Mary Ellen Hart Jones

Longtime Connersville resident, Mary Ellen Hart Jones, 97, left this earth October 14, 2020. She was born June 3, 1923 in New Castle, Indiana to Howard Wayne and Lola Viola Taylor Hart. After graduating from New Castle High School, she married Robin Hiatt Jones on 24 Sep 1942. A devoted wife and mother, Mary Ellen worked for Farm Bureau Insurance in Connersville from 1963-1971 resigning her position with Farm Bureau when Robin went to work for them as an insurance salesman. Mary Ellen attended the Harrisburg Union Church, was a charter member of Psi Iota sorority, a member of the Culture Club, and was a faithful lady Elk.

Mary Kay Lacy

Mary Kay Lacy, 82, a longtime resident of Spiceland, passed away Monday, October 19, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born September 3, 1938 in New Castle, the daughter of Roscoe and Pervia (Zimmerman) Davis. Mary Kay was a high school graduate of Mays High School and a lifelong member of Center Christian Church. Growing up she participated in 4-H and then helped her children in 4-H.

Sharon K. Fallon

Sharon K. Fallon, 77, of Straughn passed away Monday, October 19, 2020. She was born April 30, 1943 in Kennard to the late Jesse Donald and Ruth (Olden) Hagerman. She graduated in 1961 from New Castle Chrysler High School. Sharon work at Indiana Bell/AT&T for 25 years and retired at the age of 50. She was a very good friend to many always caring and compassionate.

Hazel Abney Vanzant

Hazel Abney Vanzant, 93, of New Paris, Ohio, and formerly of Mount Vernon, Kentucky, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on October 18, 2020, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana with her children by her side. Hazel was born December 7, 1926, in Flint, Michigan to the late Ernest T. Abney and Pearl (Laswell) Abney Gullett. She married the love of her life, Ernest Boyd Vanzant in 1950, and together they moved to New Paris. Hazel attended Eastern Kentucky University and finished her bachelor’s degree at Miami University. She taught in one-room schools in Kentucky early in her career before teaching for several years at C.R. Coblentz Elementary in New Paris.

Ruth Ellen Railsback

Ruth Ellen Railsback, 96, of Richmond, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 16, at Ambassador Healthcare in Centerville. She was born on June 17, 1924 in Richmond, Indiana to Emmett & Marie Kidwell Faucett. She was a 1942 graduate of Richmond High School. She married John S. Railsback on March 23, 1953. They were blessed with 5 sons and 58 years of marriage before his death on December 31, 2011.

Richard M. Clay

Richard M. Clay, age 90, of Warsaw, Indiana passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 1:20 PM in Goshen Hospital. He was born on July 28, 1930 in Richmond, Indiana to Lawrence and Marie (Sparks) Clay. He was raised in Richmond, Indiana then moved to Greenville, Ohio before moving to the Warsaw area in 1954. His first marriage was to K. Kay Shepherd in 1950, whom preceded Richard in 1967. He was then united in marriage to Anna Henwood-Hill on August 20, 1969 at First Brethren Church, Pierceton, Indiana.

Patricia Ann “Patty” Wright Young

Patricia Ann “Patty” Wright Young, age 76, of Richmond, Indiana, died Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Born July 13, 1944, in San Diego, California, to Gerald Ray and Margaret Ann Harrington Wright, Patty lived in Richmond most of her life. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1962, attended Our Lady of Cincinnati, and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While raising her seven children, Patty taught at Seton Catholic Schools in Richmond, retiring after 25 years. She loved teaching and connecting with her students.

Gertrude Faye Newton

Gertrude Faye Newton, age 91 of Richmond passed away peacefully Sunday evening, October 18, 2020, October 18, 2020. She was born in Lee County, Kentucky on March 28, 1929, to the late James and Carrie Matthews. Gertrude was preceded in death by her two sisters, Ruth Moore and Lucy Bowman; two daughters, Sylvia Newton and Karen Newton; son-in-law, Scott McWhorter, and one grandson, Joseph McWhorter. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend who enjoyed watching reruns of Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza, and listening to gospel music. Gertrude is survived by her two daughters, Dorothy McWhorter, Lavonda (Marvin Sr.) Sands; three sons, Roger Newton, Melvin Newton and Alvin (Shann) Newton; six grandchildren, Melvin (Julie) Sands, Marvin (Sarah) Sands Jr., Theresa McWhorter, Karen McWhorter, Brandi (Gabriel) Riley Velazquez, and Yvonne (Rick) Moore; twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Cynthia Marie “Cindy” Henson

Cynthia Marie “Cindy” Henson, 62, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Milton on Thursday afternoon October 15, 2020. Cindy was born in California on August 8, 1958. She was raised in California and graduated from Westminster High School and attended Golden West College in California. She moved to the Western Wayne community in May of 1988 and has made her home in Milton since 2001. Cindy had a strong work ethic which she instilled in her children and grandchildren.