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Obituary: Madonna Jean (Johnson) Eddy Musgrave, Banta

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Madonna Jean (Johnson) Eddy Musgrave

Madonna Jean (Johnson) Eddy Musgrave, 84, longtime resident of the Banta community, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born June 16, 1928, in Dayton, Ohio, to James Frank and Addie Mae (Marcee) Johnson. She married Boyd Musgrave on March 29, 1957; he preceded her in death on July 21, 2000.

She is survived by her children, Gareth “Gary” and Debby Eddy, Glennda and Jeff Watson and James “Jimmy” Musgrave, all of Banta; grandchildren, Jason and Ann Eddy, Ryan and Heather Eddy, Tim and Jessica Eddy, along with Zachary Watson and Kathleen Watson; great-grandchildren, Elijah Eddy, Derek and Cruz Eddy, Colin and Payton Sue Eddy; extended family, including Don and Martha Lou Crews and Merrill “Mutt” and Judy Musgrave and their families.

Madonna was raised in White River Township and later moved to Indianapolis where she was a 1946 graduate of Emmerich Manual High School. She worked as a secretary for WABCO manufacturing where she met Boyd. In November of 1963, they purchased the Banta General Store and operated it later as the Banta General Store and Bee Supply for nearly 50 years. She was a member of Englewood Order of The Eastern Star in Indianapolis and was as a board member for Gateway Services/Johnson County ARC during its’ early inception.

She and Boyd lobbied state legislators for rights for handicapped individuals. They also started the first lemonade stand for Gateway at the Johnson County Agricultural and 4-H Fair. She was a longtime supporter of the 4-H programs in Morgan and Johnson counties.

Family was an important part of her life; she enjoyed her grandchildren and attended many of their activities.

The Rev. David Baillie will conduct a service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Greenwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718, and the  Banta Community Center, 3551 N. Banta Road, Bargersville, IN 46106..

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartz


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