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Martha Jane Adkins

Martha Jane Adkins, 67, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, September 10, 2010, at Golden Living Center, Oakridge, in Richmond, where she had resided for the past five years.

She was born in Batesville on December 24, 1942, the daughter of Herschel and Esther (Hunter) Abshear. She spent her early years on a farm in Batesville and then moved to Metamora, where she attended Brookville High School. She earned her GED, and later graduated from Indiana Business College. She worked mostly as a bookkeeper and accountant. On April 15, 1989 she married Charles Adkins and moved to Hagerstown.

She leaves behind her husband, Charles Adkins; two daughters, Esther Marie Evans of Connersville and Tamara A. Wetter of Fort Wayne; her step-children, Ronnie Adkins and Cathy Jo Adkins, both of Richmond; a sister, Arlene Brockman of Huber Heights, Ohio; a brother, George Abshear of Corbin, Kentucky; and three grandchildren, Jeffrey, Brittany and Jacob.

Services were held Monday, September 13 in Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Pastor Darrel Hurst officiated. Burial followed in West Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association. Culberson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine E. Meyer

Catherine E. Meyer, age 93, of Springport, formerly of Elwood, Indiana, and a former resident of Fairbrook Manor in Brookville, passed away Sunday, August 15, 2010 at Allenmore Hospital, Tacoma, Washington.

She was born August 19, 1916 in Connersville to Howard Preston and Rosalind (Sparks) Thomas. She was married to Glen Meyer in February 3, 1936. Catherine and Glen raised 10 children. She was a talented seamstress and made clothes and gifts for the family for many years. She also loved to cook and made an occasional trip to a casino. Catherine was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Charles (wife, Patti) Meyer of LaCross, Washington, Barbara Rogers of Spanaway, Washington, William (wife, Cathy) Meyer of Springport, Indiana, John (wife, Suanne) Meyer of Graham, Washington, Sandy Courtney of Longview, Washington; daughters-in-law, Patty Meyer of Elwood, Indiana and Nancy Meyer of Baltimore, Maryland. She also leaves behind a sister, Norvilla “Tommy” (husband, Eugene) Copes of Blooming Grove; her brothers, Manford Thomas of Peoria, Illinois and Elliott Thomas of Gainesville, Florida; a special cousin, Betty O’Leary of Connersville; and 22 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Meyer; children, Doris Baker, Thomas Meyer, Glen Meyer, Jr., Howard Meyer and Gary Meyer; a grandson, Robert Meyer; a great grandson, Jeremy Waldmann; three brothers and one sister; along with her parents.

Cremation was conducted by Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor, Washington. Burial and graveside services will be held at Dale Cemetery in Connersville, at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 18. A family dinner to celebrate her life will be held after the service at William Meyer’s residence in Springport, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Christian Love Center or the Angel Wish 1000 N. 16th St., New Castle, IN 47362. Online condolences may be made at

Henrietta K. Rose

Wilhelmina Henrietta Keene Rose, 95, of Connersville, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, September 12, 2010 in Fishers, Indiana.

She was born in Conners-ville on October 11, 1915, one of three daughters of William and Gertie Hollowell Keene and was a lifelong resident of Fayette County.

On December 31, 1941, she was married to Marvin P. Rose and they lived and farmed on the Parrott Homestead farm on South State Road 1 near her son until moving in September of 2006 to an assisted living facility in Fishers, IN to be closer to her daughter.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Fairfield Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

For many years, she was a clerk at White’s Sale Barn in Brookville.

Henrietta will be missed by her family, but we are so fortunate to have loved her for so many years.

Survivors include a son, Joe Rose and wife, Lanie, of Connersville; a daughter, Sally Rose Fisher and husband, Tom, of Carmel, IN; a granddaughter, Jamie S. Grubbs and husband, Rick, of Fishers; a grandson, Garrick M. Rose and wife, Jamey, of Connersville; five great grandchildren, Madalyn T., Molly E.G., and Grant C. Rose and Logan C. and Emme K. Grubbs; her twin sister, Carolyn M. Rose, of Connersville; twelve nieces and nephews; and a sister in law, Mary Rebecca Rose Earnest, of Rushville, IN.

Henrietta, her twin sister, and her sister, Fey, lived within fifteen miles of each other their entire lives until Henrietta moved to Fishers. At the time of their marriage in the early 40’s, the “Keene” twins married first cousins and became the “Rose” twins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin P. Rose, who died June 2, 1997; a sister and brother in law, Fey and Eugene Charles; and a brother in law and sister in law, Howard and Rebert Moulton.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Phil Mitchell, Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home, where friends called from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Foundation.

Friends may visit online anytime at millermoster to sign the guest book.

Jesslyn Ball Murray

Jesslyn Ball Murray, born January 23, 1920 to parents George W. Ball and Fannie (Metcalf) Ball in Clay County, Kentucky, passed away at 90 years of age early Saturday morning, August 28, 2010. She was born the seventh daughter to parents George and Fannie, and in addition to surviving parents, Jesslyn was the last surviving sibling of six elder sisters, and two younger brothers. Listed in birth order siblings are: Dicie Ball Cowan, Catherine Ball Woods, Malvery (Mallie) Ball Edwards, Lucinda (Cindy) Ball Cowan, Georgia Ball (deceased in infancy), Letitia (Lettie) Ball Houston, Joshua and John Ball. Jesslyn married Leonard Arthur Murray, Sr. on March 8, 1939, remaining in Kentucky for several years, until settling in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they lived for over twenty years, before moving to Laurel, Indiana. Jesslyn was preceded in death by “Arthur” on August 29, 1990, whom she outlived by 20 years minus one day. They were married for over 50 years. From their union were born seven children, (five sons and two daughters). Listed in birth order they are: Richard H. Murray, Stephen Murray, Theodore (Ted) Murray, Patricia Ann Murray Gratias, Verna Lee Murray Helvik, Leonard A. Murray, Jr., and Lewis Adam Murray. Two sons, Stephen and Theodore Murray, preceded their mother in death in 2008.

Jesslyn is survived additionally by 23 grandchildren, and to date 46 great grandchildren, with two more great grandchildren expected soon. She further leaves behind several nieces and nephews, as well as many great nieces and nephews, and additional extended family/friends she has accumulated and loved over a lifetime.

Jesslyn, having lived for almost a century, witnessed and experienced many changes. She was born post World War I, during a time of war reparation. She literally ran from the first automobile she saw as a young child…..yet was delighted to enjoy viewing the Grand Canyon via a trip on a jet airplane. She experienced changes ranging from coal oil lamps to flip light electricity, the radio to television, letter writing and telegraph messages to cell phones and computer technology. She survived the Great Depression, lived through World War II, the Korean War, Viet Nam War, Desert Storm and the current conflict. She saw four of her five sons perform active military service, including one son, Theo (Ted), who served in Viet Nam. She was a fiercely loyal American, and one who loved anything American made, and little of anything un-American. Jesslyn was a rare breed of old and new cultures. She gardened and canned most of her life, could quilt and sew, make her own butter and buttermilk, and the best fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and banana pudding. For years, during her youth in the mountains of Kentucky, she performed the weekly family wash on a scrub board. She was quick to appreciate modern conveniences such as electricity, and a washer/dryer, but never gave up her love of country living. She enjoyed good music, and she and siblings sang as a Gospel group in Kentucky. She was an avid reader, enjoying everything from Zane Grey novels to American poetry, especially works by John Greenleaf Whittier. She additionally had a wry wit and was known for her sarcastic humor.

Jesslyn Ball Murray was a beloved matriarch of her family, and a friend to all who loved truth, honesty and honor. She became a Christian as a teen-ager. If she took you under her wing, you were fiercely loved and protected. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 am, Tuesday, August 31, at Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Rob Edwards officiating. Visitation was held after 4:00pm on Monday, August 30, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church. Arrangements were handled by Moster Mortuary in Rushville, Indiana.

The obituary of Jesslyn Ball Murray is being reprinted at the request of her family due to incorrect information submitted to this office. This obituary is paid for by the family of Jesslyn Ball Murray.

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