Murcie Poplar Lavender passed on Thursday, August 17, 2017. She was born in Gary, Indiana to the late Roosevelt and Murcie Poplar. She was a graduate from Roosevelt High School and received a degree in Art from Indiana University. She taught art in the Gary Community School System. Murcie was a nationally known artist; inducted into the Northwest Indiana Women's Museum, enshrined in the Steel City Hall of Fame, received many awards and trophies, founded the Gary Art Institute in 1963 and later Children's Art Institute at Indiana University Northwest campus. Murcie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack, brothers Roosevelt Jr. and Noah, sister Demetris. She leaves to cherish her memories brother Melvin (Cheryl) Poplar Sr. of Lansing, MI sister Venetia Brown of Gary, IN, eight nephews, ten nieces and a host of other relatives and friends Visitation Saturday August 26, 2017 from 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. with funeral services to follow at 10:00a.m. all services at the Guy & Allen Chapel 2959 West 11th Avenue. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery.