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Obituary: Martha Topliff, Gas City

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Martha J. (Parson) Topliff, 92, Gas City, died at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at her residence.

She was born in Green Twp., Grant County, Indiana to the late John and Dora (Ratliff) Parson. Martha was a 1939 graduate of Fairmount High School where she graduated salutatorian of her class. She married Marion C. Topliff on October 23, 1943. He preceded her in death on February 18, 1998.

She and her husband co-owned the Ben Franklin store in Gas City for 42 years. Martha previously worked at Owens-Illinois glass factory and was a long-time active member of the First Baptist Church, Gas City where she served as deaconess, church clerk, Sunday school teacher and belonged to the Missionary Society. She enjoyed crafts, especially needlework and sewing. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

The funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013 at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Storey Chapel, 400 E. Main St., Gas City, Indiana with Pastor Ed Brown officiating. Burial will be in Grant Memorial Park, Marion. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Judith A. (Larry) Alexander  of Columbus; a son, Gilbert C. (Diane) Topliff of Gas City; grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris) Shifflett, Amber (Justin) Helt, Lance Alexander, Kristina Anthony, and Todd (Tamara) Topliff; great-grandchildren, Josiah, Reuben, Mckenna, Jordyn, Lucas, Landon, and Lydia; siblings, Ruth Voorhis ofGreentown, Marilyn (Gerry) Moore of Syracuse, and Sue Jacks  of Clinton; many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Dora Parson; her husband, Marion C. Topliff; a brother, Maurice Parson; and a sister, Mildred Hughes.

Memorial contributions may be directed to First Baptist Church, 204 E. South A Street, Gas City, IN 46933.

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