Marcella Ruth Bateman, Virginia J. Jacobs, Dennis B. Sparks

Marcella Ruth Bateman

Marcella Ruth (Simpson) Bateman, 97, of Indianapolis, went home to be with Jesus on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1922 to Lester and Elizabeth (Harmon) Simpson in Chippewa Lake, Ohio. At Asbury College, she graduated with a degree in education. Marcella was married to Rev. Donald E. Bateman for 63 wonderful years. Together, they faithfully served for nearly 40 years in the Wabash Conference of the Free Methodist Church.

She will be deeply missed by her children Frank Bateman and his wife, Esther, Marcia Nilsen, and Jan Marshall and her husband, Rick; her seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sister, Frances Stampfle Snyder; and her son-in-law, Phil Hand.

Marcella was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Jean Hand; a son-in-law, Bill Nilsen; and two brothers. 

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Flanner Buchanan-Speedway. A celebration of life will be 11 a.m. on Thursday at West Morris St. Free Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to International Child Care Ministries, 770 N. High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214.

Virginia J. Jacobs

Virginia J. Jacobs, 83, of Vincennes, passed away on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at Good Samaritan Hospital with family at her side.

Virginia was born on March 21, 1936 in Oaktown. She was the daughter of Hubert Leland and Helen Ester (Weaver) Snapp. Virginia and John F. Jacobs raised three children together. Virginia retired from Huck’s in 1997 after 28 years in management and was a member of the Mariah Creek Christian Church.

Virginia is survived by three children, Brian Jacobs and his wife, Jamie, Teresa Hartzburg and her husband, Mike, and Kevin Jacobs and his wife, Melinda; her grandchildren, Zachary Jacobs and his wife, Stephanie, Michael Jacobs and his wife, Olivia, Grace Mulkey, Stephanie Robarge, Samuel Robarge and his wife, Jennifer, Chris Jacobs, Charlie Jacobs and his wife, Sandra, Caleb Jacobs, and Corey Jacobs; 11 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Leland Snapp and his wife, Pat.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Violet Jean Early and Jane Hubbard; and her brother, Jerry Snapp. 

There will be no services per her request.  Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice.

Dennis B. Sparks

Dennis B. Sparks, 56 of Oxnard, California, died on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.

Dennis was born on Dec. 26, 1962 to Dewey and Janice Sparks in Connersville. A Butler University graduate, Dennis was a professional horse trainer and rider.

Surviving are his mother and step-father, Janice and Marvin Richter, of Edwardsport; his brothers, Douglas Sparks of Connersville, Darron Sparks of Anderson, and David Sparks of Greenwood.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Dewey. 

Private graveside services will be held at the Bethel Church Cemetery near Freelandville on Friday. Condolences may be sent to his mother at 16016 E. Farmstead Road, Edwardsport, IN, 47528, and love gifts to Bethel Church Women’s Guild, 13673 E. Ind. 58, Edwardsport. IN, 47528.


Ray, Mary Lou, died Sept. 27. Services: 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2004 N. Second St. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials: American Diabetes Association at 8604 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Condolences:


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