Obituaries week of 01-03-08


Neida J. Rogers

Neida J. Gardner Rogers, 81, of Canaan, passed away Tuesday, January 1st, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Morgan Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Barbara Moore

Barbara Ann Moore, 70, of Kentonvale, Kentucky, and near Markland, passed away Monday, December 24th, at St. Elizabeth South Hospital in Edgewood, Kentucky.

She was born September 2nd, 1937, in Covington, Kentucky. She was a distribution representative for American Advertising.

Survivors include her husband, James W. Moore, of Kentonvale; her daughter, Kelley Lee Walker of Kentonvale; her son, Scott Todd Moore of Independence, Kentucky; five grandchildren; her brothers, Kenneth Waters of Iowa and Thomas Waters of Edgewood, Kentucky; her stepbrothers, Michael Lundrigan of Cincinnati, Ohio and Maurice Lundrigan of Louisville, Kentucky; her sister, Maureen Wranick of Hawaii; and her stepmother, Mary Points of Taylor Mill, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 28th, at Middendorf Funeral Home in Ft. Wright, Kentucky. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Koeman Breast Cancer Research or Hospice Care of St. Elizabeth Hospital, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Helen O’Connor

Helen Marie O’Connor passed from this life on December 16th. She died from complications of old age at Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs, California at the age of 87.

She was born the first of two daughters to Hank and Gladys Moreillon in Fairview, Indiana on September 23rd, 1920. She was raised on their farm in southern Indiana, near a little town called Vevay. There she learned the hard life of farming and received her early education in a one-room schoolhouse. After graduation from high school, where she excelled in academics and basketball, she went off to Cincinnati University and earned her degree in nursing.

From there she was commissioned a Navy Nurse and served in that capacity during World War II, achieving the rank of Lieutenant J.G. On December 10th, 1945 she married Thomas J. O’Connor, a Marine aviator whom she met while stationed at Miramar Naval Air Station near San Diego. They were married in Laguna Beach. Helen left the Navy to raise a family.

For the next 26 years she raised her six children, moving often from coast to coast with her husband and the Marine Corps. They ended up stationed in Twentynine Palms in August, 1962. Helen’s first impression of the area was not a good one, but she soon fell in love with her desert surroundings. After Tom returned from a tour in Vietnam in 1966, they moved to San Diego. Helen went back to work doing what she loved, nursing. She re-certified as an RN and worked the night shift at St. Jude Hospital in Orange County. Then she worked at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where she became the Night Supervisor.

In 1981, she and Tom retired and moved back to the place they loved, Twentynine Palms where they built their retirement home. Helen stayed busy with the retired officers’ wives club aboard the base and she and Tom volunteered much of their time with the local Work Activity Center for the retarded and mentally disabled adults where their youngest daughter Siobhan worked. They were also very active members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

In 1992, Tom died after suffering from kidney cancer. Ever the nurse, Helen had taken care of Tom in his last years, and then Siobhan who lived with her. In her last two years the role reversed as Siobhan helped to care for her dear mother as her health started to fail. She died peacefully in her sleep in the comfort of her entire family at her bedside. Helen loved caring for others, travel, theater, and being with her family and friends.

She leaves her sister Hazel Ballard of Indianapolis; her children, Bryan of Alexandria, Virginia, Michael of Buckeye, Arizona, Tim of Twentynine Palms, Anita of Yorba Linda, California, Barry of Morongo Valley, California, and Siobhan of Twentynine Palms; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was conducted at Blessed Sacrament Church in Twentynine Palms on Friday, December 21st. Helen was buried next to her husband at the Riverside National Veterans Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made payable to Hi-Desert Industries (a non-profit vocational training center for disabled adults) at 58923 Business Center Drive, Suite B, Yucca Valley, CA  92284.


Ivan D. Allen

Ivan D. Allen, 93, of Versailles, formerly of Vevay, passed away Monday, December 24th, at Major Hospital in Shelbyville.

He was born June 21st, 1914, in Switzerland County, the son of David Jackson and Bess Lucy (Bliss) Allen, who both preceded him in death. He farmed for several years and co-owned and operated with his wife Ohio Valley Lanes in Vevay from 1961-1966, and Country Bait House in Versailles from 1972-1989. He worked at Ross’s 421 Supermarket in Shelbyville from 1955-1961. He was a member of Center Square Church of Christ.

On June 25th, 1938, in Lawrenceburg, he married Doris L. Turner, who died on August 25th, 1999.

Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn Scott and husband Larry D. of Shelbyville, Vickie Coy and husband Steven of Shelbyville, and Tammy Moore of Versailles; his son, Richard “Jack” Stonebraker and wife Joyce of Big Canoe, Georgia; his grandchildren, Mark, Gina, Jonathan, Mindy, Travis, Ashley, Derek, Jennifer, Danny, Kari, Kristi, Amy, Leah and Jill; his great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Kelly, Blayre, Devon, Katie, Collin, Kylee, Ryan, Mackenzie, Coleman, Ellie, Joshua, Ryan, Alisha, Erin, Ethan, Kohl, Brayden and Lane; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his son, David Douglas Allen on May 13th, 1994; and his sisters, Lelia Pratt and Evelina “Hap” Hatch.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29th, by Reverend William Horner at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, December 28th, from 5-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Willana Jo Popp

Willana Jo “Billie Jo” Ball Popp, 67, of Madison, passed away Saturday, December 29th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born June 8th, 1940, in Walton, Kentucky, the daughter of William and Hattie Huffman Ball, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Carrollton, Kentucky, and moved to Jefferson County at the age of 19. She was a homemaker and mother for most of her life. She worked earlier for the Bonnie Belle Restaurant in downtown Madison for five years. She had been a member of the Madison Wal-Mart family since August 8th, 1996, until her death. She w as diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003 and fought a courageous battle with the disease. She was a member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church. She enjoyed shopping, reading and watching the Kentucky Wildcats basketball.

Survivors include her daughters, Sandi Edwards and husband Steve of Madison and Tracie Pedraza and husband John L. Hayes, Sr., of Vevay, Angela Pedraza Jones and husband Steven, Sr., of Madison; her sons, Richard Popp of Micco, Florida and Steven Taylor and wife Rhonda of Clarksville, Tennessee; her sisters, Bettie Pearl Owens of Newport, Kentucky, Olive Rae Vanausdal of Connersville, and Nellie Hayden of Port Royal, Kentucky; her brother, Harry Douglas Ball of Carrollton, Kentucky; her grandchildren, Chitty Taylor, Stephanie Taylor, Sara Beth Heiner, Schuyler Edwards, Kamilah Perry, Steven Jones, Jr., Chance Grubbs, Courtney Pedraza, Trisston Hayes, Douglas Pedraza, and John Hayes, Jr.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lyndon Wesley Popp; her son, Douglas Dean Taylor in August, 1963; her sisters, Hattie Evelyn Ball and Edna Rose Ball; and her brothers, Michael Edward Ball, Roger Carroll Ball, Gerald David Ball, Donald Thomas Ball and Lloyd Richard Ball.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, January 3rd) at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Paint Lick Cemetery in Gallatin County, Kentucky. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until service time today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Harold E. Copeland

Harold E. “Brownie” Copeland, 73, of Madison, passed away Friday, December 28th, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

He was born December 3rd, 1934, in Jefferson County, the son of John and Catherine Thieman Copeland, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Jefferson County, residing there all of his life. He was a 1952 graduate of North Madison High School. He was inducted into the National Guard of Indiana and the U.S. Army on January 20th, 1953, rising to the rank of Specialist Four serving Battery C of the 524th FA Battalion during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on January 19th, 1956, and remained in the reserves until he was discharged on January 1st, 1961.

He was united in marriage on June 4th, 1954, at the Kent Christian Church Parsonage to Patricia A. Webster. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home.

He was employed for 39 years and 10 months with the Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation, retiring on January 1st, 1995 as a shift engineer. He enjoyed farming all of his life as well as raising a large garden. He also worked several years for Risk Body Shop and Standerford Ford and had driven an oil truck for Stanley Olmsted’s Sinclair Station. He was a faithful member of Kent Christian Church and had served as a deacon. He enjoyed membership in the National Rifle Association and the Jefferson County Humane Society. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and trap shooting. He also enjoyed his faithful and trusted dog “Buffy.”

Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 31st, by Dr. Danny Gabbard at Kent Christian Church in Kent. Interment was in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison with full military honors conducted at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Sarah E. Lowery

Sarah E. Lowery, 86, of Rising Sun, passed away Tuesday, January 1st, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

She was born June 7th, 1921, in Liberty, Kentucky, the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Celeste Tony (Williams) Cain. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her son, Eddie Wayne Lowery of Lexington, Kentucky; her daughters, Polly A. Watson of Rising Sun, Norma L. Bowling of Newport, Kentucky, Evelyn Delaney of Batavis, Ohio, Elizabeth Jewell of Florence, Kentucky, and Sandy Hickman of Leavenworth, Kansas; and several grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Lowery and Elden Roy; and her daughters, Anna Jean Cain and Mary K. Cain.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Richard Grubb at 1 p.m. Friday, January 4th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.