Connie Bentley

Connie L. Ferris Bentley, 75, of Madison, Indiana died Friday, May 31, 2019, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Myrtle Bontrager

Myrtle Amanda Troyer Bontrager, 91, of Madison, died Thursday, May 30, 2019, at River Terrace Health Campus.

She was born Oct. 12, 1927, in Midland, Michigan, to Edward and Anna Mae Bontrager Troyer. The family lived east of Goshen, Indiana, close to Fish Lake. She grew up in a conservative Mennonite family and attended various churches, including East Goshen, Locust Grove and Olive Mennonite Church. She learned to cook at a young age, and by 10, was cooking for her family. She cared for her younger siblings and took care of the family home. She finished eighth grade at Clinton Community Center and went to work to help her family. She and her family lived in Middlebury and Ligonier and then settled in 1966 in Elkhart in a home on Walnut Valley Street. She was an outstanding cook who baked cookies, pies and hosted many Sunday meals at the family home. She worked most of her adult life, including ironing for local residents and later working as the office receptionist at Traveler’s Inn until 1975. She began a new career with Side Board Restaurant and later as kitchen manager at The Meeting Place Restaurant, where she worked until 1989. She then began with the Valley View Health Care Center in the dietary department, from which she retired in 2001. She was Employee of the Year there twice. She taught herself to crochet in 1978 and was a prolific crafter of afghans for the rest of her life. Her family has been blessed with beautiful works of art to cherish. She always gave her best when helping others and blessed them with her gentle caring spirit. In August of 2017, she left Walnut Valley and moved to Madison to be near her daughter, Judy. They so enjoyed the past 22 months together and their many adventures and stories.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Shelton of Elkhart, Indiana, and Judy Skiles of Madison; three sisters, Edna Lengacher of Auburn, Indiana, Fannie Yoder of Hicksville, Ohio, and Ann Miller of Leo, Indiana; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel D. Bontrager; one son, Douglas Edward Bontrager; her parents; three brothers, Floyd, Cornelius and Eugene Troyer; one grandson; and one great-grandson.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Olive Mennonite Church near Elkhart. Burial will follow in Prairie Street Cemetery in Elkhart.

Visitation will be at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre Monday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the funeral homes and the church.

Online condolences can be sent at

Catherine Carter

Catherine “Cack” Carter, 65, died Sunday, May 26, 2019.

She was born Dec. 6, 1953, in Madison, to Raymond and Helen Empson.

She is survived by her husband, David Carl Carter; one son, David Lee Carter; two grandchildren, and several other relatives.

There will be a memorial service at Lytle & Welty Funeral Home in Madison at a later date.

Mary Eaves

Mary Eaves, 86, of Lexington, Indiana, died Friday, May 31, 2019, at her home.

She was born August 6, 1932, in Madison, to Flem Roy Hearne and Mary Jenkins Hearne. She retired in August 1992 as supervisor of housekeeping for Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg, Indiana, where she had worked for 22 years. She was a member of Lexington Christian Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Marshall and Bonnie Koontz, both of Lexington; two sons, Jerry Wicker and Raymond Dale Eaves, both of Austin, Indiana; 10 grandchildren; and several great and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer T. Eaves; two sons, David Lee Hearne and Roy Thomas Eaves; four sisters, Cora Robbins, Betty Drake, Dorothy Hearne and Georgine Fitch; five brothers, Roy, Lloyd, Floyd, Dale and Ray Hearne; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery in Madison.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Online condolences can be sent at

Nellie Hamilton

Nellie Lee Tague Hamilton, 89, of Bennington, Indiana, died Friday, May 31, 2019, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison. Arrangements are pending at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.