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INDIANAPOLIS - Mary H. (Castle) Walthall, 98, a longtime resident of Robin Run in Indianapolis and formerly of Quaker, Ind., passed away at 9:15 a.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital in Carmel, Ind.
She was born Sept. 21, 1918, in Ridge Farm, Ill., the daughter of the late George and Ruth (Fletcher) Castle.
She married William "Bill" Walthall on April 29, 1939, at Ridge Farm Friends Meeting in Ridge Farm. He preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 1995.
Survivors include her children, Jane (Larry) Beane of Huntington, Mass., John (Dianne) Walthall of Carmel, Ind., and Shirley (John) Fanucchi of Arvada, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Gwen (Keith) Heaton of Roseville, Ill.
Mary was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Kay Ruth; three sisters; and two brothers.
Mary worked as a secretary for many companies at the former Newport Army Ammunition Plant.
She was a member of Hopewell Friends Meeting in Quaker, Ind., where she played the piano and organ for 40-plus years. She also was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the U.S.F.W. (Quaker Women's). Mary was a 1936 graduate of Ridge Farm High School. She was very active in the Home Economics Club in Vermillion County and later in Marion County, where she served as president (former). Mary enjoyed reading, especially the Bible, collecting napkins, keeping current on news and her favorite sports teams, and being a good hostess, providing snacks and making sure her company was comfortable at her home. Mary and many of her family members would travel together and were fondly called the "Joy Gang."
Funeral services: 11 a.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 7, at Hopewell Friends Meeting in Quaker, Ind. (rural Dana); Visitation: 5-7 p.m. EST Friday, Jan. 6, at DeVerter Funeral Home in Cayuga, Ind., and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Burial: Hopewell Cemetery in Quaker, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, C/O Carrol Sprouls, 911 W. Ferry St., Cayuga, Ind. 47928 or to Hopewell Friends Meeting. Condolences: www.deverterfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 2, 2017
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