Obituaries week of 9-10-09


Velma Scudder-Smith

Velma (Peelman) Scudder-Smith, 97, of Vevay, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born January 4th, 1912, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Jacob and Annie (Long) Peelman, who both preceded her in death. She resided in Switzerland County all of her life and most of her married life in the Fairview community.

She was united in marriage to Churchill Scudder on May 28th, 1932, in Switzerland County. Unto this union a son and three daughters arrived to bless their home. He passed away October 4th, 1968. On March 2nd, 1993, she was united in marriage to Parker Smith in Warsaw, Kentucky. He passed away on April 13th, 2000.

She spent her early life babysitting for her grandchildren and her neighbor’s children and she enjoyed this very much. She also enjoyed spending time at the Butler’s Grocery in Fairview. She loved to talk and she never met a stranger. If you went to Velma’s home to visit, you never left without something, even if it was only a pack of chewing gum. She would attend church at Fairview Baptist Church with Myrtle Butler or Betty Jo Smith, whom she thought highly of. She was baptized January 21st, 2005, by Reverend Charles Dayadharum at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Survivors include her daughters, Doris Chase and husband Paul of Florence, Pansy Covington and husband Donnie of East Enterprise and Daisy Swanson and husband Buddy of Bennington; her grandchildren, Debbie Van and husband Bud of East Enterprise, Connie Jo Thies and husband Bruce of Florence, Gene Ray Scudder and wife Devonne of Florence, Harlan Dale Scudder and wife Shandra of Vevay, Sherry Wainscott and husband Rick of Moorefield, Randy Scudder and wife Peggy of Vevay, Monte Scudder of Florence, Joe Covington and wife Barbara of East Enterprise, Mark Covington and wife Rosie of East Enterprise, Brian Covington and wife Carol of East Enterprise, Dana Swanson and wife Dara of Bennington, and Darren Swanson of Madison; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several step-children, step-grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special niece Carol Ann Sublett of Vevay.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Harland “Jack” Scudder; her brothers, Mike, Norman, Dan and Warren Peelman; her sister, Sylvia Gibbons; her grandson, Don Michael Covington.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ronald Sandidge Saturday, September 5th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bennington United Methodist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Fern Seegers

Fern Elizabeth (Jackson) Seegers, 88, of Vevay, passed away a t 12:58 p.m. Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009, at Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Kentucky.

She was born March 22nd, 1921, in Homer, Indiana, the daughter of Walter Scott and Leona Belle (Ennis) Jackson, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Jackson County, Indiana where she attended school.

She was united in marriage on June 25th, 1940, in Seymour, Indiana, to Eldo Alfred Seegers. Unto this union three daughters arrived to bless their home.

She has resided in Seymour for 18 years when she moved to Milton, Kentucky, in 1964. She had been a resident of Vevay since 1997. She owned and operated the Milton Dairy Queen in Milton, Kentucky, from 1961-1971. She was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter #134 in Seymour and Marion Baptist Church in Jennings County.

Survivors include her daughters, Sally Ann Layman and companion Bob Pratt of Pasadena, Texas, Phyllis Jane Daugherty and husband Don of La Porte, Texas, and Martha Jean Robbins Lusby and husband Bob of Brownstown, Indiana, formerly of Vevay; her granddaughter, Amanda Elizabeth (Deveary) White and husband Doug of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eldo Alfred Seegers on October 30th, 1997; her brother, Willard Earl Jackson; and her sisters, Frances Ann Berry, Dortha Carpenter and Viola Mae Trapp.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Rick Daugherty Sunday, September 6th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Commiskey, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery or the George A. Robbins Memorial Fund, in care of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Mabel C. Evans

Mabel C. Evans, 95, of Versailles, passed way Friday, September 4th, 2009 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood.

She was born in Quercus Grove in Switzerland County on August 10th, 1914, the daughter of Albert and Ida (Long) Keith. She was a 1932 graduate of Patriot High School where she played on the girls basketball team. She worked with her husband at the Evans and Evans filling station and restaurant in Versailles and had also worked as a cook at South Ripley High School. She was a 69-year member of the Versailles Baptist Church where she founded and worked with the children’s choir for several years. She also enjoyed gardening, working in her yard and fishing.

She was married to Ralph “Whit” Evans on January 8th, 1938, and he preceded her in death on October 19th, 1978.

Survivors include his sons, Pastor Ronald Evans and wife Norma Jean of Seymour and James Evans and wife Arlene of Versailles; seven grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Wilford, Fenton, Raymond and Melvin Keith; and her sisters, Pearl Robinson, Gertrude Paxton, Hilda Wheeler, Ruth McComb and Esther Kelly.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 8th, by Reverends Mark Walker and Mike Sawalich at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Olean. Memorials may be given to the Gideons or to the cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Lorraine M. Spillman

Lorraine M. Spillman, 81, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, September 5th, 20098, at her residence in Greensburg.

She was born January 16th, 1928, in Greensburg, the daughter of Charles F. and Bessie M. (Robbins) Hood, who both preceded her in death. She graduated from Greensburg High School. She was secretary and bookkeeper for Spillman Brothers Construction. Prior to that she was a secretary for Camp Atterbury and also a secretary fir Capital Building in Indianapolis.

She was married to James Thomas Spillman on November 26th, 1949, and he preceded her in death on February 7th, 2007.

She is survived by her daughters, Sue Magargel of Forest Hill, Sara Hankins of Hartsville; her brothers, James L. Hood of Greensburg and Leland E. Hood of New Castle; her sister, Dorothy Foster of Greensburg; her grandchildren, David Magargel and wife Jaime, Michelle DeBoard, Elaine Breeck, Jim Hankins and wife Jodi, and Paul Hankins and wife Lesa; five great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Lloyd E. Hood, Charles R. Hood and Scott Hood; her sisters, Margaret Bills and Sally Holbrook; and her great-grandson, Alexander Hankins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 9th, at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg with Reverend Mark Walker officiating. Interment will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Decatur County. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Decatur County, 1201 N. Lincoln St., Suite A, Greensburg, IN 47240, Online condolences can be made to the family at