Mary Ellen Gehringer passed away Sunday morning September 9, 2007, just weeks before her 90th birthday. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa on November 6, 1917. She and her husband William came to Phoenix in 1952 and worked side-by-side for over 25 years operating a successful insurance agency. Mary spent her leisure time playing golf and bowling and loved traveling, especially her cruises to Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Paula LaFon and several loving nieces and nephews. Visitation is Thursday, September 13th, at 10 AM at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, followed by her Memorial Service at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hospice of the Valley would be appreciated. They provide a priceless service to our community.