Dryfoose) Jockey, 88, Nashville

Mary Elvire Dryfoose Jockey passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. 

She was born in Springfield, Ill., May 19, 1923, the daughter of Mildred Oakalla Heaton and Earl Daniel Dryfoose.

She was a dancer from an early age and pursued her interest at Mildred Caskey’s Dance Studio. There, she met William Lowell Jockey. They married June 25, 1943. They soon became a professional ballroom dance team and moved to New York City. Their longest engagement was as the entertainment on the cruise ship USS Uruguay, which traveled from New York to South America. In 1952, they moved to Nashville and opened The Totem Post, which was one of five shops at the time. In 1958, their daughter, Liana, was born. 

Marielle, as she is known, was involved with the Tulip Trace Council of Girl Scouts as a leader and as the council president. She taught dance classes in Nashville for several years. She served as a reader in the Christian Science Society of Nashville. She worked with the Brown County Community Theatre behind the scenes and onstage, as well. Recently, she enjoyed playing with the Brown County Community Band. One of her greatest loves was traveling. She made ventures to South America, Alaska, Scandinavia, Australia, Bali and Panama. Another favorite destination was Walt Disney World with her two grandchildren, William Skyler and Lily Franklin. She and William Skyler also made a trip to Egypt in 2004.

She had a long and wonderful marriage to Bill Jockey; they worked together and enjoyed each other for 44 years. She was a savvy businesswoman, a spiritual person, a loving mother, a good partner and a dancer at heart. Her spirit is remembered by many in town as she whistled often and had a spring in her step. 

Those who continue to remember her with love are her daughter, Liana J. Franklin; her grandchildren, William Skyler Franklin and Lily Vollen Franklin; her brother, Earl Daniel “Buz” Dryfoose and his wife Georgia “Sam” Reif Dryfoose; her nieces and nephew, Debra Wachtstetter, Jeanne Butler, Renata Dryfoose and Daniel Dryfoose, and their families; along with many others in many states and lands. 

A celebration of her life will be held at a future date.

She asked that any memorial contributions be sent to the Christian Science Society (P.O. Box 82, Nashville, IN 47448.)

She loved this community and will be smiling on us all for a long time. Thank you for being the village she loved.

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  • November 23
    Annual community-wide hymn sing planned
    6:30 p.m. Nashville Christian Church, 160 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • November 25
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 26
    Go Club meeting Wednesday at coffee/tea shop
    3 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 26
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • November 28
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 12
    Widowed group plans Christmas party
    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
    BCSP Christmas bird count slated
    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road