Mary Evelyn Willey Lautenbach

Mary Evelyn Willey Lautenbach


Mary Evelyn Willey Lautenbach, 87, passed away at her son’s residence in Whiteland on Wednesday evening, April 19, 2017. She was a former longtime resident of Franklin.

She was born on Nov. 27, 1929, in Danville, to Monroe and Alpha Mae (Webb) Gibson. She married Francis Robert Willey on Aug. 31, 1946.

He preceded her in passing in 1973. She later married Harold F. Lautenbach in 1975, and he preceded her in passing in 1993.

Mary is survived by one son, Michael Allen (Carrie) Willey of Whiteland, and one daughter, Deb Willey of Colorado. Also surviving are daughter in-law, Brenda Willey of Trafalgar; son in-law, Donnie Lautenbach of Greenwood; five grandchildren, Robbie Willey, Brian Willey, Derek Lautenbach, Amy Byrne and Deann Lautenbach; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Gibson of Waverly; and one sister, Penny Hayse of Kentucky.

Also surviving are four stepchildren, Steve, Diane, Cheryl and Andy, and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in passing by her parents; husbands; and siblings, Earl, Trent, Charles and Monte Gibson, Nellie Sims and Clarabelle Gibson. Mary was also preceded in passing by her son, Bob Willey, and two daughters, Mary Katherine Willey and Judy Lautenbach; grandson, Michael Willey; and granddaughter, Brandi Conrad.

She was a graduate of Danville High School in Danville.

Mary was a dairy farmer. In her earlier years, she worked for Arvin Industries in Franklin. She later was employed by the Indiana Masonic Home as a nurse’s aide. Mary drove a school bus for nine years for the Franklin Community School Corp. and worked in the cafeteria at the high school.

She was a member of Honey Creek United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Dairy Association.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St., (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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