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Mary Ellen Dean, 90, of Bentonville passed away Monday, May 23. She was born May 7, 1926 in Bentonville to the late Lee Roy and Myrtle Hutchison. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, gardening and various forms of needlework, but she loved the time she shared with her family most of all. She was a lifelong resident of Benton County and for nearly 70 years she was the loving wife of James W. Dean, Jr. who survives. She is also survived by her children, Joyce Dean and James R. Dean, both of Bentonville; her granddaughters, Bree Dean of Oklahoma and Sloan Dean of Ohio; her great-granddaughter, Haley Polk of Oklahoma and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials are suggested to National Osteoporosis Foundation, 251 18th St. South, Suite 630, Arlington, VA 22202. www.nof.org