Mary Brickley-McCoun

Mary Martha Brickley-McCoun (Turpin)

Wednesday, November 20th, 1929 - Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
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Mary Martha (Turpin) Brickley-McCoun, 90, of Plainfield, Indiana passed away Wednesday, September 30th, 2020. She was born November 20th, 1929 in Beech Grove to her parents, Carl and Martha (Armstrong) Turpin. She married the late Robert E. Brickley on June 15th, 1952 and later married the late Dan E. McCoun Sr. on June 9th, 1978. Mary was a resident of Indianapolis for most of her life.

Mary is survived by her five sons: Robert W. (Debra) Brickley of Mooresville, Gerald W. (Wendy) Brickley of Clermont, Richard D. (Kim) Brickley of Fishers, Dan E. (Betty) McCoun Jr. of Indianapolis, and Michael (Cindy) McCoun of Florida; one daughter, Brooke L. (Paul) Kottkamp of Indianapolis; 15 grandchildren; and several great and great great grandchildren. Mary is preceded in death by both of her parents; her first husband, Robert E. Brickley; and her second husband, Dan E. McCoun.

Mary was a 1947 graduate of Shortridge High School. She got her BS in education in 1957 from Butler University and later went to get her Master's in 1976 from Butler University. Mary was an elementary teacher at Indianapolis Public Schools for 5 years and at Perry Township for 23 years and before retiring in 1992. She was a member of Sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma at Butler University and a member of the Internationally Yours, Daughter of the Revolution (Past Regent of the Mary Brian Chapter DAR). She was also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi and the Who's Who of Teachers. She was a member of Friendswood Baptist Church as well.

Family and friends may show their love and support from on 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, October 6th at Jones Family Mortuary in Mooresville. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 pm on Tuesday, October 6th at the funeral home. Mary will be laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Jones Family Mortuary
    4165 East Allison Road
    Mooresville, IN 46158
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 1:00pm
    Jones Family Mortuary
    4165 East Allison Road
    Mooresville, IN 46158
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Crown Hill Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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steve peters

Posted at 10:39am
Marty recently remembered some of the adventures she had when she was a little girl. Growing up in Woodruff place in Indianapolis, she usually played with a neighbor boy. Marty fondly remembered swinging across the alley on a rope. Before school-age, she followed all the neighbor little-ones to class, then had to be returned home when she repeatedly peered through the windows to see what was taking place. She wanted to be in there! They said she couldn’t do that, it was too distracting to the class. When older, Marty attended Indianapolis Public School 33. When the school had a contest to see which class could sell the most school cookies, her class won. However, she got a young boy in trouble for selling a large amount of cookies for her. He wasn’t in trouble with the school, but with the students in his class because he was not in the same class as Marty.
Marty eventually taught at that same school 33 that she had attended. She made learning memorable by making games and using re-enacting to engage her students. Her sons helped build and wire electric multiple-choice boards such as are usually seen in museums.
When she retired, Marty put her energy into music. A Daughters Of The American Revolution member, Hattie, helped her learn how to play the Lap Dulcimer. With Jan and Richard Halladay’s group, The Brown County Dulcimer Society and her own Forget-Me-Nots, they exported the exuberance for the old songs all over mid and southern Indiana.
To sing “There’s A Hole In The Bucket Dear Liza” with Marty was a bit intimidating because she acted out the part of Liza. Liza was perturbed. It was such a funny routine that, when performed on a weekday for a sewing group at the Gray Road Baptist Church, a lady in the audience declared something you wouldn’t think you’d hear in a church building, “I’ve never heard that before. It was so hilarious, I nearly peed my pants!”
I will sorely miss Marty’s spiritedness in all she did. There is a Marty-shaped empty space in the world now, BUT the music and verve she spread all around will surely continue in all of us.

Indy Folk Session

Posted at 06:52pm
May her family be comforted by the memory of Mary. From her fellow musicians, we are singing a song for her.
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Bill Burton

Posted at 12:01pm
Deepest sympathy. The Burtons. Bill, Mark, Tina and family and Craig Burton.
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