• Nancy Ann Hamilton, 82 passed away August 11

    August 15, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Nancy Ann Hamilton of Bloomington, Indiana, died on Saturday evening, August 11, 2012, at Bloomington Hospital, as the result of an accident. At her side were her husband, Lee Hamilton, and her daughters.

    Nancy, 82, loved her roles as homemaker, artist, animal advocate, and hospital volunteer. She delighted in gathering family and friends, and many special occasions were celebrated around the Hamilton family dining room table.

    She was married to Lee H. Hamilton for 57 years and they would have celebrated their 58th anniversary on August 21. They began their life together in Berwyn, Illinois, and shortly afterwards moved to Columbus, Indiana. In 1964, when Lee was elected to Congress from the 9th Congressional District, they moved to Alexandria, Virginia. They returned to Indiana in November of 2010.

    Nancy was a talented artist and her oil paintings are gifts treasured by her extended family and friends. She was also a dedicated volunteer who had contributed thousands of hours for the INOVA Alexandria Virginia Hospital.

    She was a graduate of DePauw University and taught second grade for several years before starting her family.

    Nancy is survived by her husband; daughters, Tracy (Matt) Souza and Deborah (Hugh) Kremer; a son, Douglas; her five grandchildren, Christina Souza, Maria Souza-Eglen, McLouis and Patricia Souza, and Lina Kremer; and her sister, Patricia Robinson.

    She was proceeded in death by her brother, Jon Nelson, and parents, Norman and Mabel Nelson.

    A memorial service to celebrate the life of Nancy Hamilton will be held on Friday September 7, at 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at the corner of Fourth and Washington streets in Bloomington, Indiana. A reception will follow immediately after the service.

    Memorials can be directed to Canine Companions for Independence, 286 Middle Island Road, Medford, NY 11763; Bloomington Hospital Foundation, 405 North Rogers Street, Bloomington, IN 47404; and Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation, 2400 17th Street, Columbus, IN 47201.

    Arrangements are being handled by Day Funeral Home in Bloomington, Indiana.

    Online condolences may be expressed at

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  • Carol C. Stout, 53 passed away August 11

    August 14, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Carol C. (Norris) Stout, age 53 passed away Saturday afternoon, August 11, 2012 at the Franciscan St Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. She was a resident of Trafalgar and former resident of Morgantown.

    Carol was born March 14, 1959 in Lexington, Tennessee to the late A. D. & Anna Faye
    (Franklin) Norris.

    Survivors include one daughter: Crystal (Richard) C. Blevins of Elizabethtown, KY; one son: Dustin (Kelly) Blevins of Trafalgar; two sisters: Dawn (George) Haggard of Brown County & Cindy Belongie of Shelbyville; four grandchildren: Dakota Lugar of New Castle, Skylar Lugar of Elizabethtown, KY, Damian & Issac Blevins both of Trafalgar; two step grandchildren: Levi & Tyler Hicks both of New Castle.

    Carol was a homemaker and a former employee of Connectronics in Edinburgh. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, spending time with her family, camping at the Brown County State Park and watching CSI on television. Carol was a collector of Buddha’s & Wizards and sun & moon collectables.

    A graveside service will be held on Friday at noon at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown. Friends may visit from 11 am until service time on Friday at the Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

    Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Breast Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St. Suite100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.

    Condolences may be made to the Stout family at

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  • Robert D. Wray, 81 passed away August 3

    August 11, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Robert D. Wray, 81, of Columbus, died at 2:45 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012, at Silver Oaks Health Campus in Columbus.

    He was born in Bedford, April 20, 1931, the son of Ralph Kenneth and Bessie Louise Robinson Wray. He married Yvonne Hedge September 29, 1950 in Bedford and she survives.

    He had worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years, retiring in 1987 from inspection. He was an ordained minister and has pastored at Hoosier Hills Baptist Church of Columbus, Fellowship Baptist of Mt. Auburn, and Spurnica Baptist Church in Brown County.

    He was a member of Parkside Baptist Church, where he taught the Forever Young Bible Class.

    Mr. Wray is survived by sons: Duane (Debbie) Wray of Indianapolis and Kenneth (Patricia) Wray of Franklin; a daughter: Mary Beth (Thomas) Heim of Columbus; a sister: Suella Martin of Williams; brothers: Eddie (Tammy) Wray, Bedford, Joe (Jill) Wray of Nashville and Delbert (Kim) Wray of Salem; and grandchildren: Dale Wray of Bloomington, Bryan, Aaron and Amanda (Cory Mahon) Wray, all of Indianapolis, and Melissa Wray of Franklin.

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

    Funeral services were held at Parkside Baptist Church with Dr. William E. Bailey officiating. Burial was at Garland Brook Cemetery.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Parkside Baptist Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be made at

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  • Shirley J. Nelson, 77 passed away July 15

    August 9, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Shirley Joanne Nelson, 77, Plainfield, departed this life July 15, 2012, in Avon.

    She was born Dec. 27, 1934, in Rockford, Ill., to John and Irene Allen. She graduated from East High School class of 1952 in Rockford, Ill. After graduating from Ivy Tech in Columbus as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Shirley worked at Atterbury Job Corps for five years, retiring in 1990.

    Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who had a profound love for children. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, reading and researching her family’s history and genealogy.

    Shirley is survived by her two sisters, Carolyn Allen of Rockford, Ill., and Judith (Allan) Hamilton of Janesville, Wisc.; daughter, Jerelyn Stanley of Hungary; sons, Mark (Pam) Nelson of Nineveh, Jamie (Lori) Nelson of Indio, Calif., and Scott (Nancy) Nelson of Everett, Wash.; and loving longtime companion, Gregory T. MacNabb.

    She was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Nelson; nephew, Dean Nelson; and son, Bruce Nelson.

    The memorial service will be announced for a later date.

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  • Louise Moore, 91 passed away August 6

    August 7, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Louise Moore, 91 of Columbus, passed away at Keepsake Village on Monday, August 6, 2012, at 12:10 a.m. She was a previous resident of North Vernon and Columbus, Indiana.

    Mildred Louise Crane Moore was born at home in Unionville, Monroe County, Indiana, on May 24, 1921, to Thomas Franklin Crane and Mary Florence Gilliland. She is the sole survivor of her generation, preceded in death by both parents, and siblings Millard Crane, Martha Ruggles, Helen Crane, Georgiana Kerchner, Dorothy Teague Smoot, Grace Balser, Mary Weber, John Leon Crane, and Robert Crane. She lived her early life in Monroe and Brown County as well as Edinburgh and Martinsville. Louise was a 1939 graduate of Nashville High School in Brown County, Indiana.

    She married Merril Leon Moore on November 22, 1950, in New Unionville, Monroe County, Indiana. They owned and operated Gnaw Bone Grocery until 1959. Louise worked for Children Inc., the Columbus Motel and as a private duty children’s caregiver. For over 30 years, she spent winters in Fort Myers, Florida, fishing, playing euchre, and socializing.

    She is survived by her husband Merril; children, Thomas Lee Moore (Connie) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jerry Moore (Kathy) of Columbus, Indiana, and Judith Ellen Hill (Troy) of Westport, Indiana; as well as their grandchildren, Quixada “Kiki” Moore-Vissing of Dover, New Hampshire, Christopher Moore-Vissing of Chester, New Hampshire, Matthew Moore of Columbus, Indiana, Tyler Hill of Westport, Indiana, and Justin Hill of Westport, Indiana. Also surviving are 12 nieces and nephews; she was preceded in death by a niece, Merrianne Koechley.

    Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences may be submitted to the family at

    The funeral service will be Friday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. in Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th St. in Columbus with Rev. Tom Rust officiating. Burial will follow in garland Brook Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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