Indiana McCaslins

Beulah Mae HolcombAge: 104 years19042009

Name
Beulah Mae Holcomb
Married name
Beulah Mae Mardis
Married name
Beulah Mae Witt
Birth November 29, 1904 45 39
Source: Find a Grave
Death of a half-sisterClara Devore
May 13, 1906 (Age 17 months)
Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Burial of a half-sisterClara Devore
after May 13, 1906 (Age 17 months)
Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Note: Greenlawn Cemetery, Section Payn, Row 15, Stone 6
Census 1910 (Age 5 years)
Census 1920 (Age 15 years)
Birth of a son
#1
Dean Holcomb Mardis
December 24, 1925 (Age 21 years)
Death of a fatherJohn Zenas Holcomb
August 5, 1929 (Age 24 years)

Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Burial of a fatherJohn Zenas Holcomb
after August 5, 1929 (Age 24 years)
Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Note: Greenlawn Cemetery, Section Payn, Row 15, Stone 2
Census 1930 (Age 25 years)
Death of a husbandHubert Elisha Mardis
January 25, 1936 (Age 31 years)

Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Burial of a husbandHubert Elisha Mardis
January 27, 1936 (Age 31 years)
Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Note: Greenlawn Cemetery, Section Payn, Row 14, Stone 2 (Find A Grave Memorial# 82177516)
Census 1940 (Age 35 years)
Death of a motherHattie Alexander
March 2, 1946 (Age 41 years)

Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Burial of a motherHattie Alexander
after March 2, 1946 (Age 41 years)
Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Note: Greenlawn Cemetery, Section Payn, Row 15, Stone 3
MarriageHerman Harry WittView this family
May 27, 1956 (Age 51 years)
DivorceHerman Harry WittView this family
January 27, 1960 (Age 55 years)
Death of a husbandHerman Harry Witt
December 5, 1979 (Age 75 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Death of a sonDean Holcomb Mardis
September 12, 2000 (Age 95 years)
Death March 8, 2009 (Age 104 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Burial March 13, 2009 (5 days after death)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Greenlawn Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 34670177)
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: about 1903
23 months
herself
Mother’s family with James H Devore - View this family
step-father
mother
Marriage: December 17, 1885, Johnson, Indiana
16 months
half-sister
Clara Devore
Birth: April 5, 1887 31 21Indiana
Death: May 13, 1906Needham, Johnson, Indiana
17 months
half-brother
Family with Hubert Elisha Mardis - View this family
husband
herself
son
daughter
Private
son
Private
daughter
Private
Family with Herman Harry Witt - View this family
ex-husband
herself
Marriage: May 27, 1956, Johnson, Indiana
Divorce: January 27, 1960, Johnson, Indiana

BirthFind a Grave
Census1910 US Federal Census
Census1920 US Federal Census
Census1930 US Federal Census
Census1940 US Federal Census
DeathFind a Grave
BurialFind a Grave
Burial

Greenlawn Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 34670177)

Shared note

In the 1910 US Federal Census for Needham, Johnson, Indiana, 51-year-old Illinois-born John Holcomb and his 44-year-old Indiana-born wife Hattie D [Alexander Devore] Holcomb have been married seven years. Hattie has borne three children, but only one 5-year-old Indiana-born Beulah M Holcomb is living. John owns the land (but with a mortgage) on which he is doing general farming. John and Hattie are literate and speak English. Beulah has not attended school in the past year. John's parents were born in Illinois; Hattie's father was born in Tennessee and her mother in Indiana; Beulah's father was born in Illinois and her mother in Indiana.

In the 1920 US Federal Census for Needham, Johnson, Indiana, 61-year-old, Illinois-born John Z Holcomb and his 54-year-old, Indiana-born wife Hattie [Alexander Devore] Holcomb have in their household their 15-year-old, Indiana-born daughter Beulah. The family is living on a farm on Greensburg Road that John owns, but with a mortgage. All three are literate and speak English. Beulah has attended school in the past year. John is doing general farming. John's parents were born in Illinois; Hattie's parents were born in Tennessee [sic]; Beulah's father was born in Illinois and her mother in Indiana.

In the 1926 Polk's Lincoln, Illinois City Directory, Hubert E Mardis is a batteryman for Langelier Motor Co. His residence is 420 Lincoln Ave, where he lives with his wife Beulah [Holcomb] Mardis.

1930 US Federal Census for Needham, Johnson, Indiana records 64-year-old, Indiana-born widow Hattie Holcomb has in her household, her 29-year-old, Indiana-born son-in-law Hubert Mardis, her 24-year-old, Indiana-born daughter Beulah (Holcomb) Mardis, and her Indiana-born grandchildren, 4-year-old Dean H. and 3-year-old Norma J. Hattie is a farmer doing general farming. Hubert is an office clerk for an oil company. Huber and Beulah were married when he was 24- and she was 20-years-old. The adults are literate and speak English. Hattie's father was born in Tennessee and her mother in Indiana. Hubert's father was born in Kentucky and his mother in Indiana. Beulah's father was forn in Illinois and her mother in Indiana. The children's parents were born in Indiana.

The 1940 US Federal Census for Needham, Johnson, Indiana records 74-year-old, Indiana-born widow Hattie Holcomb, her 35-year-old, Indiana-born widowed daughter Beulah Mardis, and Beulah's Indiana-born children, 14-year-old Dean, 13-year-old June, 10-year-old John and 3-year-old Margaret. The family was living in the same house on a farm in 1935. Hattie has completed eighth grade, Beulah has completed four years of college, Dean has completed eighth grade, June has completed seventh grade, John has completed fourth grade, and Margaret has not attended school. No one is employed or looking for work. Hattie and Beulah have an outside source of income.

Franklin Evening Star, Wednesday,

November 30, 1949, page 8 column 4

PERSONAL

and LOCAL ITEMS

Mrs Beulah Mardis and daughter, Margaret, and Mrs. Andrew Wood and son, Drew, have returned from Racine, Wis. where they have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mardis and son, Gary Dean.

The Daily Journal, Saturday, November 26, 1977, page 3 column 1-2 Shiloh news Mrs. June Wood hosted a birthday dinner for Drew Wood Wednesday evening. Other guests were Mrs. Wood and children, Mrs Beulah Mardis, Margaret Mardis and Karen Kenyon. Mrs. Beulah Mardis and Mrs. June Wood were dinner guests Thursday of Mr. and Mrs. John Mardis and family of Kinder. Dinner guests Thursday evening of Mrs. Beulah Mardis were Mr, and Mrs. Steve Madis, Mr. Dean Mardis, Mr. and Mrs. Drew Wood and children, Mr. and Mrs. John Mardis and daughter, Mrs. June Wood and Miss Margaret Mardis. Mrs. Amy (Mardis) Manring and son of Colorado Springs Colorado, are house guests of Mrs. Beulah Mardis. It wlll be a family reunion of the Dean Mardis family in seven years.

The Daily Journal, Saturday, June 21, 1980, page 10 column 3 Shiloh News By Frances Glassburn Beulah Mardis, June Wood, Margaret Mardis, Mr. and Mrs. Drew Wood and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Mardis, Chris Curry, and Georgette Winkle and daughter, Paula enjoyed a camping trip last weekend at "Acres of Fun" at Riley Village.

The Daily Journal, Saturday, August 13, 1988, page 18 column 1 Shiloh Beulah Mardis hosted a birthday dinner Sunday evening for Margaret Mardis at her home. Guests included Leland Campbell of Galesburg, Ill.; Louise Thomas of Aquawka, Ill,; Mr. and Mrs. John Mardis; Mr and Mrs. Rex Mardis and Kevin; June Wood; and Mr. and Mrs. Drew Wood, An- drew and friend, Leslie. Monday evening dinner guests of Beulah Mardis were Mr. and Mrs. Lee Campbell of Pittsburgh.

The Daily Journal, Thursday, December 31, 1998, page 3 column 1 Shiloh news Beulah and Margaret Mardis and June Wood hosted a Christmas break- fast for Pastor Williams and family, Joanne Hendrickson and son, Vaughn Hoban and Drew Wood.

The Daily Journal, Saturday, November 4, 2000, page 25 columns 1-2 SHILOH NEWS

Beulah and Margaret Mardis and June Wood recently visited her great-granddaughter, Catherine Jean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Joseph Wood of Fort Mitchell, Ky.

The Daily Journal, Friday, January 12, 2001, page 6 column 6 SHILOH NEWS

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Wood and family of Fort Mitchell, Ky., were weekend guests of Beulah Mardis and June Wood. On Sunday afternoon, Margaret and Beulah Mardis and June Wood attended the "starving artist' exhibit at the Holiday Inn Indianapolis at the airport.

The Daily Journal, Saturday, July 6, 2002, page 20 column 3 SHILOH NEWS

Mrs. Andrew J. Wood and chil- dren, Catie and Jacob, visited Beulah Mardis and June Wood during the weekend.

Obituary - Franklin Daily Journal - 10 Mar 2009 Beulah Mae Holcomb Mardis Beulah Mae Holcomb Mardis, 104, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, at the Franklin United Methodist Community health care center after a short illness. She was a lifelong resident of Franklin.

She was born Nov. 29, 1904, to John Zenas and Hattie (Alexander) Holcomb. She married Hubert E. Mardis, who preceded her in passing in January 1936.

Survivors include two daughters, June (Andrew) Wood and Margaret Mardis, both of Franklin; a son, John (Ollie) Mardis of Bargersville; six grandchildren, Andrew M. Wood and Angie Mardis-Hughes, both of Franklin, Gary Mardis of Jim Falls, Wis., Amy (Mardis) Hazelett of Raymond, Kan., Carol (Mardis) Kusters of Omaha, Neb., and Rex Mardis of Indianapolis; 14 great-grandchildren, Kelly (Wood) Edwards, Andy Joe Wood, Kevin Mardis, Riley Mardis-Hughes, Daniel, Michelle and Trevor Mardis, Lynn, Lori and Nathan Manring, Joshua and Matthew Kusters and Steven and Michael Mardis; and 21 great-great grandchildren.

Mrs. Mardis' son, Dean H. Mardis, and his son Steven both died in 2000.

Mrs. Mardis lived on the farm where she was born and lived in the same house for 102 years. It is located on Greensburg Road in the Shiloh community. She was a longtime member of Shiloh Community Church, where she taught Sunday school and played the piano. She began attending there as a child with her parents, when the church was Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

She attended School No. 9, a one-room schoolhouse, for six years, then attended Kitty Palmer School (later it became the boys club), moving on to Alva Neal School (Franklin High School) for high school.

She went to Franklin College for two years with the class of '26, then transferred to Madam Blaker school for teachers, which became part of Butler University.

Not realizing her certificate was still valid to teach, she worked at several other jobs. She worked at Arvin and Camp Atterbury, and as head seamstress and made drapes for L.S. Ayres and Co.

She began her teaching career in 1954 at Trafalgar and the next 15 years at Whiteland, teaching third grade and remedial reading.

After retiring, she gave painting lessons in her studio for many years and produced many of her own lovely paintings there as well. She continued her study of art by attending classes at several colleges and universities, once attending a summer school in Guadalajara, Mexico.

When she was 93, she was asked by author Beezer Johnson to design the book cover for his "Franklin, a Pictorial History." She participated in many shows and exhibits, including an extensive exhibition in 2005 at the Johnson County Museum of History. She became a renowned artist in the area.

Mrs. Mardis had current membership in Johnson County Retired Teachers, Daughters of the American Revolution, Hoosier Doll Club and Indiana Farm Bureau. She had been active as both a member and leader in the 4-H club. She was a life member of Franklin Home Extension Club and was active with the Johnson County Museum of History.

She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Shiloh Community Church, 5117 E. Greensburg Road, Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.