Shirley is survived by her beloved son, Mark A. Collins; siblings: Patsy Ann Cummings, Lawrence Junior Collins and Johnny Leon Cole; grandchildren, Logan Anthony Collins and Victoria Paige Harrell Collins; great grandchild, Anthony Michael Harrell; ex-daughter-in-law, Crystal Collins; and many other loving family members and dear friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to Newcomer Funeral Home, 925 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227.
You may reach her family via call or text at 317-778-7979.
She passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at Franciscan Health Hospital. She joins in death with her siblings TJ (Mary) Lyles, Raymond Wesley (Patti) Lyles, Chester Ray Lyles, Willie Joe (Betty) Lyles, Danny Lee Lyle, and Joyce Dean Meador. She is survived by sister Annie Mae Lyles of Bradenton, Florida and sisters-in-law Era Mae Lyles and Virginia Ann Lyles, of Westmoreland, Tennessee.
Myrtle married the late James Everett Meador on October 20, 1956, and they made their home in Indianapolis, Indiana where they raised their children. Roy Dean (Deb) Carver of New Whiteland, Indiana, Linda Gail (Conan) Gill of Nashville, Indiana, Timmie Ray Meador of Indianapolis, Indiana, Edward Randall Meador, deceased and Margaret Meador, deceased.
Together they loved and shared 10 Grandchildren, Roy (Julia) Carver, Jr., Brian Carver, Stacie (Humberto) Rosero, Jason (Elizabeth) Meador, Jeff Hoskins, Trina Likens (deceased), Melonie Charlotte, Lisa Robinson, Crystal Burge, Michelle (Matthew) Halcomb. 19 Great-Grandchildren and 17 Great Great-Grandchildren.
A celebration of Life was held on Aug. 16, followed by burial at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood, Indiana.
In a world of innocence, a radiant ray,
An 11-year-old sunshine girl, brightening each day,
Fighting DIPG, a battle so tough,
With courage unwavering, she showed more than enough.
For four long years, she faced the storm,
With a spirit so joyful, her heart so warm,
Through hospital stays and endless trials,
Her strength and her laughter spanned countless miles.
Her name was a melody, a song of delight,
A lantern of hope, a comforting light,
Addison called them the 4-pack, a family so strong,
In love’s embrace, they all did belong.
She spread her sunshine, to friends and to all,
Her smile infectious, like a comforting shawl,
In school halls and playgrounds, her presence would gleam,
A reminder of courage, a vibrant dream.
Though DIPG was a challenge, she showed no fear,
In the face of adversity, she held her cheer,
Now she rests in heaven, her journey complete,
Leaving behind memories, oh so sweet.
A brave little warrior, now free from the pain,
In hearts she’ll forever remain,
A sunshine girl, her legacy true,
In the love that surrounds, and the skies so blue.
She left this world but not without giving us one last gift. She so bravely donated her brain and spine for further research to help be part of finding the cure for this deathly disease. Please help us continue Addison’s fight by donating in her honor to:
The Cure Starts Now,
10280 Chester Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45215
She is survived by her parents Anthony and Heidi (Priola) Varns along with her best friend and older sister, Aubrey Varns; Grandparents, Bradley and Karen (Turk) Beers, Kevin and Lynda (Roller) Capps, Bryan Varns. She was also surrounded and loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins, family, friends and the best community that one could ever dream of.
Public viewing followed by a Celebration of Life was held Aug. 18 at Stones Crossing Church, 7000 W Stones Crossing Rd., Greenwood, IN.
She wore so many hats: mom, granny, aunty C, friend and many more. And, just know, all those hats were flashy. She loved fun and travel, music and dancing. She loved her euchre club friends, who have been playing together since 1963, with four original members still getting together. She was our star hostess at holidays and poolside each summer. Known for her perfect manicure, impeccable style and doing more for others than seemed possible to fit into a single lifetime, there is no sentiment large enough to honor Carolyn Jo. Many knew her from her years working at Tucker State Pharmacy.
She is survived by her children, Tracee (Tony) Matracia, Todd Humes and Suzanne (Kim) Michaels; grandchildren, Jessee (Mike) Angel, Jackie Matracia, Gus Matracia, Brittany Humes, Bethany Smith and Alyse (Greg) Burks; 8 great grandchildren; brother, Charles E. Taylor.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry B. Williams; and granddaughter, Lily Burl.
Services were held on Aug. 21 at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home. She was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Perry Township Schools, for student services, school supplies, or student lunches, Att: Beth Meyers, 6548 Orinoco Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227. www.ptef.org
He enjoyed cooking, fishing, camping, video gaming with the guys, watching Green Bay Packers, spending time with family and friends, hanging with his best friend, Bob (family cat).
G. H. Herrmann Funeral Home handled arrangements.
MARK EDWIN BUNNY, 69, wife, Karen Bunny; daughters, Caroline and Laura Bunny; siblings, Camille Svihlik (Charles), Phillip (Stephanie) and Stephen Bunny (Heather).
Mark was an avid sports fan and loved golfing and football. He enjoyed listening to his brothers play music, both of which were in several bands.
Mark was loved by many and will be missed by all, but he is finally at peace and healthy with his best companion, Jack greeting him at Heaven’s gates.
Arrangements entrusted to Little & Sons Funeral Home.
SHIRLEY ANNE O’HAIR CHERRY, 85, husband, Travice Cherry; children, Michael, Daniel, David Cherry (Amy), Brenda McGovern (Gary); nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Beech Grove. Shirley was a Nurse Practitioner and worked at St. Francis Hospital for 40 years.
Little & Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements.
ANTHONY WILLIAM JUDKINS, 60, parents, William and Carol Judkins; sons, Michael, Mitchell, and Matthew Luzar; brothers, Tim and Terry Judkins; four grandchildren.
Anthony enjoyed being outdoors, canoeing, biking, and roller skating. He loved spending time with his family.
Indiana Funeral Care handled arrangements.
CAREY ANNE MICK KENDALL, 44, husband, Anthoney “Andy” Kendall; father, Michael Mick; mother, Leanne (John) Smith; children, Drew (Elyscia) and Owen Kendall; siblings, Emily, Amy, Lisa, Michael Mick II, Erica (Jared) Nuetzman; three grandchildren.
She was the payroll and billing manager for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Carey liked to work out and take spin classes. She was known for raising money for cancer with her friends from Studio 317 Fitness by getting people to sponsor her as she rode for cancer. Her legacy will always be her family.
Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Services were entrusted with arrangements.
MARY ELLEN SCHANTZ, 82, widow of George Schantz; children, George (Michelle) Schantz, Suzanne (Brian) Engleman; five grandchildren.
Mary Ellen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Some of her favorite memories were made with her children and grandchildren. Family vacations, birthday celebrations, and sporting events were some of her favorite times.
Arrangements entrusted to G.H. Herrmann Funeral Home.
THOMAS E. SHINE, 69, wife, Merlin Shine; children, Dan (Stacee) Church Jr. and Brittany (Ryan) Clark; two grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; siblings, Daniel (Karen), Mike, Donnie (Ginnie), and Bill (Maureen) Shine, Debbie (Duane) Huffines.
Tom graduated from Southport High School. He worked as a Video Coordinator for Fed-Ex for over 30 years.
Tom enjoyed helping others and was a self-made handyman. He could fix anything around the house. His work ethic was unmatched. He enjoyed riding his Gold Wing motorcycle. He enjoyed playing piano and drums.
Tom’s life was celebrated at O’Riley Branson Funeral Service.
DAVID THOMPSON, 65, wife, Zillah Thompson; children, Maria Williams (Kelly), Heidie Ridner (Pig); five grandchildren; siblings, Mickey Thompson, Billy Patton, Cathy Byrne (David), Annette Dalton (Tom); nine great-grandchildren.
He was a member of United Steel Workers Union. He enjoyed motorcycle rides and watching football.
G. H. Herrmann Funeral Home handled arrangements.
JOYCE CAROLINE WASSON, 81, widow of Michael Wasson; children, Robin Catellier (Dave), Tony and Michael Schofield; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Joyce was a graduate of Beech Grove High School and worked as a selector for Western Electric/Lucent for 15 years.
She was an avid Colts fan and collected owls. Joyce loved to travel and shop and listen to music along the way. She had a heart of gold. She volunteered at the Special Olympics and was a dog lover.
Shirley Brothers Chapel handled arrangements.
SONDRA ELLEN WILSON WOODCOCK, 79, husband, Robert “Bob” Woodcock; sons, Douglas, Bryan, Kevan (Sha); six grandchildren; sister, Jeannette (Joe) Kriech; dog, Sofee.
She was a 1962 graduate of Harry Wood High School. She retired from St. Francis Hospital, Beech Grove.
She enjoyed spending her retirement with her husband traveling, crafting, gardening and loved to take walks. Her passion was spending time with her boys.
G. H. Herrmann Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.