Mary Louise Kearby, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother died peacefully on Friday, November 12th at Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida.
Born on August 18th, 1930 in Rural Route 5 Columbia City, Indiana to Paul Revere and Bessie Irene Putman, she was raised in the Methodist Church and accepted Christ as a young girl. She married William (Bill) K. Kearby on June 3rd, 1950.
As a newlywed, she worked at International Harvester in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She, along with Bill were founding members of Lake Avenue Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wayne. She taught 2nd grade Sunday School for many years. During this period of time, she gave birth to three boys, Randy, David, and Tim.
Bill and Mary Louise moved the family to Seymour, Indiana in 1970 and lived there for two years. The family moved back to northern Indiana in 1972 and settled in Fort Wayne where Mary Louise worked for Fort Wayne Community Schools in the payroll department for 21 years before retiring in 1993.
She and Bill were snowbirds after Bill retired and became permanent Florida residents in 2001 when they moved to the Myerlee area. They lived there until 2013 when they moved to Shell Point.
Mary Louise (and Bill) were very active members of Fort Myers 1st Church of the Nazarene where they participated in bible studies and volunteered for home visitations and the pain clinic.
She loved to entertain guests in their home as well as outdoor activities including swimming, walking, and bicycle riding around the neighborhood. She and Bill loved to spend time with family and friends and to travel.
Mary Louise is survived by two of her sons Randy L. of Wabash, Indiana and Tim L. of Cary, North Carolina. In addition, she is survived by seven grandchildren, Josh, Joe, Jennica, Andrew, Amber, Kyler, and Dan as well as twelve great grandchildren, Brittany, Anikah, Aubrey, Ava, Addison, Analee, Kinzlee, Selah, Silas, Paxton, Olivia, and Claire.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and her son, David, as well as her sister Margie and her brother Max.
A memorial service will be held at Fort Myers 1st Church of the Nazarene on Friday, November 19th at 11:00. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Jefferson Chapel Sand Bank Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Whitley County, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Fort Myers 1st Church of the Nazarene or to the Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church of Columbia City, IN.