Paul Bird

Paul E. Bird, 84, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Peggy Hans

Elizabeth Louise Peggy McMurray Becker Hans, 75, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born Feb. 20, 1945, in Paris, Texas, where her father was serving as a lieutenant in the Army. As a child, she lived in Buffalo, New York, Trenton, New Jersey, and Flint, Michigan. She was a graduate of the University of Michigan but during her many years in Madison, she developed equally strong affection for UK, U of L and IU.

She moved from Michigan to Carrollton, Kentucky, in 1972, where she was editor of the Carrollton News-Democrat until 1985, earning numerous awards from the Kentucky Press Association. She developed photography skills and traveled the area searching for interesting subjects including kids, adults, dancers, horses, floods, celebrities, governors, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and other visitors. One of her proudest accomplishments, through her advocacy at the newspaper, led to establishment of a library tax making it possible for a funded library in Carroll County.

She then worked for River Valley Resources in Madison for 23 years, first in the field office, then the WorkOne Center, and finally in RVR Administration as Director of Marketing, trainer, and grant writer. She conducted numerous training events in high schools all over southeastern Indiana, highlighting non-traditional employment opportunities. She was invited to present in Washington, DC and elsewhere at national conferences.

She married Bill Hans on Oct. 25, 1981, at Christ Episcopal Church and moved to Madison in 1982, living on the hilltop and later moving downtown. She would host an annual party for Chautauqua where margaritas and laughter flowed. Her house was filled with books and music plus a menagerie of cats underfoot.

She loved her husband, the Lord, and music, bringing all of them together by playing the organ at seemingly every church in Madison at one time or another. She was a long-time parishioner at Christ Episcopal Church, where she served on the Vestry for many years.

She suffered medical reverses later in life but was supported by the love and friendship of too many people to count. Her family is immensely thankful for the support she received from all her friends.

Survivors include a son, Ted Becker of East Lansing, Michigan; a daughter, Christie Gower of Howell, Michigan; a brother, Louis Robert McMurray of Monroe, Michigan; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband on June 3, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at Christ Episcopal Church in Madison, with interment to follow in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 9, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Madison.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library, or the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Cards will be available at each church.

Arrangements by Stewart-Hoagland Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana.

Pamela Harris

Pamela L. Harris, 60, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service in Madison,

Geneat Peffley

Geneat L. Harvey Medley Peffley, 98, of Piqua, Ohio, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Piqua Manor Nursing Home there.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Dupont, Indiana, to David and Mary Cosby. She was 1939 graduate of Broadway High School in Madison, Indiana, and the Patterson Nursing School in 1966. She was a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II. She retired in 1978 from the Copeland Corp. of Sidney, Ohio, as a welder. She was a devout member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Piqua, where she served on its Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, and as a spiritual Commentator and Lector. She was a member of the American Legion Post No. 184 in Piqua, the Y.W.C.A. of Piqua, the Piqua Community Action Council, and taught first-aid through the Piqua Chapter of the American Red Cross. She enjoyed traveling and painting.

Survivors include a son, Byron L. Harvey of Covington, Kentucky; a sister, Geneva Humes of Port St. Lucie, Florida; and two grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, her first husband Andrew W. Harvey, her second husband Lawrence Medley and her last husband Arthur A. Peffley.

A service to honor her life will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home in Piqua. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney, where full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Broadway, Piqua, OH 45356. Online condolences at