Mary Case, a longtime friend and Honorary Alumna of Johnson University, passed away on Sunday after a lengthy illness. Her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Case, is a Johnson University trustee.
Mary had a brilliant mind and was an excellent scholar. She was class Valedictorian in high school and served as the Indiana State President of Future Homemakers of America. She received her Associate in Applied Science with Highest Distinction (Nursing) and became a Registered Nurse in 1970 and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree with Highest Distinction in Nursing in 1972, both from Purdue University. While attending Purdue, she was active in the Christian Campus House, through which she later met Jeff. They married in 1976.
Early in her career, she served in various nursing roles including intensive care, cardiac care, and public health and as a school nurse, pediatrician’s office nurse, and home health nurse. She taught nursing and served as a continuing education coordinator in the Nursing Department at Purdue University Calumet.
Mary was the owner and CEO of SNMP Research International, Inc., a software firm, that, while working side-by-side with Jeff and his company, SNMP Research, Inc., created, licensed, and supported software for managing the Internet based on the Simple Network Management Protocol and related standards. Her list of customers reads like a “Who’s Who” of the computer and communications industries. She was known locally and abroad as “MrsSNMP,” the moniker on her license plate. To some extent, she acted as a surrogate mother to dozens of software developers (seemingly half of whom were named David).
She had a deep and abiding faith in Jesus. Mary has been a member of the Seymour Heights Christian Church since 1986. Mary and Jeff led nursery classes at churches in Illinois and Tennessee for over 25 years, until chronic illnesses rendered her unable to continue teaching. In recent years, Mary and Jeff attended Woodlawn Christian Church whenever her health allowed.
Mary’s passion for Christ and for families was demonstrated in her work at Hope Resource Center. Beginning as a volunteer, stuffing envelopes and answering phones, she soon became a counselor helping young women in crisis. Her leadership skills and business acumen led to a position on the Board, eventually serving as Board Chair.
Mary was a wife, partner, mother of three daughters, friend, sister, Grammy, nurse, counselor, homemaker, and devoted follower of Christ. She was a skilled and gracious hostess for numerous family and church gatherings and she gave generously of her time, her talents, and her resources.
The family will receive friends on Friday, February 9, from 4 pm to 7:45 pm at Seymour Heights Christian Church, 122 Boyds Creek Hwy, Seymour TN, 37865. A Celebration of Life will follow at 8 pm. A private interment service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Mary would prefer that memorial contributions be made to provide clean water in Jesus’ name in vulnerable communities such as in Africa via the TivaWater Project (www.tivawater.com/give.html) or to support Christian education via a memorial fund in her name at Johnson University (www.JohnsonU.edu/mcasememorial).