Obituaries, April 3, 2024

Written on 04/03/2024
Patrick Munsey

Ruth Helen Anderson

MAY 22, 1922 – MARCH 29, 2024

A public visitation for Ruth will be held Friday, April 5, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, 2097 W. Alto Road, Kokomo, Indiana 46902. Following the public visitation will be a funeral service at 1:30 PM at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home.

Charlene “Sherry” Joy Moore

Charlene “Sherry” Joy Moore, 90, of Kokomo, passed away 11:42 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2024, at Primrose in Kokomo. She was born in Dowagiac, MI, on May 3, 1933, the daughter of the late Paul. E. DeGaramo and Verna L. (Bettenhauser) DeGaramo Eldred. On February 1, 1953, she married John Wilkins Moore in Vestal, New York, and he survives.

Sherry was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Monticello, IN. She was the ultimate caretaker and homemaker. She was a kind and sweet lady whose top priority was her family. Sherry was a faithful member of The ConneXion Church where she was involved with the Ladie’s Circle. She was an avid Purdue Boilermakers fan and she enjoyed playing golf. Sherry found joy in traveling in their RV and spending their winters in Florida.

In addition to her husband of 71 years John Moore, she is survived by her children, Ronald P. (Debby) Moore, Robert A. (Linda) Moore, Julie A. (Ted) Jarvis; brother, Richard (Barb) DeGaramo; grandchildren, Amy (Scott) O’Hair, Ryan (Shammie) Moore, Craig (Katie) Moore, Melissa (Rob) Corbett, Ryan (Valerie) Cousins, Nate (Emily) Jarvis, Alysha Jarvis, Connor (Kate) Jarvis; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul DeGaramo and Verna DeGaramo Eldred; and brother, Paul “Cappy” Edward DeGaramo.

Sherry’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Brenda, Manda, Paradigm Hospice, and the staff at Primrose for their excellent and loving care that they provided to her.

Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. to Noon Saturday April 6, 2024, at The ConneXion Church, 700 East Southway Blvd., Kokomo, IN 46902. Funeral service will begin at Noon on Saturday at the church with Pastor Sam Padgett officiating. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Sherry’s memory to The ConneXion Church. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Frances K. Elliot

Frances K. Elliot, a beloved member of the Kokomo community, passed away on March 29. She known for her kindness, compassion, and unwavering positivity that touched the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Frances was born on October 12, 1952, and spent her life spreading love and joy to those around her. Her impact on her family and friends will always be remembered with fondness and admiration.

She will be deeply missed by her surviving family members. Frances also leaves behind a host of friends who will forever cherish the time they shared with her.

Services to honor and celebrate Frances's life will be held at the Disciples of Christ in Kokomo. A viewing will take place on April 6 starting at 11:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 p.m. The services aim to commemorate Frances's life, legacy, and the love she shared with everyone she knew.

In remembrance of Frances K Elliot, let us celebrate the joy she brought into our lives, the kindness she showed to all, and the lasting memories she created. May she rest in peace knowing she was truly loved and will never be forgotten.

Marjorie W. “Marge” Maggard

Marjorie W. “Marge” Maggard, 92, Rochester, passed away at 8:47 pm Sunday, March 31, 2024, at Wynnfield Crossing in Rochester. She was born May 14, 1931, in Glasgow, KY, the daughter of the late Howard & Beulah (Bartley) Wiley. On May 15, 1948, she married William “Bill” Maggard who preceded her in death on August 4, 2009.

Marge retired in 1989 from Delco Electronics after 30 years of service. She was a member of Center Road Church of Christ and enjoyed wintering in Florida with her husband, Bill.

Marge is survived by her son, Rollin “Bud” (Monica) Maggard; grandchildren, Julie Harmon, Scott (Missy) Maggard, Michelle (Steve) Arnold, Jennifer (Amy) Maggard, Amy (Lee) Till, Chris (Jim) Trine, Billy (Rachel) Maggard and Carl (Ginny) Hughes, along with several great and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Maryjane (Harold) Taylor; sister-in-law, Delzia Wiley.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; daughter, Judith Elmore; siblings, Lorene Taylor, Harley Wiley, John Wiley and Eugene Wiley.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, with Pastor Lynn Brust officiating. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1-3 pm Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Marge’s memory to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, or PO Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5028. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Paulette Sue Browning

Paulette Sue Browning, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away on March 30, 2024, in Kokomo, Indiana. She was a source of light and love to all who knew her.

Paulette was born on March 20, 1947, and from that day forth, she brought joy and kindness into the world. Her presence brought warmth to the lives of her family and friends, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the fortune of crossing paths with her.

She is survived by her loving children and grandchildren, who will forever cherish the memories they shared with her. Paulette's legacy of compassion and generosity will live on through them as they continue to embody the values she held dear.

The viewing and funeral service to honor Paulette's life will be held on April 13, 2024, starting at 10:00 AM for the viewing and 11:00 AM for the funeral service at Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church in Kokomo, Indiana. It will be a time for all who knew Paulette to come together, share stories, and find solace in each other's company as they bid farewell to a remarkable woman.

Paulette will be deeply missed but never forgotten. May she rest in eternal peace knowing that she was cherished by many and that her memory will continue to live on in the hearts of those who loved her.

Cynthia Diane Pendergrass

In honor of Cynthia Diane Pendergrass my sister, an emblem of loving care, a giving spirit, and helper with great strength and love, departed from this side of life into a new destination Sunday, March 17, 2024.

Cynthia gave her heart to Jesus Christ many years ago and she loved “The Beatitudes” in Bible. She was a success in fulfilling many of her dreams, such as making her own clothes, sewing for others and gardening. She loved to play the piano and other musical instruments. It calmed her soul.

Cynthia worked for Indiana Bell here in Kokomo. She was a proficient worker with a humble heart and humorous character.

Cynthia had been mentally ill for many years, but it didn’t stop her from reaching out to help others in their time of need. I personally thank everyone who has been kind and understanding to my sister when her mind was confused and her actions unbalanced. Thanks to everyone who has prayed and helped Cynthia through all these years. God heard our prayers and there is no failure in God.

Cynthia leaves to cherish her memory her sister Lela Pendergrass, nephew Spencer Pendergrass, with other family members and friends.