Mary Nicewander Yingling
November 22, 1944 - December 14, 2020
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Mary Nicewander Yingling, 76, was born in Bedford, Indiana, on November 22, 1944, to Dorothy Shirley Nicewander and Bethel Walter Nicewander. Mary earned a BS in Art Education from Purdue University, an MA in Art Education from Ohio State University, and a PhD in Art History from Purdue University. As Mary was moving into her…

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Margaret Kelley left a message on February 2, 2021:
I only heard about Mary's death today and am so sad. We worked together at UT Chattanooga. She was so much fun and brought joy to many occasions. A special thanks to Jessica who kept several of us in touch for several years.
Jan Burkhart left a message on January 6, 2021:
Marydell was my Chi Omega pledge sister at Purdue University. She was a strong voice in the group and provided much laughter with her stories. She contributed her artistic talents to many projects in the house and on campus. We reconnected at a reunion in San Antonio in 2012, and again in 2016 after I moved to the Indianapolis area. We laughed through lunches and glasses of wine as we reminisced about our college years and shared our life stories. Mary was intelligent, talented, independent and fun. I was very sad to read of her passing. My sympathies go to the family members she loved so much.
R. Kurt Nicewander left a message on December 30, 2020:
My beloved sister, Marydell, was a wonderful person, very talented as an artist and teacher. She also was able to travel and live in many interesting places. I am sad that she was unable to continue her gift of portrait art, as she had planned, I plan to remember my wonderful times spent with her and continue to also support the Alzheimer Society and the research in preventing the horrible problem that ended her life too soon.
Ed Alexander left a message on December 21, 2020:
Dear Chris & Jessica: I had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with your Mother when I was the Executive Director of NAMI Indianapolis. She was so much help to me; creative ideas, encouragement, opening doors, everything! It was an honor to know her and fun to laugh with her. My sincere condolences.
Dana Canter/Deborah Leasure left a message on December 19, 2020:
We feel honored to have known your mother Mary! We loved hearing about her adventures, from all over the world, in her extraordinary life. Her laughter, kindness, and words of wisdom are treasured memories. Mary Yingling was a class act like no other! So sorry for your loss of this great lady.
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Maggie Maloney left a message on December 18, 2020:
Dear Jessica, All of your Hallmark ladies wanted to do something for you so we made a group donation to The Nature Conservancy on your mother’s behalf. Please know how much you are in our thoughts and how we all wish we could ease the pain and sorrow of this tremendous loss. We send you our love and deepest condolences. Love, Felicia, Heather, Maggie, Noelle, Raeann, Skye & Tammie
Patsy Nicewander Krieg left a message on December 18, 2020:
Very sad to hear of my cousin's passing. We had such fun times at Uncle Walt and Aunt Dorothy's home on S 28th Street sitting around the kitchen table and the front porch especially. Several years ago Mary Dell and I spent the afternoon talking about our genealogy chart and sharing memories about our family.
Laura Ward left a message on December 18, 2020:
Mary will be missed but I am glad she is finally at peace. I believe she is truly happy as an angel now.
Bradley Dairl left a message on December 18, 2020:
Chris and Jessica my sincere heartfelt condolences to you and the family. Complete sadness to hear of this news. What a wonderful human being your mother. I remember she had the most beautiful art pieces. She had the most eclectic taste in life in the most positive way. A woman of great honor and integrity. She will be sorely missed.
Tanya Lippert left a message on December 18, 2020:
Chris, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. May she rest in peace!
Wendey Stanzler left a message on December 18, 2020:
In memory of Mary Nicewander Yingling, Wendey Stanzler lit a candle
Eric Mcmullen left a message on December 18, 2020:
I met Chris when we were in the 3rd grade and spent a lot of time at the house in Lafayette. I have so many wonderful memories of Mary, her wit, her yellow Volkswagen and her unbelievable patience with our shenanigans. A wonderful person and a great role model for bright professional women. Rest In Peace beautiful Mary.
Jenny left a message on December 18, 2020:
Jessica, Chris, and Eric, This world lost a special angel who was a hell on wheels and a true gift to anyone who was lucky enough to know her! Some of my fondest childhood memories are with you Jess and Marydell! Whether she was taking us for ice cream at Baskin Robbins or cursing like a sailor the time the twenty dollar bill flew away at the ATM, I have nothing but loving and wonderful memories of Mary. She was intelligent, feisty as hell, witty, kind, generous, loving, classy, and above all else loved the three of you beyond measure. I will always have the utmost love, respect and admiration for her. She never took anyone’s BS and had no problem calling a spade a spade! She will forever hold a special place in my heart beside you! You all are an extension of the Rizzo family. I know with certain, she is watching over you and will protect you. She was and is so proud of you and you filled her heart with love and true joy. Love you all and I miss her! ❤️
Margot left a message on December 18, 2020:
She loved a good laugh with her dry wit and sharp mind. As a visionary in her own right, what a great contribution she made to arts education in the teachers, students and as an advocate and mentor to countless teaching artists. She was a wonderful artist, historian and champion of other artists. She was a fashion forward being. She was a memorable and good friend. Her rich legacy will live on in ways seen and unseen as her memory remains. Sincerest condolences.
Jan Hall left a message on December 18, 2020:
She was one of the funniest women I have ever known!
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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