Mary J. Peeler

Mary Jane Peeler, 97, of Columbia City, IN, and having ties to Andrews, IN, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Peeler’s family moved from Louisville, OH, to Kokomo in 1929. She graduated from Kokomo High School in 1940 and went on to attend Manchester College. After the war, she and her husband lived in Indianapolis, where Mrs. Peeler served as the secretary for the Indiana State Director of Agriculture & Veterans Affairs until her husband graduated from the Butler University School of Pharmacy. After a brief stay in Elkhart, they moved to Columbia City in 1950 when sthey purchased the O'Daniel Drug Store, which later changed to Key Drugs Inc. In April 2012,  she moved to Fort Wayne.

She was a homemaker during her time in Columbia City. She was a member of the Columbia City United Methodist Church since 1951, serving as a Sunday school teacher and choir member. She was a member of the Columbia City Order of the Eastern Star chapter 65, Sorosis, Epsilon chapter of Sigma Eta Sorority Fine Arts, Town and Country Home Extension and TOPS.

At Manchester College, she was selected to perform in college groups. In later years she sang in churches, was in Sigma Eta Sorority Fine Arts and directed children's choirs.

She was born Feb. 25, 1922, in York Center, OH, to Charles F. and Imo I. Clapsaddle Hathaway. She married Hollis L. Peeler in Andrews, and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include three daughters Kay Van, of Fort Wayne; Jane (James) Currie, of Jensen Beach, FL; and Carol (Mike) Johnson, of Brownsburg; a brother, Kermit Ray Hathaway, of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, Brett (Brenda) Van and Lora Van, both of Fort Wayne; Jennifer (Joe) O'Connor, and Mark (Shannon) Johnson, both of Indianapolis; Holly (Adam) Naylor of Brighton, MI, and Amy (Colin) Robertson, of Glasgow, Scotland; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Heather Currie, and a son-in-law, Lon Van.

Calling is Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at 11 a.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, Indiana. A funeral service will follow Monday at 1p.m. Burial will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Memorials may be given to Columbia City United Methodist Church, the Community Foundation of Whitley County or the Visiting Nurse Foundation of Fort Wayne.

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