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Obituary: Marylu Delph, Columbus

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Marylu M. Delph, 80, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Marylu was born in Mutual, Ohio to Harry and Alta Freeman and adopted shortly after birth by her uncle and aunt, Floyd and Alice Merrill of Springfield, Ohio. She graduated from Springfield High School and attended Bowling Green University. She married Thomas Delph (Tom) in 1970 in Indianapolis.

After moving to Columbus in 1994, Marylu was active as a volunteer with the Indianapolis Museum of Art/Columbus, the Bartholomew County Historical Society, the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) program, Bartholomew County Library book sale and Volunteers in Medicine. She was also active in Columbus Service League.

Marylu lived most of her life in Indianapolis and Zionsville. She was a member of the choir at St. Luke’s Methodist Church. She was office manager of the Indianapolis Racquet Club for several years, from its inception. She also worked for Acacia National Fraternity and Kiwanis International.

She enjoyed going on cruises, especially with Tom and her sister and brother-in-law. They went on many cruises including Alaska, Tahiti, Europe, the Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean. One highlight was a Caribbean cruise over the millennium with her children, their families and grandchildren – 20 in all.

Marylu and her husband were active in breeding and showing German Shepherds. They showed their dogs, which included two champions, around the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. She is survived by her husband of almost 43 years; sister, Caroline Platau (Gerard); daughters, Sara Elizabeth Gifford (Page), Carol Lynn Williams (Stan), Kimberly Susan Freeman (Pamela); a son, Bill Delph; stepdaughters, Debbi Cox (Tom), Stephanie Jane Haroldson (Mike), Angela Kaye Remaklus (Jim); and other son, Dane Danner.

Grandchildren include Justin Gifford (Caroline), Zachary Gifford, Dane Delph, Travis Farrington (Crystal), Zane Williams, Peyton Priestman, Rick Ellsworth (Bobbi), Audra Grzelak, Elizabeth Murphy (Ben) and Will Haroldson; and great-granddaughter Karleigh Ellsworth. She is also survived by several nephews and nieces.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted at Hathaway-Myers Chapel, 1022 Pearl St., on Saturday, February 2. Visiting with family will be from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a memorial service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, the Bartholomew County Humane Society, RIF Endowment or the charity of your choice.

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