Rushville Republican


December 10, 2012

Mae Rose Kessler, 86

RUSHVILLE — Mae Rose Kessler, 86, of Columbus the past three years died Sunday Dec. 9, 2012 at Kindred Heath Center.

She had lived in Rush and Shelby counties most of her life. Mae Rose was a member of Manilla Christian Church and also attended First Christian Church in Shelbyville. She was active in teaching Sunday School and working with Stephen Ministry, was a girls and boys 4-H leader and enjoyed working with young people.

Mae Rose was a member of Flat Rock Eastern Star #473 where she served twice a Past Worthy Matron and Secretary for several years. She was past Grand Representative of Colorado and Daylight Court # 31 Franklin. She loved sewing, wood crafting, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always found time to do for others who were unable to do for themselves.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Norman Funeral Home in Hope with Pastor Gwen Pew officiating. Calling is 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. An Eastern Star service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Manilla Cemetery in Rush County.

Memorial  contributions may be made to Liberty United Methodist Church Building Fund c/o the funeral home.

Born Dec. 25, 1925 at Lewis Creek in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Floyd and Ruth Hagerman Drake.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Willey of Columbus; a son, Gerald (Veanna) Kessler of Manilla; grandchildren, Brian Willey of Tomball, Texas, Brandon (Leigh) Kessler and Chrissy (Chuck) Tabeling, both of Shelbyville; great-grandchildren, R J  Willey of Tomball, Texas, Wyatt and Grant Kessler and Katie, Rebecca and Andrew Tabeling, all of Shelbyville; sister, Louise Isley of Flat Rock; sister-in-law, Ann Drake of Flat Rock; and brother-in-law, Jack

McIntire of Flat Rock.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Betty McIntire, brothers, Donald and Bud Drake; and son-in-law, Jack N. Willey.

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