Beverly Axson, Lawrence DeLisle, Mary Ann Nomady, James C. Rice, Stephen Malone Wills

Beverly Axson

Beverly (Morning) Axson, 78, of Cerritos, California, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at her home surrounded by family.

Bev was born on Aug. 30, 1940 in Vincennes to Mary Catherine “Kate” Morning and Curtis E. Morning. Bev moved to Florida in 1984 and married Charles Axson. She retired from Mima Healthcare and moved to Cerritos in 2007. Bev was very talented when it came to anything crafty and enjoyed making gifts for family and friends. She was also an amazing cook.

Survivors include her daughter, Cathy “Shelly” Davison and her husband, Al; a son, Bradlee Bray Axson and his wife, Lisa; a step-daughter, Michelle Meyer and her husband, Jim, of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Cheryl Russell of Zachary, Louisiana, Catherine Fox of Palm Bay, Florida, and Mary Ellen Like of Melbourne, Florida; a brother, Curtis Joe Morning of Melbourne; and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Curt and Kate Morning; her husband, Charles "Chuck" Axson; and her sister, Janet (Morning) Reilly of Melbourne.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. on June 3 at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge, Florida.

Lawrence DeLisle

Lawrence “Gene” DeLisle, 89, of Oaktown, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Oak Village Nursing Center.

Gene was born on Jan. 1, 1930 in Hammond, the son of Lawrence A. and Pansey Kennedy DeLisle. After graduation from high school, Gene was called to serve his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. Gene was a farmer and rural mail carrier for 31 years. He was a member of St. Vincent Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, American Legion, VFW, Knights of Columbus, Elks, Odd Fellows, 40 et 8 and The Harmony Society. He married Shirley Mae Lamb on July 8, 1952 and they made their life together for nearly 67 years.

Gene is survived by his wife, Shirley DeLisle; their children, Kim Couch and her husband, Jeff, of Trenton, Florida, Toni Marie Garzolini and her husband, Robert, of St. Mary of the Woods, and Tracy Gene DeLisle of Oaktown. He was blessed by four grandchildren, Laci Foley and her husband, Joey, Brandon DeLisle and his wife, Jessica, Mario Garzolini and his wife, Shay, and Talia Garzolini. He is also survived by his great grandchildren, Inora Garzolini, Serena Garzolini, Gavin Foley, Ivy Foley, Khalessi Foley, Sawyer Foley, Lilly Foley, Jude Mulkey and Wren DeLisle; three nephews and a niece.

Gene was preceded in death by a daughter, Kelly DeLisle; his parents, Lawrence A. and Pansey DeLisle; and a sister, Barbara M. Cardinal.

Funeral services will be celebrated at 1 p.m. today at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St., with Father Donald Ackerman officiating. He will be laid to rest next to his daughter in the St. Vincent Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart to Heart Hospice or the Vincennes Animal Shelter. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist the DeLisle family during their time of loss.

Mary Ann Nomady

Mary Ann (Arganbright) Nomady, 86, of Spencer, passed away peacefully at her home on the morning of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

She was born in Richhill, Missouri, on June 29, 1932, the daughter of William Earl and Mable Sue (Weddington) Arganbright, who preceded her in death. Her husband of 53 years, Dr. Vern Gilbert Nomady, a Naval Academy graduate, Class of 1953, who received his master's degree from Carnegie Mellon and doctorate from Catholic University, preceded her as well.

Mary Ann was an only child. She graduated from DePauw University with a bachelor's degree in music. She was a wonderful pianist, organist and choir director. She played at the Naval Academy Chapel and Naval Station Chapel, in Annapolis, Maryland, for many years. She repeatedly performed at Constitution Hall, Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C., with both Republican and Democrat presidents and vice-presidents in attendance. She also performed at Washington Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Mary Ann was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Vincennes and the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century in Terre Haute. While at DePauw University, she was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. Mary Ann was a former member of the Gosport Fortnightly Club, Gosport Museum and she received the 2013 Owen County Preservation Award for renovation of her Spencer Residence.

As a Navy wife, moving to many bases, she played and directed choirs for several churches. She was the pianist and choir director of the Gosport Methodist Church and pianist for the Spencer Presbyterian Church for several years.

She is survived by her only child, Richard W. Norman and his wife, Lisa, of Spencer, and her three grandchildren, Caitlin (Zach Ashton), Kendal, and Kirsten.

A private service will take place at a later date. Arrangements provided by West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer.

James C. Rice

James C. Rice, 69, of Bicknell, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at his residence.

Jim was born March 19, 1950 in Miami, the son of Odie C. and Anna Kohn Rice. After high school he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served the country for over 21 years, retiring as a gunnery sergeant. He was proud of his service and lived his life by the Marine Corps motto, “SEMPER FI.”

He is survived by his children, James Rice of Great Falls, Montana, Angela Rice of San Jacinto, California, Kayla Fox of Bicknell, Ashley Fox of Bicknell, and Johnathan Fox of Farmersburg; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews; his sisters, Anna Crockett of Wetumpka, Alabama and Gloria Flynn and her husband, Erich, of Wetumpka, Alabama; and his brother, Steven Rice of Hope Hull, Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; his parents; and a brother, Ronald Rice.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Duesterberg-Fredrick Wampler Shaw Chapel is honored to assist the Rice family during their time of loss.

Stephen Malone Wills

Stephen Malone Wills, 70, of Mahomet, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at home with his family.

Steve was born Jan. 12, 1949 to Malone and Vivian (Meek) Wills of Sandborn. He graduated from Olivet Nazarene College, Bourbonnais, Illinois, in 1972. In 1974, he married Joellyn Kelsey of Urbana, Illinois. They had three sons, Ryan, Matthew and Jonathan. Steve spent his career in banking, beginning in his hometown of Sandborn in 1973. In 1987, the family relocated to Mahomet and he continued in banking until his retirement in 2014. Steve was very involved in the different churches that he attended. He led music, sang in the choir, and loved the members of his Bible Study Group. Steve also served on the Mahomet-Seymour School Board for 14 years.

Steve looked forward to spending time with his family, attending the events of his sons and grandchildren. After retirement, Steve enjoyed traveling with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Joellyn (Kelsey) Wills; his sons, Ryan Wills and his wife, Melissa, of Mahomet; Matthew Wills and his wife, Jessica, of Wheaton, Illinois, and Jonathan Wills and his wife, Aimee, of Sugar Grove, Illinois; his grandchildren, Owen and Everett Wills of Mahomet, Emily, Ray and Rena Wills of Wheaton, and Garrett and Elliot Kate Wills of Sugar Grove; and one sister, Kay Batton of Fitzgerald, Georgia. 

Preceding him in death were his parents Malone and Vivian Wills, and two sisters, Nancy Lake and Sara Wills.

Funeral services were previously held. Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy was in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

PENDING

Fred Pulley, 88 of Clarksville, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Arrangements are pending at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home.

FUNERALS

Anderson, Lela Mae, died April 3. Services: 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Bicknell Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum in Bicknell. Visitation: noon until the hour of services on Saturday at the cemetery. Condolences: www.fredrickandson.com.

Hand, Martha Jane, died May 19. Services: 10 a.m. today at Free Methodist Church, 1155 Troy Road, Washington. Burial: Bethany Cemetery. Condolences: www.goodwinsieversfh.com.

Knight, Rebecca Randall Whitson, died Dec. 29, 2018. Services: 2 p.m. on Saturday at 207 Grant St., Monroe City.

Montgomery, Billy R. Jr., died May 20. Services: 7 p.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Visitation: 3 p.m. until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Memorials: college fund t0 be set up for his granddaughter, Kenna Lhotka; make checks payable to Kenna Lhotka. Condolences: www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Sanneman, Joseph Erie Sr., died May 21. Services: 1 p.m. on Saturday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Terrell, Deborah K., died May 18. Services: 11 a.m. today at Holmes Memorial Chapel in Sullivan. Burial: Indian Prairie Cemetery.

Watts, Stephen, died May 20. Services: 2 p.m. today at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 1:30 p.m. until the hour of services today at the cemetery.

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