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Mary Edith Hovermale May 9, 1928 - Feb. 3, 2019

“You have run the race and now you’re home!” With two of her daughters by her side, Mary quietly and peacefully left her earthly body and entered the gates of Heaven at 1:09 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Marion General Hospital, Marion.

On May 9, 1928, Mary Edith was one of 11 children born in Bath County, Kentucky, to the late William Henry and Sarah Minnie (Moore) Sparks. It’s hard to imagine Mary foreseeing how much her life would change after meeting Horace Monroe Hovermale in her early twenties. On Dec. 22, 1949, the two were married and from their union they created a family of 11 children. Horace preceded her in death on March 20, 2007. Mary was the heart of the family-caring and loving to four generations of Hovermales. She is loved and will be forever missed by her entire family and anyone who met her. Mary was a devoted child of God and active member of Converse United Methodist Church. Her faith leaves a lasting legacy and is an example to all.

Mary is survived by her children, Clark (Geri) Hovermale, Jeff (Brenda) Hovermale, both of Sweetser; Janice Martin, Roy (Cheri) Hovermale, Becky (Steve) Campbell, Adrian (Teresa) Hovermale and Steve (Angela) Hovermale, all of Converse; Bill Hovermale, Fort Wayne, Russell (Judy) Hovermale, Denver; Barbara Kidd, South Bend; grandchildren, Staci Couch, Doug Hovermale, Denise, Stephanie and Jessica Martin, Nathan and Mark Hovermale, Erin and Ryan Hovermale, Adam Hovermale, Sally Highly, Eric and Jacob Hovermale, Bridgette Boswell, Jon, Wes, Cal and Ali Mann, Ember and Edith Kidd; several great-grandchildren.

The Celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Converse Church of Christ, 301 E. Wabash, Converse, with the Revs. Jim Otis and Nick Smith officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in the church. An additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Larrison-Martin Chapel, 308 E. Marion St., Converse, Indiana, was entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.owenweilertduncan.com.