Archive for Thursday, July 8, 2004


July 8, 2004


Memorial services for Rev. Ross W. Marrs will be Saturday, July 24, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Bloomington, Ind. Rev. Marrs died July 1, 2004, at Crystal Pines Nursing Home, Crystal Lake, Ill.

He was born May 8, 1946, at Canebrake, W. Va., the son of Rufus W. and Lettie (Spence) Marrs. He graduated from Big Creek High School, War, W. Va. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Marshall University, summa cum laude, in 1955. He was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and Eta Sigma Phi. He received a Bachelor of Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and became an ordained elder in the Methodist Church in June of 1959. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the University of Evansville, Ind. and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Depauw University, Ind.

He married Eugenia Hodge June 14, 1948, at Huntington, W. Va. She survives.

Rev. Marrs served as a United Methodist pastorate in West Virginia and Indiana. He was District Superintendent of the Lebanon District and the Indianapolis West Metropolitan District, Southern Indiana Conference. He was minister of the First United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Ind., for 20 years, before his retirement in 1991. He held numerous chairmanships and served on several boards of Methodist organizations at both state and national levels and was a delegate to the World Methodist Council. He wrote a number of articles for the Christian Advocate and The Clergy Journal. He was a published author of "Be My People."

Survivors include his wife, Jean, two daughters, Krystal Williams, Baldwin City, and Elyce Meador, Crystal Lake, Ill.; three brothers, Randall Marrs, Midlothian, Va., Richard Marrs, Finksburg, Md., and John Marrs, Shreveport, La.; three sisters, Lila Johnson, Tazewell, Va., Margaret Davidson, Greensboro, N.C., and Cheryl Minnick, Franklin Tenn., and seven grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the Marrs Scholarship Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Bloomington, PO Box 936, Bloomington, IN 47402.


Services for Pearl Estella Wolfe, 95, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. today, at Central United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence.

Mrs. Wolfe died Monday, July 5, 2004, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.

She was born March 4, 1909, near Stull, the daughter of John and Bertha Herschell Koehler.

She grew up in Stull, where she joined the Clinton Presbyterian Church. After moving to the Washington Creek area, she joined Washington Creek Church of the Brethren near Lone Star. She lived in Tonganoxie for about six years before moving to Lawrence in 1944. She had been a resident at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor for the past 23 years.

Mrs. Wolfe was a member of the Central United Methodist Church, where she was active in the women's group for many years. She was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and Veterens of Foreign Wars. She was a homemaker.

She married Vincent Laverle Wolfe on Sept. 10, 1930, at Washington Creek Church of the Brethren. He died March 24, 1994.

Survivors include two nephews, Wilton Koehler, Baldwin, and Dale Wulfkuhle, Richland; and five nieces, Linda Anderson and Betty Hase, both of Topeka, Helen Schaake, Muskogee, Okla., Nada Askew, Mechanicsville, Va., and Karen Lee, Falls Church, Va.

Family will receive friends after the service with a luncheon at the church.

The family suggests memorials to the church or to the Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund, sent in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

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