Judy G. Terrell

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Judy Gettinger Terrell

86, of Fortville, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013 surrounded in love by her family. She was born January 8, 1927, in Sullivan County, Indiana to Dan O. and Leone (Donaldson) Gettinger. She loved life on the family farm and the lasting friendships made at Graysville High School. She attended Indiana University and finished her education at Indiana State University earning a degree in Education.

Judy devoted much of her life to mentoring, teaching and coaching thousands of youth throughout Indiana. In her 40 years of teaching, she especially enjoyed her years and students at Charlottesville High School, Eastern Hancock High School, and IPS Schools 51, 78 and 28.

Judy was also a visionary and community advocate who, in the 1960's, began the summer Fortville Parks Program and initiated the softball program for girls and women. She led programs well into the 1980s and supported alumni throughout their lives. She never willingly missed a game! She was very active in the Fortville chapter of BPW and a member of Greenfield Christian Church.

She is survived by her beloved children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of whom she was so proud and supportive. Her 5 children, Mary (Vic) Holley, Steve (Patricia) Terrell, David (Elizabeth) Terrell, Barb (Bill) Balbach, Becky (Ross) Holbert; her 15 grandchildren, Libby (Mike) Manship, Tim (Lindsay) Miller, Mindy (Bill) Ferguson, Meredith (Chris) Heitz, Todd Miller, Jessie (Michael) Smith, Jake Balbach, Daniel Terrell, Matt Terrell, Abby Balbach, Sam Balbach, Erin Holbert, Ellie Balbach, Lexi Holbert, Andy Holbert; her great-grandchildren, Dylan Miller, Eli Manship, Jackson Miller, Luke Manship, Hank Ferguson, Tate Miller, Harlan Heitz, Paul Smith. She is also survived by an honorary daughter and friend, Catharine Schaidle and sister, Mary Lou Hartzler. Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Paul T. Terrell; her daughter, Nancy Terrell Miller; sister, Martha Jane Black and brother, John Gettinger.

Friends may call on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Seals Funeral Home in Fortville, Indiana. Services will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Gravel Lawn Cemetery, Fortville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hancock County Community Foundation Nancy Terrell Miller Scholarship Fund or the .

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122 W. Staat Street Fortville, IN 46040
(317) 485-5144
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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Apr. 30, 2013
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