Mary Conaway

Mary C. Conaway, 84, of Madison, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at The Waters of Clifty Falls.

She was born April 27, 1928, in Brooksburg, the daughter of Lauder and Christy Mae Washburn Stuart. She was a 1946 graduate of North Madison High School. She worked in food services at the Fiesta Restaurant, Hinkle's and the former Madison Country Club. She was a member of the Salvation Army Church. She enjoyed reading, gardening, doing crossword puzzles and playing bingo.

She is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Fields of Scipio and Brenda J. Kelly of Hanover; three sons, Charles Richard "Chuck" Conaway, Stephen Wayne Conaway and Billy Conaway, all of Madison; one sister, Jean Ritchey of Madison; two brothers, Roy Dale Stuart of Lexington and William Allen Stuart of Madison; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Mike Conaway and Rodger Stuart; her parents; one sister, Eleanor Hopper; and one brother, George Stuart.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Vail-Holt Funeral and Cremation Service. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society or the Salvation Army. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.vailholtfuneralhome.com.



Barbara Gessler

Barbara J. Gessler, 69, of North Vernon, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Columbus Regional Hospital.

She was born Aug. 23, 1943, in Harrison County, the daughter of Leo and Myrtle Louise Satterfield Thomas. She graduated from Lanesville High School in 1962. She had lived in Dupont and Deputy and moved to North Vernon in 2002. She enjoyed puzzle books and gardening.

She is survived by four daughters, Annette Austin of Scottsburg, Lora Rice of Lexington, Debbie Gessler of North Vernon and Sharon Gessler of Dupont; two step daughters, Rebecca Lucas of Alert and Shelia Moore of Butlerville; one brother, Lawrence Thomas of Jonesville; nine grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Gessler, whom he married Feb. 28, 1965, and who died Sept. 6, 1985; her parents; one brother, Leo Thomas; and one step grandson.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport. Burial will be in Westport Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences can be sent at www.bassgasper.com.



Margaret Kelley

Margaret Sophie Lutz Kelley, 98, of Madison, formerly of Fargo, N.D., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at King's Daughters' Hospital.

She was born March 1, 1914, in Eckelson, N.D., the daughter of Matthew Reuben and Pauline Augusta Martin Lutz. She was raised in Eckelson, N.D. and was a 1932 graduate of Eckelson High School. She then attended and graduated from Jamestown Business College. She was employed in the late 1940s through the 1950s as a head clerk with the Bureau of Worker's Comp in Bismarck, N.D. She then worked as the executive secretary to the regional manager at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, retiring in 1979. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D. for more than 60 years. She was also a member of the Fargo Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and the Fargo American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling the United States, reading and maintaining her friendships.

She is survived by one daughter, Colleen Keith of Madison; one grandson; one great-grandson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Crist Kelley, whom she married in 1945, and who died in 1973; her parents; two brothers, Ralph Lutz Jr. and Alfred Lutz; one sister, Almedia Kenerson; three infant siblings; and one nephew.

The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. A graveside service and burial will be next week at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, N.D.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 4 p.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Disabled American Veterans or Peace Lutheran Church. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.



Anna Margaret Mefford

Anna Margaret McCormick Mefford, 86, of Madison, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at King's Daughters' Hospital.

She was born May 7, 1926, in Owenton, Ky., the daughter of John William and Bertha Thompson McCormick. She was raised in Owen County, Ky. and attended Owenton High School. She had resided near Lancaster since 1960. She was a member of the Lancaster Baptist Church. She was employed with Reliance Electric in Madison for 19 1/2 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of the Hanover Order of Eastern Star Chapter 525 and the Bunco Card Club. She enjoyed cooking, and caring for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed the sun and sun bathing.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Carol Vance of Madison, Nancy K. Williams of Carrollton, Ky., and Marcia Ann Miladinov of Cincinnati, Ohio; three sons, Hubert J. Mefford and Phillip W. Mefford, both of Madison, and Gary Lee Mefford of Washington; four sisters, Thelma Bettis of Florence, Ky., Brenda Robinson of Dunnellon, Fla., Jean Carolyn McQueen of Sand Gap, Ky. and Patricia Godman of Clavrack, N.Y.; 31 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Brad "J.B." Mefford, whom she married Aug. 25, 1944, and who died March 2, 1985; one son, John Brad "Johnny" Mefford Jr., who died Feb. 28, 2005; her parents; one sister, Eva McCormick; and two granddaughters.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in Dupont Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Alzheimer's Association. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.