BABCOCK Fern Elaine Carper Babcock, 94, died on October 21, 2014, at her home near Winchester, Indiana. She was born in Winchester on May 5, 1920, the first child of Harry Walter Carper and Vada Berniece (Love) Carper. She was later joined by her sister, Mary Kathleen and brother, William Frederick. They grew up in a rural home northeast of Winchester (the house now owned by Elaine’s daughter Sharon Reynard and her husband Terry). Her father worked for the New York Central Railroad. Elaine received her schooling in the McKinley Schools and spent her hours outside school helping at home with household and gardening chores and with her mother’s egg business. Elaine graduated from McKinley High School in 1938 and soon got a job at Anchor Hocking Glass in Winchester. About five years later, Elaine got acquainted with Raymond Babcock, a soldier in her cousin’s Army unit in Ohio. They exchanged letters for a year, fell in love and got married on August 5, 1944 at her family home. Elaine and Raymond set up housekeeping in a small apartment in Akron, Ohio near Raymond’s father. Raymond was then deployed to Europe for a year in early 1945. Soon after Raymond’s return from the war in March 1946, the Babcocks moved to Winchester where he found work as a welder at Anchor Hocking Glass. They moved back to Akron in 1947 for a year of trade school, then returned in May 1948 to Winchester where Raymond landed employment with New York Central Railroad. Elaine worked alongside him as wife, homemaker and mother to their daughters, Sharon and Carol, born over the next four years. Elaine’s life revolved mostly around her family and faith community. Elaine joined Winchester Friends Church as an 11 year-old in July 1931. She and Raymond became active participants at Winchester Friends and in the William Penn Sunday School Class after their return to Winchester in 1948. Elaine served on several church committees and in the work of the USFW, and her daughters also remember her faithful ministry of prayer for family, church and friends. As an expression of their faith to the community, Elaine and Raymond often worked together as volunteers in the local clothing center and the food pantry. She was a caring, quiet, happy person who loved to be outdoors working in her garden and flowerbeds, enjoyed reading and solving jigsaw puzzles when she had to be indoors. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Raymond Babcock in February 2005, her sister Kathleen Hartzell, and her brother Bill Carper. She is survived by her daughters: Sharon Reynard (husband Terry) and Carol Thornburg (husband Max); by her granddaughters: Laura Noble, Emily Walton, Vicki Morgan and Britni Thornburg Hoover; and by great-grandchildren: Angellica Collins, Thomas Noble, Katherine Noble, Timothy Morgan, Annabel Morgan and Briggs Walton.
CARTER Peter Macauley Carter attended LeGrand Friends Church of Iowa Yearly Meeting faithfully since his birth December 29, 1979. Peter passed away on July 22, 2014, in Marshalltown, Iowa. Peter was born to Jane and Macauley Carter, Jr of Marshalltown, Iowa. He was educated at East Marshall Schools where he received his high school diploma in 1999, at Marshalltown Community College where he received an Associate of Arts degree in 2001 and at Wartburg College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003. Peter was a member of the Boy Scout of America Troop 320 of LeGrand, Iowa from childhood. He was an Eagle Scout and, in recent years, an Assistant Scoutmaster. He was an athletic young man of unusual endurance and physical strength, a man of moderation in habits and tastes, a strong swimmer and triathlete, and a splendid and experienced long distance runner with a long record of distinguished performances in Iowa community road races. Left to cherish Peter’s memory are his parents: Jan and Mac; and his sisters: Catherine, Caroline and Mary Patricia, along with their families.
COOK Marie Cook passed away April 8, 2014. She was a member of Bear Creek Friends Church. Velma Marie Barnett was one of six children born to Bruce & Florence Wright Barnett. She was born on January 27, 1918 in Linden, Iowa. She was very involved in school and graduated with the “All Round Student” medal in 1935. On August 27, 1940, she married Leonard Ortha Cook. They made their home on a farm south of Linden where they resided for 17 years. Marie played the piano and organ for over 70 years at churches in Linden, Bear Creek, Stuart Guthrie Center and filled in several times at Earlham Methodist and Presbyterian Church. She served as a Sunday school teacher & superintendent, treasurer and was a member of the USFW at Bear Creek Friends Church. Marie wrote Bear Creek News for 15 years for three area newspapers. Marie was always willing and able to give a testimony, word of praise or word of gratitude for her Lord and Savior. She had a good and busy life and leaves to celebrate her life four sons: Marven (Melinda) Cook of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Noman Cook of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Marion (Dawn) Cook of Earlham, Iowa and Merlin (Jennifer) Cook of Harleton, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers: Robert (Mary Ellen) Barnett of Newberg, Oregon and Rollin (Velma) Barnet of Salem, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years; her parents; eldest brother, Paul Barnett; sisters: Celine Mendenhall and Wilma Applegate.
MAXSON Leon Maxson, formerly of Redfield, Iowa passed away on July 22, 2014. Leon joined Bear Creek Friends following his marriage to Eloise Coulter in 1963. He is remembered for loving his job as a car salesman in Earlham, Iowa. Leon was preceded in death by his wife Eloise, his parents, both of his sisters and a nephew. Leon is survived by two brothers-in-law: Eldon (Marilyn) and Marvin (Melanie) Coulter; one sister-in-law, Martha Mendenhall; five nieces; one nephew; five great-nieces and nephews; a great-great niece and nephew and many friends who will remember him fondly.
MURCHINSON Marian Kirkman Murchison died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Marian was one of a set of triplets born June 3, 1924 to Clark and Cora John Kirkman of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina. Within a month of the triplets’ birth their mother died. Their beloved aunt, Lelia B. Kirkman assumed the responsibilities, along with their father, rearing the triplets and older brother C. H. Kirkman, Jr. Marian received her formal education at Pleasant Garden High School, Guilford College and graduated from Woman’s College (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) where she received a B.S. degree in home economics. She was employed by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Services and served as Assistant Home Demonstration Agent in Vance County, Henderson, North Carolina. Marian married Victor Murchison, a Quaker minister, September 14, 1947. She was a supportive partner in his ministry for 59 years with Friends meetings in Winston-Salem, Goldsboro, Asheboro and High Point, where she taught in the children’s Sunday School department and sang in the choir. She was an active member of the First Friends Meeting at Greensboro, the North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends, as chairperson of the Christian Education Committee and President of the North Carolina United Society of Friends Women 1970-1973. In addition to her work in the church, Marian served as an active member of the Home Demonstration Club, Guilford County Professional Home Economics Organization and the Greensboro Exchangette Club. She was chairperson of the Flowers and Decorations Committee at Friends Home Guilford where she enhanced the attractive atmosphere of the retirement community. She was preceded in death by her parents, her aunt Lelia Kirkman, her devoted husband Victor Murchison, and brother, C.H. Kirkman, Jr. and triplet brother, Stacy Kirkman. Survivors include her cherished triplet sister, Mary K. Routh (Charles), sister-in-law Frances Kirkman and several beloved nieces and nephews.
STEPHENS Pandora Jones Stephens, 97, of Liberty, North Carolina, passed away October 19, 2014. Pandora was born on July 15, 1917 to the late Arthur McGruder and Bertha Jeannette Jones and was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Binford Stephens and sister, Lucille Andrews. Surviving is her daughter, Brenda Hardison (Jim) of Kinston, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Jennifer Veasey (Jay) and Jeremy Hardison (Amy); four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jordyn Veasey, Ivy and Will Hardison. The family wishes to express their most sincere gratitude to Sherry, Jeff, Brenda, Shirley, Diane and Amy at Magnolia Cottage and Vickie and Pat in Liberty for the compassionate care given to Pandora during her declining health.
TURNER Carolyn Gabel Turner, 85, September 15, 2014, Plainfield Friends Meeting, Indiana. Carolyn was born November 17, 1928 to the late Albert and Ruby Rinkard Gabel. She was the widow of Dean F. Turner. They were married for 59 years and were farmers, where they raised dairy cows, pigs and crops. Carolyn was a graduate of Avon High School and a life-long resident of Washington Township, in Plainfield, Indiana. She was instrumental beginning the first Avon kindergarten and the Hendricks County Meals on Wheels program. She was past president of the Hendricks County Extension Homemakers, Avon Home Economics Club, Plainfield Woman’s Club, Hendricks County Hospital Guild and the Plainfield Quaker Homebuilders. Carolyn was also a Hendricks County precinct committee person, was the recipient of the Avon Citizen of the Year Award for 2008 and the Avon High School Alumnus of the Year in 2011. She and her husband were very involved with the Hendricks County 4-H Fair and the Indiana State Fair. She was a life-time member of Plainfield Friends Meeting, where she was married in 1950. She also served as recording clerk and presiding clerk for the church. Survivors include children: Cynthia (Roy) Simmons, Dean “Rocky” (Cindy) Turner, Jr. and Luanne Turner; grandchildren: Adriane Turner, Ryan (Melissa) Simmons And Gabel Turner; and a great-granddaughter, Amelia Ann Simmons.