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C. Marian Steedman

C. Marian Steedman, 97, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Franklin United Methodist Community.

She was born June 4, 1915, in Dodge City, Kan., to the Rev. Oscar and Clara (Price) Matthew.

She graduated from Larned High School in Kansas in 1933. She attended Southwestern College in Kansas and Taylor University, and received an elementary education degree from Fort Hays State University. She received her master’s degree in education from Ball State University.

Marian wed Garfield G. Steedman in 1939 and enjoyed 64 years of wonderful marriage, living out her dream of being a pastor’s wife.

Together they served United Methodist churches in Cicero, Williamsburg — Greens Fork, Kendallville, Bourbon, Lapel, Union City, Mishawaka, Ind., and Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Marian was an elementary school teacher and taught in schools in Preston, Kan., Union City and Mishawaka, Ind., and Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Garf and Marian enjoyed retirement in North Webster before moving to the Franklin United Methodist Community.

She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin.

She enjoyed traveling, camping, family and loads of friends. Marian lived a vibrant, loving, faithful and joyous life.

She is survived by two sons, Donald L. Steedman of Covington, Ky. and Richard B. (Barb) Steedman of Evansville; seven grandchildren, David A. Steedman, Angela L. (Jeff) Vasser, Allison L. (Ben) Appel, Brian J. Steedman, Emily S. (Paul) Fehrenbacher, Jeffrey M. (Tara) Steedman and Daniel A. Steedman; five great-grandchildren, Carson Vasser, Zachary Vasser, Logan Steedman, Kelsie Appel and Lyla Steedman; one sister, Evalyn Overin; one brother, Lowell Matthew; and a daughter-in-law, Kathy Steedman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, the Rev. Garfield G. Steedman; one son, Robert W. “Rob” Steedman; three brothers, Lloyd Matthew, Lynn “Bill” Matthew and Lyle Matthew; and three sisters, Susie Love, Loreen Farkas and Verlea Ray McKee.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Franklin United Methodist Community, Wright Chapel, in Franklin with the Rev. Andy Kinsey officiating. A committal service and burial will follow at Brookside Cemetery in Lapel, with the Rev. Justin Fisher officiating. Visitation will be from noon to

1:30 p.m. Saturday at Franklin United Methodist Community, Wright Chapel, 1070 W. Jefferson St. in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Committee on Overseas Relief, c/o Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams St., Franklin, IN 46131.

Online condolences: www.hersbergerfuneralhome.com

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