Ardis “Ardy” Lovett, 92, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2017, at Brown County Health and Living. She was born Feb. 25, 1925, to Faun Imin (Maxwell) Ohrgren and Anders Emil Ohrgren, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She married Carl Edward Lovett on March 2, 1946, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Carl died in 1979, and Ardy moved to Brown County, Indiana, shortly thereafter, to live with her daughter, Cheryl Kenyon.
In order to make new friends, Ardy began working at the Ragtime Artistry Shop in Nashville, which led to working in the Nashville House Country Store for over 20 years. Ardy never met a stranger and visitors to Brown County would return year after year to buy Nashville House Apple Butter from her. She delighted in receiving Christmas cards and letters from her customers all over the world.
Ardy was a Big Sister in Brown County Big Brothers Big Sisters, was a volunteer on many levels for the Brown County CETA / JTPA programs and Area XI Agency on Aging, was a member of Sycamore Valley Senior Center and was a participant in Indiana Senior Community Employment Services. She also marched in the Nashville Spring Blossom Parade for many years and won first prize dressed as an early Brown County Settler leading the famous donkey, Bandit, in 1985.
She wrote poems for all occasions, wrote children’s stories and dabbled in painting. She was a proud “Rosie the Riveter” at Akron, Ohio’s Goodyear Aerospace Division during WWII, where she worked on Corsair fighter plane parts and tested parachute chords. She was previously active in the Catholic Church, Girl Scouts, the American Heart Association and Brown County Salvation Army.
She will be missed by daughter, Cheryl Ann (Thomas) Kenyon of Nashville, Indiana; and son James Anders (Kimberly) Lovett of Abingdon, Virginia. She also leaves sister, Marilyn Jean (Ohrgren) Sechrist of California; grandchildren Brianna, Jared and Rebecca; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Per her wishes, she has been cremated. There will be a “Family and Friends Gathering” at Kenyon’s Blossom Valley Farm in the Spring, to honor a life well-lived.
The family wishes to thank Harold Cameron and the staff of Nashville Home Helpers, nurses Kathy and Rachael of Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, and especially the compassionate staff at Brown County Health and Living, who gave Ardy reasons to smile every day.
In Ardy’s memory, the family suggests contributions to Brown County Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1717, Nashville, Indiana 47448. Ardy was a proud bell-ringer during the holidays and always supported the good work of the Salvation Army.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.BondMitchellFuneralHome.com.