Obituaries for the week of 10/13/2005


Mary Willis

Mary Elizabeth Willis, 93, of Florence, passed away Monday, October 10th, at Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehab Center in Vevay.

She was born December 21st, 1911, in Markland, the daughter of William Henry and Louise (Beckman) Brameier. She was a 1930 graduate of Vevay High School and had resided nearly all of her life in Switzerland County and in Florence since 1936.

She was united in marriage on January 17th, 1938, in Prestonville, Kentucky, to William Enoch “Buck” Willis. Unto this union one son, Timothy Wayne, arrived to bless their home.

She was employed as a receptionist with Dr. J. C. Sieglitz, Optometrist for 20 years. She was a former employee of Schenley Distillery and Joseph E. Seagram and Sons Distillers, both in Lawrenceburg. She was a devoted wife, mother and sister. She was a member of Florence Church of Christ in Florence.

Survivors include her son, Timothy W. Willis of Florence; her twin sister, Ruth Schwade of Vevay; her grandson, Jessie Wayne Willis; her niece, Jean Tinker of East Enterprise; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Enoch “Buck” Willis on May 4th, 1956; and her brother, Walter Brameier in November, 1911.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Florence Church of Christ. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Rev. Donald Padgett

Reverend Donald Ray Padgett, 74, of New Hope Road, near Rising Sun, passed away Monday, October 10th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born April 11th, 1931, in Knox County, Indiana, the son of Oscar and Laura (Mowery) Padgett. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Vincennes in 1949 and held a master’s degree. He was a teacher for the Switzerland County School Corporation, retiring in 1995. Having taught for 21 years, he also taught in Knightstown, Greenfield, and Vicknell, all in Indiana. He was in the ministry for 34 years in Cates, Lawrenceburg, and Knightstown, Indiana and for 18 1/2 years at the Church of the Nazarene in Rising Sun. He was a member of the Dearborn County F.A.R.M. Club.

On August 1st, 1953, he married Clara Jean Boyles, who survives.

Other survivors include his son, Michael Padgett and wife Konna of Rising Sun; his daughters, Cathy Slack and husband Stan of Rising Sun and Susan Taylor and husband Myron of Anderson, Indiana; his brother, Oscar Padgett and wife Jerrie Lou of Broaddus, Texas; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Paul Dewayne Padgett in 1983; and his sister, Wilma Janet Strate.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. (slow time) Friday, October 14th, by Reverend Ken Sears at the Church of the Nazarene in Rising Sun. Burial will be in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Friends may call at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun from 4-7 p.m. (slow time) today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to Nazarene Missions International Society or Books for Pastors in Mission Fields.