Mary Elaine Wellbaum

Mary Elaine Wellbaum, 70, of Monett, passed away June 13, 2020, while at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield. She was born April 11, 1950 in Monett, to Ernest Eugene Grass and Betty Lou (Nelson) Grass. She began her education in Tulsa, Okla. and then graduated from Monett High School with the class of 1968. She then furthered her education at the Burge School of Nursing where she earned her degree in nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for many area hospitals and nursing homes, retiring from the VA out patient clinic in Mt. Vernon. She was a faithful member of the Monett Church of the Nazarene, until her health prevented her from attending. For many years she was the church organist. In 1969 in Monett, Mary Grass and Gary Wellbaum were united in marriage.
She is survived by: husband; sons, Brandon (Nikole) Wellbaum and Shelby Wellbaum, all of Monett; mother, Betty Land, of Monett; four grandchildren; sister-in-law, Debbie (Tom) Stewart; and a host of extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by: her father, Ernest Grass; grandson, Gavin Wellbaum; step-father, Bill Land; brother, Robert Grass; and several aunts and uncles.  
Funeral services were held June 19, 2020 at Buchanan Funeral Home. Interment was at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, in Monett. Memorials are suggested to Haven of the Ozarks or the Church of the Nazarene in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home in Monett.


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