"The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning." Dannie Ellen Brock Maples was born April 2, 1952 in McComb, Mississippi and died April 19, 2018 at home in Jackson, Mississippi.
Dan Ellen’s education included graduation from McComb High School in 1970 and the University of Mississippi in 1974. She was an excellent student, evidenced by her winning a Taylor Medal. Yet when her college advisor encouraged her to attend medical school, she informed him that she considered raising a family to be much more important work. She completed her post graduate degree in Deaf Education at the University of Mississippi, having also attended Washington University in St. Louis.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. James Murray Brock, Sr. (Mary Ellen). Dan Ellen is survived by her husband of 41 years, Dr. Michael Dudley Maples. She is also survived by her children Mary Ellen Maples Stancill (Jeff), Dr. Nathan Dudley Maples, and Brock Michael Maples (Lora) of Jackson, Mississippi, by her adoring grandchildren who knew her as "Big Mama", Dudley Jefferson Stancill, Ellen Ruth Stancill, Helen Ann Maples, and Tate Michael Maples, all of Jackson, Mississippi, and by her siblings Dr. James Murray Brock, Jr. (Linda) of McComb, Mississippi, Lucius William Brock II of McComb, Mississippi, Mary Prosser Brock Zimmerman (Jon) of Seattle, Washington, and Oliver Eugene Brock II (Tina) of Melbourne, Australia.
The family would like to thank the numerous doctors, nurses and staff at Baptist Hospital who cared for Dan Ellen during her illness.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. The family will hold a private graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, you can honor her memory by taking care of your family in a responsible way. If you must have a tangible way to commemorate her passing, please donate to constitutional studies at Hillsdale College through firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or to the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center Nurses’ Focus on the Future Fund through the Mississippi Baptist Health Foundation (<https://mbhs.org/baptist-health-foundation>).