Erma Land

Erma Elaine Rogers Gilles Land, 88, of Madison, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Hickory Creek at Madison.

She was born March 30, 1925, in Kent, to Charles and Mary Siebenthal Rogers. She was raised near Kent and was a 1943 graduate of Hanover High School. She was a member of the Kent United Methodist Church until she was married. She attended the Indianapolis Business School for two years. She was employed for 28 years as an attendant supervisor with the Madison State Hospital, retiring in 1989. She worked earlier in life as a secretary for Meese Manufacturing. She enjoyed being a homemaker, dancing, flowers, gardening, playing cards, reading, cooking, putting puzzles together and crocheting. She and her husband Kenny enjoyed social events together and dancing. She was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Jefferson County Farm Bureau and Women of the Moose Lodge 765. She was also a member of the Central Homemaker's Club for more than 50 years, also serving as secretary.

She is survived by seven daughters, Mary Anne Taylor and Elaine Poling, both of Canaan, Nancy Kennett of Madison, Teresa Hughes of Lexington, Marlene Pietrykowski and Karen Ricketts, both of Madison, and Kay Moore of Stafford, Va.; two sons, Charlie J. Gilles Jr. and Donald Gilles, both of Madison; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles J. Gilles Sr., whom she married Jan. 14, 1946, and who died March 5, 1968; her second husband, Raymond Shadday, whom she married in 1975, and who died in 1983; her third husband, Kenneth Scott "Kenny" Land, whom she married March 10, 1990, and who died Sept. 11, 1998; one son, Jim Gilles, who died April 5, 1990; her parents; two brothers, Jack Rogers and Lee Rogers; two sisters, Edna Bruther and Helen Kemper; and one great-granddaughter.

The funeral mass will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre today from 3 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Heart Association, or RETT Syndrome or Alzheimer's Disease research. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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Helen Taylor

Helen LaVerne Leach Taylor, 80, of Madison, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

She was born June 1, 1933, in Milton, Ky., to Elmo and Lela Morgan Leach. She was raised in Trimble County, Ky. and was a 1951 graduate of Milton High School. She was also a graduate of Spencerian College with a secretarial degree. She retired after 38 years of service with Grote Industries. She enjoyed embroidery, crossword puzzles, traveling, watching old westerns and being with her family.

She is survived by two brothers, Robert "Bob" Leach of Madison and Michael "Mike" Leach of Dupont; nine nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Joann Sutherland.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from noon until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice of King's Daughters' Hospital. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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Vealah Thomas

Vealah C. Witt Short Thomas, 75, of Deputy, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

She was born Jan. 1, 1939, in Evarts, Ky., to Howard and Rossie Mae Robbins Witt. She was raised in Harlan County, Ky., and was a high school graduate. She attended teacher's training and later taught school in Harlan County. She was a member of the Closplint Baptist Church and moved to Jefferson County in 1958. She was united in marriage to Carl Short in 1959. She attended the First Apostolic Church in North Vernon. She retired as an assembler from Reliance Electric Co. after 37 years of service. She was united in marriage to Dave C. Thomas on July 4, 1992. She enjoyed fishing, knitting, working puzzles and playing cards.

She is survived by her husband, Dave Thomas of Deputy; one daughter, Joy G. Short Hammond of Deputy; one son, Vernon Short of Deputy; one stepson, Shawn Thomas of Crothersville; one stepdaughter, Leslie Skirvin of Lexington; one brother, Archie Witt of Deputy; two sisters, Wanda Lambardo of Berea, Ky., and Regina Mayo of Phenix City, Ala.; one granddaughter; three step grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Delores Caudill.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in Lick Branch Cemetery near Deputy.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Vealah Thomas Memorial Fund. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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Elmer White

Elmer Lloyd "Dumpy" White, 79, of Vevay, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at King's Daughters' Hospital.

He was born July 25, 1934, in Switzerland County, to George Elmer White and Mary Ellen Cole McClellan. He was raised in Switzerland County, and was a 1954 graduate of Vevay High School. He served in the Air Force from May 26, 1955, to Jan. 23, 1959, rising to the rank of Airman 2nd Class, receiving the Good Conduct Medal. He was united in marriage on March 28, 1960, to Lillian M. Greene. He was later united in marriage on May 18, 1969 to Dorothy McCormick. He was a union steel worker for LTV Steel in East Chicago, retiring in 1996, after 37 years of service. He was a former employee of the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay and a former air-traffic controller at the Indianapolis Airport. He was united in marriage on Dec. 10, 1994, to Judy Kay Hollitt. After moving back to Vevay in 1996, he was a courier for the Vevay Deposit Bank for several years. He was a member of the Local 1011 Steel Workers and the Good Fellows Club in East Chicago. He was Past Commander of the Vevay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5396, and served on the honor guard for many years. He was a member of the Vevay Church of Christ, the Florence Lodge 27 F. & A.M., the Madison Moose Lodge and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis. He enjoyed gardening, especially roses; being a University of Kentucky basketball fan; and his yorkie.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Kay Hollitt White; two daughters, Cheryl Turner Dixon of Vevay and Lisa Ellen Daugherty of Owensboro, Ky.; one stepson, Nick Paunovich of Munster; one stepdaughter, Kimberly Paunovich of Munster; his mother of Vevay; three brothers, Donald McKenzie of Tuttle, Okla., and Ernest R. McKenzie and Robert "Hardly" McKenzie, both of Vevay; three sisters, Lona Mathews of Largo, Fla., and Betty Scott and Loretta Hayes, both of Vevay; three grandchildren; one stepgrandson; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Richard L. "Dickie" White; his father; three brothers, David "Buck" White, Richard "Rick" McKenzie and Lewis Edward McKenzie; and one granddaughter.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted graveside by Vevay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5396.

Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the service.

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