Obituaries 7-3-14

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James Shelley

James W. Shelley, age 78, of Madison, formerly of Canaan, passed away Monday, June 30th, 2014 at his home.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison.

Richard Griffis

Richard A. Griffis, 62, of Vevay, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 27th, 2014, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was born May 25th, 1952, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Homer and Ruby (Wombles) Griffis. He was raised in Cincinnati where he attended high school.

Richard was united in marriage on April 7th, 1973, in Cincinnati, to the late Paulett (Wozniak) Griffis. Richard and Paulet shared 31 years of marriage together until she passed away in 2004.

He was a former security guard for Argosy Casino in Lawrenceburg. He was a former mechanic and laborer for several years. He resided in the Vevay community the past five years. Richard enjoyed making crafts and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his daughter, Bethany Lyn Cormell and husband Joseph of Vevay; his 15 grandchildren, Jada Cormell, Emma Cormell, Rachel Gatto, Sara Cormell, Brandon Gatto, Jason Gatto, Mike Gatto, Nicholas Gatto, Brady Cormell, Mia Cormell, Jeff Burton, Tistan Griffis, Harrison Griffis, Samuel Dresselhaus and Gabbie Esther; and his brother, Lonnie Griffis of Cincinnati.

He was also preceded in death by his son, James Richard Griffis in November, 2001; and his grandson, Dakota Joseph Cormell on December 16th, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Lewis Rucker

Lewis G. Rucker, 86, of Pleasant, passed away at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, at his residence.

He was born April 2nd, 1928, in Jefferson County, the loving son of the late Stanley M. and Amanda (Johnson) Rucker. He was raised in Craig Township in Switzerland County and was a 1947 graduate of Vevay High School. Lewis was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 28th, 1951, in Indianapolis, serving during the Korean War. Lewis was honorably discharged with the rank of Private on March 27th, 1953, at Camp Carson, Colorado.

He was united in marriage on July 3rd, 1951, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Ruth E. Brindley. Unto this union two daughters, Angie and Diana, and a son, Randy arrived to bless their home. Lewis and Ruth shared nearly 63 years of marriage together until his death.

Lewis was a former Craig Township Trustee for eight years and enjoyed farming all of his life. He was a member of the Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Pleasant where he served as a Deacon and enjoyed helping with projects at the church and in the community. Lewis will be remembered for his love of spending time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed attending family gatherings, traveling and loved his wife’s cooking. Lewis was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Ruth E. (Brindley) Rucker of Pleasant; his two daughters, Angie Kelley and husband Danney of Madison and Diana Hand and husband George of Madison; his son, Randy Rucker and wife Debbie of Aurora; his grandchildren, Chad Kelley and wife Shelly, Danielle Geary and husband Rob, Ashley Hand and Rachel Hand; his great-grandchildren, Caleb Geary, Kirsten Geary, Haley Kelley, Amelia Kelley, Ava Kelley and Jackson Kelley; his brother, Eugene Rucker and wife Betty of Hope, Indiana; his sister, Barbara Burlew and husband Carl of Hope; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his two sisters, Bernice M. Wright and Cora Francis Brown; and his brother, Leonard Rucker.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 30th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Chris Clemans officiating. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brushy Fork Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Gail Stonefield

Gail Y. Stonefield, 63, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Saturday, June 28th, 2014.

She was a dedicated and compassionate persom who loved to make the people around her happy. With her infectious personality, Gail’s smile, love and warmth will forecver live on thorough the eyes and within the hearts of her close friends and family.

She leaves behind, her husband of 39 years, Thomas Stonefield; her son and daughter, Jeff and Leigh Ann Stonefield; her grandchildren, Kendra, Brooklynn, Gavin and Emma; her father, William Rowling; and her two brothers, Bill and Greg Rowling.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, July 2nd, in Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center.

Melissa Joseph

Melissa Sue “Middy” Robinson Joseph, 43, of Stephenville, Texas, formerly of Shepherdsville, Kentucky and Madison, passed away at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19th, 2014, at her home.

She was born June 30th, 1970, in Fort Irwin, California, the loving daughter of Richard and Holly Fay Chase Robinson. She was raised in Madison and attended school there. In school she enjoyed singing in the choir. She was baptized at the Salvation Army in Madison. Missy had resided in Stephenville the past eight years.

She was united in marriage to John H. Joseph.

Missy had worked as the secretary and stocker at L.C. Automotive in Stephenville, Texas. She enjoyed NASCAR, UK basketball, Mickey Mouse, gardening and the outdoors.

Survivors include her husband, John H. Joseph of Stephenville, Texas; her stepchildren, Gauge, Scott and Jessica; her step-grandchihldren, Hunter and Emma Grace; her parents, Richard and Holly Robinson of Commiskey, Indiana; her two sisters, Laura Clark of Madison and Kristy Bowen of Madison; her brother, Richard Robinson, Jr., and wife Anna of Hanover; her maternal grandpa, James Chase of Vevay; her paternal grandmother, Georgia Jewell of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Heather Dawn Robinson on May 6th, 1990; her sister, Brandy Dawn Robinson on December 7th, 1988; her broher-in-law, Donnie Clark; her maternal grandmother, Mary Chase on July 6th, 2013; and her paternal grandfather, Thomas Wirt Robinson in October, 1990.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 2nd, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Pastor Ace Newman officiating. Interment was in Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison. Memorial donations may be made to the Melissa Joseph Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Donna Smith

Donna J. Stewart Smith, 64, passed away Tuesday, June 17th, 2014.

She was born July 6th, 1949, in Madison, to James Delbert and Dorothy Hickman Stewart, who both grew up in Switzerland County. She was a 1967 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. She graduated in 1971 from Indiana University with a degree in retail and a minor in music. In 1971, she was employed by Dayton-Hudson retail stores, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She returned to Indiana, where she worked for Paul Harris, opening more than 15 retail stores. She moved back to Minnesota, and following the birth of her son in 1976 she decided to stay at home.

In 1977, she started teaching piano to young students in the home. She also composed and wrote music. She was the worship leader in a church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In 2000, she moved to Gold Canyon, Arizona. She attended Superstitiion Baptist Church and eventually began playing piano for the worship service. She later became worship leader and administrator at the church. For two weeks in the summer, she would compose music and teach students in New Hampshire at PSU Music Camp. She taught there for eight years. She was also involved in the National Piano Teachers Association. She had been a member at Harvest Community Church for five years.

She is survived by her husband, Roger D. Smith, whom she married in 1975; her son, David Michael Smith; her mother of Florence, Arizona; her sister, Dianna Stewart of Madison; her brother, James Stewart of Florence, Arizona; two grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life service was held Wednesday, June 25th, at Harvest Community Church in Mesa, Arizona. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Donna J. Smith Monster Festival Scholarship, c/o Carleen Graff, 17 High Street, MSC 37, Plymouth State University, Plymohth, NH 03264. Checks should be made payable to PSU, Plymouth State University.

Mariposa Gardens in Mesa, Arizona, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent at www.mariposagardens.com.

Samantha Griffin

Samantha Nicole “Sami” Mowery Griffin, 22, of Hanover, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, from injuries sustained in a car accident at Highway 355 North in Owenton, Kentucky.

She was born June 29th, 1991, in Madison, the loving daughter of James Edward and Theresa Lynn Asher Griffin and Timothy James Mowery. She was raised in Hanover and was a 2010 graduate of Southwestern High School. Sami was employed as a security guard with American Securities at Arvin Sango. She attended the Sulphur Baptist Church and enjoyed being with her son, Mason. She made crafts, enjoyed sewing, gardening, flowers, her yard, camping and being with her family. She was engaged to Fabian Fitzgerald of Worthville.

Survivors include her parents, James Edward and Theresa Lynn Asher Griffin of Hanover; her biological father, Timothy James Mowery of Tulsa, Oklahoma; her fiancé, Fabian Fitzgerald of Worthville, Kentucky; her son, Mason James Fitzgerald of Worthville, Kentucky; maternal grandmother, Jacque N. Asher of North Vernon, Indiana; paternal grandfather, Nick Mowery of Tennessee; two brothers, Brad Mowery of Grand Junction, Colorado, Nathaniel Griffin of Hanover; her sister, Brooke Griffin of Hanover, Indiana; her stepbrother, Mark Griffin and his wife, Cybil of Florence, Kentucky; her stepsister, LeeAnn Imel and her husband, Jason of Madison; her five aunts and uncles, Dorothy Clark and her husband, John of North Vernon, Nora Binney and Steph, Anthony Asher of Caldwell, Texas, Sue Bear and her husband, Mike of Vevay, and Ann Mowery of Toledo, Ohio; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandpa, Durham Asher, on April 23rd, 2013, and her niece, Alesana Mowery

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 1st, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Pastor Michael Fitzgerald officiating. Interment was in Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mason James Fitzgerald Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Fannie Hamilton

Fannie Neva Manville Hamilton, 100, of Madison, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, June 29th, 2014, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born December 18th, 1913, at the family home in Canaan. She was the loving daughter of the late Hugh L. and Cora Risk Manville. She resided all of her life in Jefferson County and was a 1931 graduate of North Madison High School.

Fannie was united in marriage on April 20th, 1940, to Harvey W. Hamilton in Madison.This happy union of 61 years was blessed with one son, Dan

Fannie had worked for eight years as the personal secretary of Mr. Barber at the W.A. Barber Grocery in Madison. She was a devoted wife, loving mom and sister. She was a member of the North United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed gardening, bowling, church activities and was active in the Martha’s Missionary Circle of North United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son, Dan Hamilton and wife Joan of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Harvey W. Hamilton on November 25th, 2001; and her sisters, Dorothy McClure and Helen Leach.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, July 3rd) at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Reverend Dennis Ingle officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Halls Ridge near Canaan..

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. to service time today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to Madison Consolidated High School Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund in care of the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Mary Cyrus

Mary Mildred “Bunkie” Marksberry Cyrus, 62, of Madison, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Monday, June 23rd, 2014, in Madison.

She was born August 23rd, 1951, in Madison, the loving daughter of the late Harlan and Mary Olive Satchwell Marksberry. She resided most of her life in Scott and Jefferson counties. She was a homemaker and mother all of her life. She was of the Christian faith and enjoyed gardening and being with her grandchildren.

She was united in marriage first to Mike McClellan and this union was blessed with three daughters and one son.

She was united in marriage on December 8th, 1988, to Tommy Cyrus in Carrollton, Kentucky. They enjoyed 25 years of marriage together until his death on March 26th, 2014.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Ethel Morris and husband Jason of Madison and Michelle Jean Fox and husband Randy of Indianapolis; her stepdaughters, Connie Cyrus Yount and husband Rodney of Hanover, Patty Leochler and husband Roger of Madison, Peggy Gaitan and husband Robert of Madison; her grandchildren, Kellie McClellan, Aaron Douglas Bebout, Jr., Natalie Ann Jester and Jenna Fox; her three sisters, Martha Lucille Jones of Scottsburg, Mary Gayle Watts and husband Danny Ray of Blocher, Indiana, Maggie Hendrickson and husband Larry of Austin; her two brothers, Daniel Keith Mrksberry of Madison and Harlan David Marksberry and wife Margaret of Scottsburg; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Michael McClellan; and her daughter, Brenda McClellan.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 30th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centrre in Madison. Interment was in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Cyrus Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.