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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – July/August 2013

BRINDLE Linda J. Brindle, 62, died, on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital following a three year journey with cancer. Linda was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey on March 9, 1951, the daughter of Quaker Missionaries, Lawrence “Larry” and Lucille (Brotherton) Pickard, but was raised in Council House, Oklahoma. She was a graduate of Friends University, Wichita, Kansas and earned a Master’s Degree at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. Mrs. Brindle worked for many years for United Methodist Publishing House; first, as a Cokesbury Store Manager, before becoming the Northeast Sales Representative for Abingdon Press until her retirement. She remained active among Quakers after her retirement. She was a Recorded Minister in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Linda served as Pastor in Indiana Yearly Meeting at Salem Friends Meeting, near Liberty, Indiana, and also served as Pastor of Fountain City Friends Meeting of Indiana Yearly Meeting. She enjoyed reading and travel, especially traveling to England and Ireland. Linda also loved family times especially with her daughter and granddaughter. Survivors include her husband David Brindle, Muncie, Indiana; a daughter, Ruth Brindle Dobyns, (special friend-Lynn Beatty), Wilmington, Ohio; a granddaughter, Emma Katherine Dobyns, Wilmington, Ohio; a sister, Ann Smith, (husband-Max), Hagerstown, Indiana; three brothers, Kent Pickard, (wife-Nancy), Wilmington, Ohio, Clair Pickard, (wife-Patti), Baker City, Oregon, and Dan Pickard, (wife-Pam), Joplin, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

INGRAHAM Bruce Ingraham, 62, of the Tellico Village Community in Loudon, Tennessee died on April 8, 2013. Bruce was a member of the Community Church at Tellico Village and a long-time member of Wabash Friends Church in Wabash, Indiana. He was an avid golfer and pikleball player. Bruce retired on August 12, 2012 as President of Beacon Credit Union where he served for 32 years. He also served as a board member on the Honeywell Foundation, White’s Residential and Family Services Board, Wabash County Fair Board and was a 30-plus year member of Kiwanis. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jo Ingraham and step-mother, Edith Ingraham. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Ingraham; daughters, Christina Ingraham and Stephanie (Brandon) Marrs; granddaughter, Maysiena all of Florida; father, Charles Ingraham of Columbus, Ohio; brother, Ted (Phoebe) Ingraham; sister, Charlotte (Doug) Roark; step-children, Nelly (Matt) DeVault and Nicholas Nehring; and three grandchildren, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Rebekah DeVault.

KINSEY Frances Jean Kinsey, age 67 of Sheridan, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Born In Clinton, Indiana on April 10, 1946, she was the daughter of Everett Ellsworth and Ruby Ethel (Bridgewaters) Daves. Frances was a pastor in congregations in Indiana and Ohio. She retired from ministry in 2012. She became a recorded minister of Western Yearly Meeting in 1987. Frances was a member of Sheridan Friends Meeting of Western Yearly Meeting and was a life-time member of the Eliza Armstrong Cox Fellowship. Frances received a B.A. from Wilmington College in 1980 and a master’s degree in Marriage & Family Counseling in 1985. Her husband, William George Kinsey, whom she married on September 2, 196,7 survives her. Also surviving are sons. Matthew (Jeanine) Kinsey of Coral Springs, Florida and David (Rosie) Kinsey of Sheridan, Indiana; six grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Steven Daves, her sister, Doris Morgan and one granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Kinsey.

LEONARD Bonnie V. Leonard, 93, died October 25, 2012, in Crawfordsville, Indiana. She and her husband, Garnett, were members of Tangier Friends Meeting in Tangier, Indiana. She was born on a farm in Edgar County, Illinois, on December 9, 1918, the daughter of Charles E. and Lottie M. (Tresner) Hall. The family moved to a farm in Greene Township, Parke County, Indiana, where Bonnie graduated from Greene Township High School in 1936. On December 31, 1936, she married Garnett D. Leonard and began a farming life of 64 years together that ended with his death on December 8, 2000. She also worked for 13 years in the Tangier post office. After Garnett’s death she moved to Crawfordsville, Indiana to be closer to her children. Her greatest satisfaction was working with Garnett on the farm and raising her family, but she had many interests. She was an avid reader to the last, when she was almost blind and used a magnifying machine to see individual words. She enjoyed and was known around the community for her crocheting, rug weaving, and quilting. At Crawfordsville she created quilts for the Binky Patrol, a firefighter support group, who gave them to children whose homes had burned. She also made them for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as long as she could do that. In addition, she liked stamp collecting and researching family history. Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers Donn L. and William D.; sister, Mildred Johnson and an infant sister, Virginia Ruth. Surviving are her children: Robert (Barbara), Virginia Van Hook, Vivian Bartley, David (Joyce), and Gary (Gayle); 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren, all of whom she enjoyed immensely.

LOWE Janiece Keller Lowe was born in Chatham County, North Carolina on February 2, 1919 the daughter of the late Murphy and Susie (Cooper) Keller. She was a homemaker, a member of Rocky River Friends Meeting of North Carolina Yearly Meeting and the Believers Sunday School Class. Janiece enjoyed the outdoors and took great pride in her garden and yard work. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel B. Lowe; brothers, Garland and Carlos Keller; sisters, Gertrude Wicker and Inez Moon. She is survived by two daughters: Linda L. McPherson and husband, Jimmy, Shirley L. Williams and husband, Bobby; two sons: Wayne Lowe and wife, Pat, James Lowe and wife, Sylvia, all of Siler City, North Carolina; two sisters: Nannie Mae Hinshaw of Siler City, North Carolina, Lottie Carter of Liberty, North Carolina; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

MORIVIVI Fabio. (Cuba) We called Fabio Moriviví (dying yet alive). He had more than a few experiences of hospitals and convalescences. And he always came back to be with us in his accustomed place: the Church. He was always joyful, paying careful attention to whoever was bringing a message, no matter how young and inexperienced, always seeking to encourage them. Fabio was the youngest and the eldest of all our family. His proven faithfulness and dedication still inspires those who knew him as a good man in every respect. He came from Chaparra. For many years he was treasurer, monthly meeting clerk, later ministry and counsel clerk. His service to the community was never long in coming. He was always caring to the sick; always on time on Sundays, always faithful in sharing with his sister Josefa Cantón the lessons he had studied in that morning’s Bible School. Even fainting, he was there in the pews, during suppers, during interdenominational gatherings, because the church was his permanent commitment, his first love. We recommended him to the yearly meeting as a minister more than a few times, but we couldn’t overcome his humility and he never accepted because he didn’t feel worthy of that recognition, pointing out his deficiencies as a preacher. But he didn’t need to be recorded; we all knew it anyway, because his life always was the most beautiful sermon, the most inspiring word, the testimony of a life totally given to God. No matter how justified they were, Fabio always explained his absences to the church. I will never forget his joy in Gibara at the yearly meeting centenary; his joyful hugs when the bells rang. Fabio was one of those who lived one day at a time, and God gave him the miracle day by day, despite his delicate health. He had the rare quality of being intimate and dearly loved, of mingling with everyone. We younger Friends held him in deep respect as a hometown prophet. We will continue calling him Moriviví, because we won’t stop seeing him, even though in this moment the separation is painful. I have no doubt that heaven received him with open arms. We will miss him, grateful for having known him as an inspired example who will always be in our midst. (Translation by Benigno Sánchez-Eppler and Susan Furry)

ROBINSON Betty Lou Robinson, left this earth on March 21, 2013 at the age of 91. She had recently been residing at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton, Kansas. Betty was born May 26, 1921 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the League City High School and subsequently married John L. Robinson on June 28, 1939 in Richmond, Texas. John and Betty became the parents of five children who survive: Rebecca (Larry) Edwards, David (Jan) Robinson, Karen (Johnny) Schmidt, Cindy (Guy) Hood and Daniel (Debbie) Robinson. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great great-grandchildren. Betty also became “mother” to the younger siblings of her husband John; Annie Robinson Riley, Daniel D. and Clint Robinson. Betty was homemaker, mother, Sunday School teacher and an effective minister for the Lord. She served alongside her husband in ministry for more than 58 years in seven Friends Churches in Kansas, Texas, and North Carolina, and through the Church Office of Mid America Friends in Wichita. Along the way, she was able to touch lives through her loving remembrances of cards and letters. She loved her rose garden and became widely known for her delicious sourdough cinnamon bread, affectionately called, “Betty Bread.” In her later years, Betty accepted the ministry of prayer, devoting herself to praying fervently for her family members, her church family and for missionaries around the world. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Otto H. II and Louise A. Haardt; husband of 60 years, John L. Robinson; brothers, Otto H. Haardt, III and Albert F. Haardt; sister, Gene Norton; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

YOW Rev. Howard Baach Yow, 100, of Greensboro, North Carolina, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. He was born in Guilford County in North Carolina on September 13, 1912, the second of six sons and a daughter, to Carl Hampton Yow and Lena Lydia Osborne Yow. He graduated from Guilford College and was happily married to Lalah Smith Yow until her death in 1992. He is survived by seven nieces, nine nephews and a large extended family. Howard and Lalah served the Society of Friends for 47 years at North Carolina Quaker churches in Cedar Square, Kernersville, Wayne County, Hood Swamp, Pikesville, Winston-Salem, Liberty, Mount Airy, Bethesda near Dunn and Winthrop at Harmony. Additionally he served in Noblesville, Indiana and five years as Education Administrator of the Friends School in Kenya, West Africa. He was active in the Rotary Club and Boy Scouts. He was an avid reader, photographer, gardener, traveler, hunter, gunsmith, woodworker, long distance bicyclist, as well as an avid stock car race fan who attended all the Indy 500’s during his ministry in Indiana. Howard’s personal motto was: “Service Above Self” and he was especially proud of his ministerial part in the original planning, building and development of Friends Homes at Guilford, North Carolina; the family is very grateful for the loving care which he received from the staff there for the last 14 years of his life.