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Mary L. Vandivier

Mary Louise Kelch Vandivier

102, Danville, passed away on February 27, 2013. She was born the only child of James W. and Ona (Bridges) Kelch in Trafalgar, Indiana, on June 4, 1910. From childhood through her entire life music was her passion.

Louise graduated from Trafalgar High School and then attended Franklin College where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. She graduated from Indiana University in 1932 with a degree in sociology and economics. Louise married Robert McCauley Vandivier (Cauley) in 1933. They were married 58 years at the time of his death in 1991. They moved to Indianapolis, where Cauley attended medical school and settled there after his graduation.

Louise devoted her life to her family including a son, James M. Vandivier, M.D. (Sharon) and a daughter, Susan Boles (Jeff), and to community service. While living in Indianapolis, Louise was active at Fairview Presbyterian Church, a Cub Scout leader, a Girl Scout leader, member and president of the Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi and a collegiate advisor at Butler University, Tuesday Study Club, American Association of University Women, the Indianapolis Women's Chorale, and her Thursday bridge club. After Dr. Vandivier's retirement, they moved back to Johnson County for several years. While there, Louise went back to the church of her childhood, the Trafalgar Christian Church, where she served as choir director. She was a member of the Franklin Alumnae Club and served as a collegiate advisor at Franklin College. In 1988, Louise and Cauley moved to Danville to be near their daughter. Louise joined the Danville Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir and serving as a church elder. Following the closing of the church, she became a member of the Danville United Methodist Church. She also was a member of the DAR, the Browning Club, and the Up To Date Club. Louise was an accomplished musician as a vocalist, pianist, harpist, and choir director and well known for her book reviews. Louise lived the last seven years at Ivy Trace in Danville.

Survivors include her son and daughter, her grandchildren, Susan Vandivier, Mark Vandivier, Doug Vandivier, J. Douglas Boles (Beth), Mary Hendricks (Kendall), Sally Steward (Matt), Leah Gibbs, 16 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, honorary daughter, Marsha Andry, and her Ivy Trace family.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Baker Funeral Home , Danville. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013 in the Danville United Methodist Church, with one hour of calling prior to the service. Burial will follow in the First Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin. Contributions may be made to Gleaners Food Bank, Salvation Army or Wheeler Mission. Online condolences may be made at: http://www.bakerfuneralservice.com


Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 2, 2013
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