Virginia Ann (Brooks) Bear, age 90, of Madison, formerly of Vevay, passed away on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020, at 7:35 a.m. at her residence.
Virginia entered this life on April 25th, 1929 in Jefferson County, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Howard W. and Lelia E. Hess Brooks.
She was a high school graduate, and married Lowary Ray Bear on November 12th, 1946 in Madison. This happy union was blessed with four sons: Gerald, Mike, Lynn, and Greg; and four daughters: Beverly, Sharon, Debbie, and Cathy.
She lived in Switzerland County most of her married life until she and Ray moved to Madison in 1996. She was a busy homemaker, raising her children and her garden and preserving her garden’s bounty. She was a member of Faith Alliance Church and the Riverview Homemakers Club. She enjoyed reading, sewing, needlepoint, she loved growing beautiful violets and especially enjoyed her rose gardens. She loved spending time with her family and traveling.
Virginia will be missed by her loving sons: Mike Bear and his wife Sue of Vevay and Gerald R. Bear of Vevay; by her loving daughters: Beverly Jones and her husband Ronald of Lebanon, Tennessee, Sharon Bear LeMasters of Vevay, Debbie Gregory and her husband Eddie of Florence, Indiana, and Cathy Bear of Indianapolis, Indiana; by her daughter-in-law, Vicki Hartman Bear of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Thomas Ray “T.R.” (Lindy), Michael, Traci (Clinton), Mark (Tammi), Lori Ann (Donald), Amy, Brian (Penny), Darin (Melissa), Chad (Jillian), Jill (Neal), Allan, and Todd; by her great grandchildren: Annabelle, Clayton, Mallory Ann, Brinley Morgan, Paige, Pailyn, Shawn, Summer, Lacie, Mindy, Donnie, Spencer, Parker, Mariah, Ava, Gracie, Paige, Zachary, Dakota, Jade, Juliana, Jackson, Chandler, and Maddox; by her great- great-grandchildren: Landon, Nolan, Trenton, Keegan, Malaya, Domani, Brayson and Macie; by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Kenneth Wooten of Hanover, Indiana, Jesse Dunlap of Madison, Charlotte Carlisle and her husband Freddie of Madison, and Jennie Brooks of Allensville, Indiana; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her father, Howard W. Brooks, who died on January 14th, 1976; by her mother, Lelia E. Hess Brooks, who died on August 25th, 1965; by her sons: Calvin Gregory Bear, who died on June 11th, 1973 and Elbert Lynn Bear, who died on November 16th, 2000; by her granddaughter, Lisa Sue Bear, who died on June 8h, 1975; by her brother, Ralph Emerson Brooks, who died on September 8th, 1992; by her sister, Mary Louise Wooten, who died on February 6th, 2014; by her grandson, Clayton Gregory Bear, who died on January 20th, 2010, and by her beloved husband of nearly 72 years, Lowary Ray Bear, who died on May 24th, 2018.
Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, January 26th, by Brother Bob Hicks at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison, Indiana. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.
Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Sunday, January 26th prior to the beginning of the services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elbert Lynn Bear Endowment or Our Hospice. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre’s of Madison and Hanover.
Grady Lee Harrell, age 81, of Madison, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020, at 11:22 a.m. in the Emergency Room at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
Grady entered this life on February 13th, 1938 to parents Charlie and Gladys Fletcher Harrell of Beech Grove, Tennessee. Grady graduated from Manchester High School in Manchester, Tennessee, and also served eight years in the U.S. Army National Guard of Tennessee.
He was united in marriage on October 3rd, 1970 to Rosalind Elston, who then resided in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Before moving to Indiana, Grady worked for Courier Printing Company in Murfreesboro where he specialized in four-color printing.
In late 1977, he and Rosalind moved to Moorefield, Indiana where they purchased a small farm. Besides working full time in the printing field at Coleman Printing Company and later DPI, Grady also farmed full time at night raising cattle, hay and tobacco. After a 40 year career in the graphics industry, he retired from public works in 1999 and devoted all his time to farming, a career he deeply loved. In addition to the farm’s mainstay of crops and cattle, Grady raised prolific tomato gardens, grew his own flowers in the farm greenhouse and meticulously cared for the property with its historic house and sprawling lawn.
Grady and Rosalind sold their Switzerland County property five years ago and built a new home and barns north of Madison. But in true Grady fashion, a tractor and plethora of tools came too — for he had new projects to build and another spacious lawn to maintain. A skilled craftsman, he loved making pieces of furniture for his wife and continuing the aesthetics of their property.
A true outdoorsman, Grady cherished watching and raising sunflower seeds for the birds, feeding the squirrels, enjoying the birth and harvest of the four seasons, going fishing and returning to his roots to enjoy country music at the Grand Ole Opry. Very mechanically and electrically-oriented, he repaired most breakdowns himself, only calling on the professionals and neighbors of expertise on big jobs. In between all these tasks, he enthusiastically and tremendously helped his wife, a teacher, with her many projects and after-school responsibilities.
Grady will be missed by her loving wife of 49 years, Rosalind Elston Harrell of Madison; by his brother, Randall Harrell and his wife Louise of Shelbyville, Tennessee; by his sisters-in-law: Maxine Moderau of Hanover, Indiana, Marlene Linkmeyer of Madison, and Patsy Elston of Madison; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father Charlie Harrell; by his mother Gladys Fletcher Harrell; by his mother-in-law, Gertrude Baxter Elston; by his brothers-in-law: Gerald Elston, Wayne Elston, Herman Moderau and Bob Linkmeyer; and by one niece.
Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, January 25th, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment followed in the Salem Cemetery near Cross Plains, Indiana. Friends were able to pay their respects to the family on Saturday, January 25th prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.
Ella Frances Houze
Ella Frances (Curlin) Houze, age 87, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Monday, January 20th, 2020, at the Manderly Health Care Center in Osgood, Indiana.
Frances, formerly of Vevay and Rising Sun, entered this life on January 1st, 1933 in Rising Sun. She was one of 15 children born to parents Ernest and Lydia R. (Washburn) Curlin.
Frances was raised in Rising Sun and Vevay, and attended Rising Sun High School.
On April 23rd, 1949 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Frances was united in marriage to John William Houze. This happy union was blessed with five children. Frances and John shared nearly 71 years of marriage together until her death.
Frances was formerly employed for Milan Furniture Factory in Milan, Indiana which became Dolly Madison Furniture; and for J&J Liquor Store in Aurora, Indiana. Later, she was employed as a waitress for her mother’s restaurant in Rising Sun, and for a Dry Cleaners in Aurora, Indiana.
Frances enjoyed gardening, canning, traveling, working crossword puzzles and reading.
Frances will be lovingly remembered by her husband, John William Houze of Aurora, Indiana; by her daughters: Donna Romans and her husband Douglas of Dillsboro, Indiana and Jackie Votaw and her husband Joe of Aurora, Indiana; by her sons: Garry Houze and his wife Gina of Knoxville, Tennessee and John W. Houze, Jr. of Covington, Kentucky; by her grandchildren: Endea Smith, Sarah Bedel, Josh Banschbach, Johnny Houze, Allison Schwartz, Michael Cutter, Jackie Lansing, Hayes Banschbach, Nicholas Houze and Ashley Houze; by her great-grandchildren: Olivia Sizemore, Parker Hahn, Brogan Schwartz, Lane Cutter, Ava Cutter, Taylor Bedel, Austin Bedel, Mallery Banschbach, Sutter Banschbach and Everett Houze; by her great-great-grandchild on the way; by her step-grandchildren; by her step-great-grandchildren; by her brother, Paul Vernon Curlin and his wife Beverly of Vevay; by her sister-in-law, Mary Lou Curlin of Vevay; and her numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Lydia R. (Washburn) Curlin; by her daughter, Linda Kay (Houze) Lansing; by her grandson, Adam Banschbach; by her brothers and sisters: Daisy Curlin, Laura Jean Kennedy, Ann Croul, Ernestine Lakes, Blanton Curlin, Courtland Curlin, James Curlin, Charles Curlin, J.T. Curlin, Russell Curlin, Dilver Curlin, Wilbur Curlin and Robert Curlin; and by her daughter-in-law, Tammy Houze.
Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, January 25th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Fredonia Cemetery on Tapps Ridge earn Vevay. Friends were invited to call on the family on Saturday, January 25th, prior to the beginning of the services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Joshua Lee O’Connor, 42, of Rising Sun, passed away on January 27th, 2020 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Joshua was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, on May 26th, 1977, the son of the late Pegan (Jackson) and Lee O’Connor. He was a 1995 graduate of South Dearborn High School.
Joshua was employed as lead mechanic at Sunbelt Rentals in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a member of the Rising Sun Post #59 Sons of the American Legion.
Joshua loved to ride his Razer and go four wheeling. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, grilling out, camping and hanging out with friends.
Joshua is survived by his loving companion of 24 years, Kelly Shamburger, of Rising Sun; by his son, Colton O’Connor of Rising Sun; by his brother, Shawn O’Connor of Aurora, Indiana; and by his sister, Shana Probst of Aurora, Indiana.
Joshua was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Pegan O’Connor.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 1st, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Visitation will be on Saturday, February 1st, from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the family.
Julia Kay (Rariden) Wright, age 70, of Vevay, passed away at 5:40 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020, at her residence.
Julia entered this life on June 10th, 1949 in Muncie, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Robert Sterling and Ruth Carolyn (Wiley) Rariden. She was raised in Anderson, Indiana and was a 1967 graduate of Anderson High School.
Julia earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana State University, and later her master’s degree from Ball State University.
Julia was united in marriage in Anderson, Indiana to William Robert “Bob” Wright on April 23rd, 1977. She retired as the special education teacher for Anderson School Corporation in Anderson, Indiana. She later retired as a substitute teacher for Carroll County School Corporation in Carrollton, Kentucky.
Julia had resided in the Switzerland County community since 1994.
Julia will be lovingly remembered by her husband, William Robert “Bob” Wright of Vevay; by her daughters: Molly Wright and her companion Travis Webster of Perry Park, Kentucky and Buffi Hatfield of Arizona; and by her grandchildren: William Smith, Giuliana Smith, Travis Webster, Jr. and Krosley Webster.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Sterling Rariden, who died on January 23rd, 2010 and Ruth Carolyn (Wiley) Rariden, who died on December 19th, 2016; by her sons, B.J. and Collin Wright; and by her sister, Leslie Wright.
No services will be held at this time. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this difficult time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Luca James Wooten
Luca James Wooten, infant son of Tevin and Tiffany (Lucas) Wooten of Vevay, entered and left this world on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
In addition to his loving parents, Luca is survived by his grandparents: John Robert and Debi Lucas, of Moorefield, Indiana; by his grandmother, Susan Shelton, of Florence, Kentucky; by his aunts: Randa Combs (Josh), of Versailles, Indiana and Dorothea Swan (Jimmy), of Union, Kentucky; by his uncle, Trey Shelton, of Florence, Kentucky; and by his cousins: Mason Combs, Ellie Combs, Mason Swan and Ajanai Ross.
He was preceded in death by his great grandparents: Bernie and Sue Burk, John and Dorothy Lucas, and Donald and Pat Shelton.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 30th at the Vevay Cemetery with Tony Spoores officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of choice. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family at this difficult time.