Obituaries 07/02/2020


Lilyannah Adams

  Lilyannah Marie Grace Adams was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020. She entered heaven on Friday, June 26th, 2020 at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. Ohio.

  Lilyannah was a vibrant ray of sunshine that just shined too bright for this earth and God needed her as a beautiful bright star and guiding light. As her uncle Jerrod said, “She was just too dang beautiful for this world to handle so God needed her for his work.”

  “We thought we were going to be watching over you for your lifetime but it turns out you’re going to watch over us as our guardian angel. We love you. Lily pad.”

  Lilyannah will be deeply missed by her heartbroken parents, Justin Ray Adams and Lacey Marie Walton of Florence, Indiana; by her brothers: Braylen Joseph Walton and Wesley Eugene Edward Walton of Florence, Indiana; by her maternal nana, Cathy Jo Edwards and her companion, Kenneth Gordy of Carrollton, Kentucky; by her maternal grandfather, Joseph Edward Walton of Rising Sun; by her paternal grandparents: Marchita and James Hutchinson of Tampa, Florida; by her paternal grandmother, Tammie Adams of Ocala, Florida; by her maternal great-grandmothers: Patricia Walton of Rising Sun and Donna Johnson of Carrollton, Kentucky; by her aunts and uncles: Guy Adams and Christy Garci of Mt. Plymouth, Florida, Courtney Creech and Jerrod Ayers of Oxford, Ohio, Layla Creech of New Paris, Ohio, Kellie Adams of Ocala, Florida and Harry Walton, III and Makki of Rising Sun; by her great-uncles and great-aunts: Tonya Edwards of Carrollton, Kentucky, Pamela and Jerry Tatman of Kent, Indiana, Tiffany and Thomas Majors of Bennington, and Mary and Matt Bruns of Bennington; and by her cousins: Holt, Jadelyn, Jayden, Brittany, Anthony, Sophia, Carter, Cayden, Kash, Amaya, Rilynn, Maleah, Aubree, Thomas, Kristee, William, Averyl, Kaina, Eli, Jaycon, Aniyah, Aubree and Allysen.

  She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfathers: Harry E. Walton, Jr. and Anthony Glenn “Tony” Edwards; by her maternal great-great-grandparents: Harry E. Walton, Sr. and Norma Walton, Arthur G. and Mary E. Edwards and Dorothy and Vernon LaVelle; and by her paternal great-great-grandparents, Irene and George Adams.

  Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Wednesday, July 1st, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Wednesday, July 1st, by Pastor Matt Bruns, at the funeral home.

  Interment followed in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Aberdeen, Indiana.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lilyannah Marie Grace Adams Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Ellen Snelling

  Ellen Ann (Waldon) Snelling, 80, passed away on Monday, June 22nd, 2020 at Shady Nook Care Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Ellen was born in Aurora, Indiana on February 28th, 1940, the daughter of the late Anna (York) and Perry Waldon. Ellen grew up in the Aurora community and attended Aurora High School.

  She was the wife of Donald Ray Snelling. They were married on January 11th, 1958 at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ by Reverend Fogle. Ellen and Donald were married over 62 years until her passing.

  She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ. She was also a former member of the Happy Homemakers Club. Ellen and her husband Donald were instrumental in starting the Parkinson’s Class at the Aurora Recreation Community Center. Ellen enjoyed gardening and canning what she grew. Ellen was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

  Ellen is survived by her husband, Donald Ray Snelling of Ohio County; by her daughter, Donna White, of Ohio County; by her two sons: Michael Snelling (Cindy), of Ohio County, and Jerry Snelling (Carla), of Brandon, Florida; by her grandchildren: Jeremy Ray Foster (Rose), Nathan Wayne Foster (Katie), Holly Marie Snelling, Tiffany Michelle Lane (Mitch), Stacy Marie Snelling, Scott Raymond Snelling and Christopher William Snelling; by her great grandchildren: Rave, Kymberly, Kylie, Damien, Hunter, Samuel, Annais, Nathan Jr., Jacob, Savannah, Bladen and Tanner. Ellen is also survived by a sister, Lois Fairfield (Clyde), of Milan, Indiana.

  Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; by her two grandsons: Joseph Michael Foster and Matthew Snelling; by her brothers: Melvin Waldon, Denton Waldon and Perry Waldon Jr.; and by her sisters: Louise Crosthwatie and Kathryn Mix.

  Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 25th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Davon Huss officiating. Visitation was held on Thursday, June 25th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Aurora Recreation Community Center (ARCC) to benefit the Parkinson’s Class. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Darlene Shields

  Darlene Joyce Shields, 74, of Rising Sun, passed away on Monday, June 22nd, 2020.

  Darlene was born in Hammond, Indiana on August 27th, 1945, the daughter of the late Violet and Carl  Isaacson. She was a graduate of Thornton Fractional High School and worked in the deli department of ‘The Short Stop’.

  In 2007, she married Boyd Shields.

  Darlene was known for her wonderful cooking and being a loving mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family.

  Darlene is survived by husband Boyd Shields of Rising Sun; by her children: Kris Robins (Mark) of Mancelona, Michigan, Megan Juhasz of Highland, Indiana, and Kenneth Juhasz (Amanda) of Central Lake, Michigan; by her sister Linda Bruns (Jim) of Crete, Illinois; by her sister-in-law Donna Isaacson of Lake Station, Indiana; and by her 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

  In addition to her parents, Darlene was proceeded in death by brothers: Charles Isaacson and Richard Isaacson.

  No services have been set at this time. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Robert Kelley

  Robert Lee Kelley, 95, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, formerly of Rising Sun, passed away on June 24th, 2020 at Shady Nook Care Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  He was born in Ohio County on December 1st, 1924, the son of Mort David Kelley and Nellie Milton (Bailey) Kelley. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1943.

  Bob served in the U.S. Merchant Marines from January 1st, 1944 until August of  1946, earning an honorable discharge from both Merchant Marines and U.S. Coast Guard He reminisced quite often about his time in the service, traveling to Venezuela, France, England, Sweden and many places on the East and Southern Coast of the U.S.

  After returning from the service, Bob married Thelma Elizabeth Carpenter on May 21st, 1948. They were married 72 years at the time of his death. To this union, a daughter was born, Connie L. Kelley Sharp.

  Bob and Thelma were long time members of the Rising Sun Church of Christ, Bob joining in 1948 and Thelma joining in 1943. Bob worked at Joseph E. Seagram’s for 40 years, retiring in 1986, only missing four days in 40 years. During his life, Bob joined the Masons and received his 50 year pin in 1999. Bob joined the Rising Sun Cemetery Board in 1990 and later became the President in 1991 for more than 20 years, retiring in 2011.

  In 1993, Bob’s Dad gave him an idea of placing flags on all Veterans graves for Memorial Day each year. Bob and fellow member, Ed Billingsley, placed 62 flags on known Veterans that first year. He was told recently that over 900 flags are now placed on crosses at the court house each Memorial Day. He was always quite proud of that idea.

  After his retirement from Seagram’s in 1986, he and his best friend Dean Carrigan, enjoyed volunteering at Hoosier Boy, building a kitchen among other projects. His other favorite pastimes were watching TV shows with a special fondness for watching golf.

  After caring for his wife for several years, she entered Shady Nook Nursing Home and at that time, Bob moved to Lawrenceburg to be closer to his family. His heart always continued to be in Rising Sun. No one loved that town more than he. One of his proudest moments was being able to go on the Honor Flight in 2006 with good friend, Paul Leive and other World War 2 Veterans. He enjoyed that trip and loved talking about it and the honors he was bestowed from the Aurora Farmers Fair and the Rising Sun American Legion for being a WW2 Veteran.

  Survivors include his loving wife, Thelma Kelley; his daughter, Connie (Jerry) Sharp; his two granddaughters: Angela Schwarz and Michelle (Eric) Tufts; his five great grandchildren: Jake, Aneesa and Brooklyn Schwarz and Drew and Brady Tufts; his two nieces: Donna (John) Burckle of Cincinnati, Ohio and Sally Taylor of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and his best friend for almost 80 years, Dean Carrigan.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mort and Nell Kelley; and his only brother, Melvin (Bill) Kelley.

  Services for Bob will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Mariam Hammond

  Mariam (Ellis) Hammond, age 83, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 5:20 a.m. on Monday, June 29th, 2020, at the Aspen Trace in Greenwood, Indiana.

  Mariam entered this life on June 16th, 1937 in Switzerland County. She was the loving daughter of the late Wilbur and Beatrice Lillian (Waller) Ellis. She was raised in Aberdeen, Indiana and attended school in Florence, Indiana.

  Mariam was employed for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay for 43 years until it closed in 2000. She was also employed for Vevay IGA and Vevay Super Value for several years and as a greeter for Walmart in Aurora, Indiana for several years.

  Mariam attended Fairview Baptist Church and Concord Community Church. She was a member of the Switzerland County Historical Society, Youth Board of Ohio County for five years and the Ohio County 4-H Fair Board for 10 years. Mariam enjoyed going to craft shows on the weekends for over 20 years in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  Mariam will be lovingly remembered by her daughters: Sharon Kidwell of Indianapolis, Indiana and Karen Peters and her husband Dennis of Seymour, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Heather Harris and her husband Gabe of Noblesville, Indiana, and Brandon Peters and his wife Kim of New Palestine, Indiana; by her great-grandchildren: Cooper James Harris and Emerson Ann Harris; by her sister, Wilma “Jeannie” Hammond of Aberdeen, Indiana; and by her nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Wilbur Ellis, who died on December 23rd, 1981 and Beatrice Lillian (Waller) Ellis, who died on October 11th, 1989; and by her sisters: Opal Lucille (Ellis) Scott, who died on April 30th, 2003 and Eleanor C.  Stephenson, who died on May 15th, 2003.

  Friends may call from noon until 1 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services will be conducted beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd, by Reverend Steve Ward, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Historical Society. Cards are available at the funeral home.