Paul Bird

Paul E. Bird, 84 of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born Sept. 6, 1935 in Madison, to Edward C. and Agnes M. Sheets Bird. He was a 1953 graduate of Madison High School and attended Hanover College. He began a career in the automotive parts industry by working for Standiford Ford Service Station and Dealership in downtown Madison, eventually leading to a long-time relationship with National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA). He resided in Eminence, Kentucky, from 1961 to 1968 while working for the NAPA Auto Parts Store there, later settling in Madison while owning and operating the NAPA Store in Carrollton, Kentucky, until his retirement in 1996. He enjoyed observing birds, both at home by keeping numerous bird feeders and in nature by going on birding and photography trips with his brother Jack, and caring for his garden and attending to his cherished dog, Annie. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison and the Fr. Michael Riehl Council 934 of the Knights of Columbus for more than 65 years. While with Knights of Columbus he received multiple awards for service, including over 35 years of leadership and planning monthly parties for residents at the Madison State Hospital. He was a former member of the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765, where he and his wife enjoyed dancing and socializing with family and friends.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie Bird of Indianapolis; a son, Trevis M. Bird of Santa Clarita, California; a sister, Carol M. Hill of Madison; a brother, John J. “Jack” Bird; and two grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years, Janet L. Owen Bird, on Nov. 21, 2014, and a brother, Thomas O. Bird, in February 2017.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Interment will follow in the Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. The Rosary will be recited beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter or to Friends of Shawe and Pope John. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Velma Boardman

Velma Irene Boardman, 88, of North Vernon, Indiana, died Friday, March 6, 2020, at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana.

She was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Jefferson County, Indiana, to Emerson Otto and Georgia Ester Sorel Simmons.

She was a 1952 graduate of Paris Crossing High School in Paris Crossing, Indiana, and worked 32 years for the Madison State Hospital in Madison, Indiana, starting as cook in 1964 and ending as a supervisor at the time of her retirement in 1997. She was a member of Coffee Creek Baptist Church in Paris Crossing and held various jobs with the church throughout the years. She enjoyed fishing, listening to music — especially bluegrass and country gospel — watching NASCAR and any type of racing, flowers, gardening, cooking, visiting friends and was an avid IU fan.

Survivors include her son, Randy Boardman of North Vernon; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and six sisters, Jean Owens, Dorothy Corya, Anita Ashpaugh, Joy Owens, Betty Ruth Simmons and Vada Arsdale.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020, at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon. Burial will be in the Coffee Creek Christian Church Cemetery near Paris Crossing. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Monday until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the Smiling Seniors.

Billie Erwin

Billie Joe Erwin, 70, of Hanover, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at his home in Hanover.

He was born June 29, 1949, in Jennings County, Indiana, to Thomas “Shorty” and Margaret Hopkins Erwin. He was raised in Jennings County and attended school there as well as the Pentecostal Church. He worked construction most of his working career and had last driven a box truck for M&M Trucking in Madison, Indiana. He loved fishing, playing poker and being outdoors. He was a member of the Laborer’s Union Local in Terre Haute, Indiana for 10 years.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 48 years, Patricia Diane Miller Erwin, of Hanover; sons, Robert “Bobby” Erwin of Shelbyville, Indiana, William Thomas Erwin of Commiskey, Indiana and David Wayne Erwin of North Vernon, Indiana; a daughter, Melissa Kaye Medlock of Cincinnati; his sister, Carolyn Jessie of Dupont, Indiana; his adopted brother, Rick Erwin of Madison; and eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Daniel Erwin and a grandson.

A memorial gathering will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre-Hanover Chapel in Hanover.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Billie Joe Erwin Remembrance Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Rosalie Evans

Rosalie Jones Evans, 81, of Madison, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.

She was born Oct. 17, 1938, in Madison to Howard L. and Clarabel Smoot Jones. She lived all of her life in Jefferson County and was a 1956 graduate of Madison High School. She then graduated from the Louisville Baptist School of Nursing, receiving her Registered Nurses License. She served as an RN for 50 years, having worked for King’s Daughters’ Hospital and as a home health nurse for the Jefferson County Health Department. She last worked as a case manager for the WIC program through the Jefferson County Health Department. She was raised in the First Baptist Church in downtown Madison but was currently a member of the Wirt Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, genealogy, helping others and being with her children and grandchildren.

She was married to Donald Eugene Elles for 33 years beginning on May 10, 1959 and they had two sons and a daughter. She later married John Thomas “J.T.” Evans on Oct. 21, 2004.

Survivors include her husband, J.T. Evans of Madison; her sons, David Elles and Brian Elles, both of Madison; her daughter, Debra Susan “Susie” Smith of Carrollton, Kentucky; and two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a step grandson, two step great grandchildren, an aunt and several cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Kentucky. Friends may visit from noon to time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

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, stewartfuneralhome.net

Pamela Harris

Pamela L. Dunlap Harris, 60, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

She was born March 31, 1959, in Madison, to Buford and Lorene “Tootsie” Bray Dunlap. She grew up in downtown Madison and was a 1977 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School.

She married Roger Ward in 1980, had two sons and Trimble County became her home for nearly 20 years where she enjoyed cheering on her sons during their ball games. She later moved back to downtown Madison and married James E. “Jamie” Harris in 1990. She most recently was employed at Meese Incorporated, but had also worked at Mills Department Store, U.S. Shoe Factory, Reliance Electric, Kawneer, Madison Clinic, and LG&E. Throughout her life, she was known for being a hardworking, independent woman with a giving heart.

She enjoyed taking family vacations to the beach and listening to the sounds of the waves, gathering with family for cookouts and birthday celebrations, and spoiling her grandchildren. She enjoyed being crafty, watching HGTV and reality TV shows, and baking. She and Jamie enjoyed reading Scripture and praying together and in June of 2018 she was baptized at North Madison Christian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jamie, of Madison; sons: Ryan Ward of Madison and Ross Ward of Mount Washington, Kentucky; a step-son, Timothy Harris of Dallas; a step-daughter, Rebecca Lee of De Kalb, Texas; her sisters: Diane Simpson and Sue Barnes, both of Madison; her brother, Mark Dunlap, of Madison; and two grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; her daughter by choice, Melissa Cole; and several nieces and nephews, and a good friend, Sharon Long.

She was prededed in death by her parents and a brother, Larry Wayne Dunlap.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel, on Madison’s hilltop. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions be made to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Cancer Center. Contributions may be made at the funeral home or at lytlewelty.com.

Aprilyn Husayan

Aprilyn Mernado Husayan, 26, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born April 26, 1993, in the Philippines, to Segundo and Francisca Mernado Husayan. She had resided in Madison since 2008 and was a 2010 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. She had worked four years as a machine operator at Madison Precision Products in Madison, was raised Catholic and had attended Green Road Baptist Church in Madison. She enjoyed photography, traveling, music, karaoke, dancing and being with her 7-year-old daughter Alessandra Ann. She like to go out to dinner and really enjoyed crab legs and fought a courageous battle against the brain tumor to care for her daughter, her greatest joy in life.

Survivors include her parents and her daughter, all of Madison; her companion of nine years, Eligius “Eli” Maria Bonifacio, of Madison; her sisters, Juliet Husayan of the Philippines, Janice Husayan and April Joy Husayan, both of Madison and Amy Husayan Huff of Deputy, Indiana; her brothers, Frandy Husayan of Madison and Arthur Husayan of the Philippines; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her brother, Danilo Husayan.

Funeral services will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be at a later date in the Philippines. Friends may visit from 4 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Aprilyn Husayan Remembrance Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

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 jamiesonandyannucci.com

John Shelton

John Evan Shelton, 70, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Jewel Place in Madison.

He was born Feb. 19, 1950, in Madison, to Van E. and Jean Hilbert Shelton. He resided most of his life in Jefferson County and was a 1968 graduate of Shawe Memorial High School and 1973 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in agriculture. He farmed all of his life and enjoyed watching Purdue sports, Fox News, listening to music and reading. He loved his daughter and his grandsons, was raised Catholic and a member of Prince of Peace Parish. He had served on the Kent Water Board and the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Survivors include his mother of Indianapolis; a daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” Geisler of Versailles, Indiana; his sister, Mary Ann Jacobs of Indianapolis; and two grandchildren, an aunt and an uncle, his nephews and a niece, and several cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Madison. Friends may visit from 1 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Dorothy White

Dorothy O. Gordon White, 87, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born Oct. 10, 1932, in Hanover, Indiana, to Charles Augustus and Goldie Ellan Graves Gordon. She attended St. John’s United Church of Christ and enjoyed playing Bingo, sewing, raising flowers and tomatoes. In her younger years she enjoyed playing softball. She retired from Indiana Telephone Company after 35 years of service as a line runner, then worked part-time at Pizza Hut and Pine Lodge Motel. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Potter of Madison; two sons, Billy White of Madison and Bryan White of Hanover; 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 30 years John William White in July of 1980; her brothers, Hiram Gordon, Paul Gordon and Bernie Gordon; her sisters, Luella Spry and Sarah Jones; a daughter, Kathleen “Kathy” White in December 1985; and a son, John Steven White in September 2019.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Sharon Hill Cemetery near Lexington, Indiana. Friends may visit from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com