Mary M. Thomas Pickett, 75, of Brazil died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.
Born March 30, 1929, in Lena, Ind., she was the daughter of William Emanuel Thomas and Ellen Mae Hunter Thomas.
She attended Van Buren High School and married Norval Pickett Jr. on Aug. 26, 1946. He preceded her in death on Oct. 31, 2003.
She was co-owner of Pickett Auction House and served as auction clerk. She also was clerk for Col. Hughes and Col. Cap Downing for many years at farm auction sales. She was secretary for her husband during the years he served as Mayor of Brazil. She served as a Democrat Precinct Committeeperson for more than 20 years in Clay County. Her last business venture was with her son, Kenny, as co-owner of Quick Pick North and South for 18 years.
Survivors includeher children, Kenneth Pickett, and wife, Marcia, of Terre Haute and Margie Cooper and husband, Scott, of Zionsville; four grandchildren, Amanda Biedess and hsuband, Matt, of Fishers, Jordan Thomas Pickett of Bloomington, Craig Cooper and wife, Karen, and Carson Cooper, all of Carmel; a sister, Ruth Armstrong and husband, Tom, of Brazil; a sister-in-law, Jane Thomas, of Carbon; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Judy Pickett; cousins, Don and Mary Lou Howard, Chris Howard and Jimmy Howard; many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Norval and Mabel Pickett; one son as an infant, Norman Wayne Pickett; four brothers, William Emanuel Thomas Jr., Bob Thomas, Tom Thomas, Donald Wayne Thomas; and a sister, Norma Jean Morlan.
Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in French Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Goss officiating. Family friend Bob Nevins will share a eulogy.
Burial will follow in Stunkard Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today and Tuesday prior to services.
Light a candle in her memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.