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Mary Lou McCarthy Artz

November 18, 1935 May 7, 2014
Mary Lou McCarthy Artz
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Mary Lou McCarthy Artz, age 78 of Plymouth, IN passed away May 7, 2014 at her home. A memorial mass will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Knox, IN on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00am (CT). Mary Lou was born Nov. 18, 1935 in London, IN, to Ezra and Emma Baughman Smith, both deceased. She graduated from Moral Township High School in 1953 and worked with Diamond Chain in Indianapolis, until her marriage to Joseph L. Merkel in 1955. Also, during this time she studied piano at the Jordan Conservatory of Music, Butler University in Indianapolis. After the death of her husband, she married Rodney Evans of Covington, IN, where she resided over 20 years. While living in Covington, she worked at Berkley-Davis, Wean United in Danville, IL, as the Executive Secretary to the President. She also was organist at St. Joseph Church in Covington, Holy Family Church in Danville, and St. Bernard Church in Crawfordsville. During this time she served as Chapter President of the American Guild of Organists. She was also a member of the Covington Psi Iota Xi Sorority. In 1993 she accepted the position of Liturgist with Ancilla Sisters of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in Donaldson, IN. She married Don Artz, of Knox, IN, on Aug. 21, 2009. She enjoyed travelling, especially with the American Guild of Organists tours in Europe. Recently, she earned a certificate of Colleague of the American Guild of Organists that testifies to a high level of talent and achievement. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her former husbands, and her siblings, Martha Smith, Earl Smith, Austin Smith, and Norman Smith. She is survived by her husband Don Artz of Plymouth, Daughters, Nancy Merkel Starkey (Terence) of Jacksonville, FL, and Janet Evans Snyder (John) of Georgetown, IL, along with two grandchildren, William Joseph Starkey of Tampa, FL and Sarah Starkey Reardon (Michael) of Jacksonville, FL, and a great granddaughter, Mary Catherine Reardon is expected to be born at the end of May. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marshall County Hospice. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Marshall County Hospice, family and friends.


10:00am (CT) Tuesday, May 13, 2014

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Knox, IN

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