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Obituary: Avis Qualkinbush, Bargersville

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Avis Qualkinbush, 79, of Bargersville, formerly of Mooresville, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at her residence.

Avis was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Orange County, the youngest child of Norman A. and Delphine O’Dell (Villere) Smith.

Avis graduated from French Lick High School and was a longtime farmer. She worked for RCA in Indianapolis and later owned and operated Rain Bonnets by Avis. For the past 13 years, she was employed with Central Indiana Billing.

She was a member of the Johnson County Beef Cattle Association and was honored as a friend of the industry by the Indiana State Beef Cattle Association. When living in Morgan County, she and her husband farmed east of Brooklyn on Centenary Road. Avis was a hardworking and loyal wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Floyd Qualkinbush; and a sister, Mary Carol Durham.

Survivors include her children, Lynn Fodge (Robert) of Missouri, and Gwyn Kay Weyant (Burton) and Charlie Bain (Fay), both of Bargersville; a brother, Norman Clair Smith of Brownsburg; three sisters, Cathryn McBride of Avon, Margaret Clarice Owen of Brownsburg and Virginia Louise Coleman of Rockville; and five grandchildren, Robert Lee Fodge (Patty), Alexander Norman Fodge, Stacy Rene Schmalz (Joe), Felecia Wagner (Doug) and Terry Randall Brown (Alana).

Friends and family will gather from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 667 W. State Road 144, Franklin. The Rev. David Lee will conduct a graveside service at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell Cemetery near Franklin.

Carlisle & Son Funeral Chapel, Mooresville, is handling arrangements.

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