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Mary Ellen 'Nell' Hein

Mary Ellen “Nell” (Grant) Hein, age 90, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at her home in Quinter, KS. She was born to Arthur S. and Celia M. (Bell) Grant on Nov. 29, 1922, in Inverell, New South Wales, Australia.

Nell was the youngest of four children. She grew up in the Inverell and Brisbane area where she loved to visit the beach, ride horses and was known to have a passion for literature. She also loved writing short stories and tackling crossword puzzles. After graduating high school, she joined the Women’s Australian Air Force (WAAF) where she was a teletype operator during WWII. In 1945, while stationed at Archerfield Air Force Base in Brisbane, Australia, she met and married Walter A. Hein.

In 1946, Nell traveled to the United States aboard the USS Monterey to begin her life in America. For many years, Nell resided in Grainfield where she raised 13 children. It was to these children that she gave unbridled love and guidance. She was a fiercely proud and selfless woman who gave her life to her children and grandchildren, instilling her strong moral values, which provided a good foundation for life and life’s lessons. She always was known to be a gracious hostess, and there never was a time when you entered her home that you weren’t asked to sit down to a hot meal, a sandwich, dessert, and of course a hot cup of tea. She took great pride in providing food, shelter and clothing to anyone in need.

She became a CNA at Gove County Long Term Care Facility in the late 1970s, where she thoroughly enjoyed her time caring for and interacting with the residents. After many years of service, Nell retired from the LTCF in 1992.

She then spent her retirement years visiting her family and friends and enjoyed returning to her homeland. She took great pleasure spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Nell was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Arthur; her sisters. Dulcie and Jean; nephew, John; and her beloved daughter, Denise (Hein) Scott.

Survivors include seven daughters, Kate Schmidtberger and husband, Randy, Hays, KS; Judy Ranson, Colorado Springs, CO.; Jeanne Wilkins, Brisbane, Australia; Cindy McMillin, Colorado Springs, CO.; Tammy Archer, Colorado Springs, CO.; Rene Johnson, Quinter, KS.; Melissa Bradfield and husband, Greg, Greeley, CO.; five sons, Rick Hein and wife, Linda, Lincoln, NE.; Terry Hein, Quinter, KS.; Steve Hein, Albuquerque, NM.; Dave Hein and wife, Louise, Hays, KS.; Mark Hein and wife, Karen, Novato, CA.; son-in-law Gary Scott, Olathe, KS.; 25 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; niece Lesley Culbert, nephews Barry and David Mayer all of Australia.

Nell will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and the many people she touched throughout her life. She has been and always will be an inspiration to all who came in contact with her.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Schmitt Funeral Home, Quinter. Burial will be in the Grainfield Cemetery.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas Special Olympics or Silent Angel’s Sanctuary and sent in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 901 S. Main, Quinter, KS 67752.