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 November 29, 1922 in Inverell, New South Wales, Australia.
Nell was the youngest of 4 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 was always known to be a gracious hostess and there was never 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 1970’s 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 7 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 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Schmitt Funeral Home, Quinter. Burial will be in the Grainfield Cemetery.
Visitation will be 10:00 AM 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
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