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Obituary: Carrie Etta McCullough, Indianapolis


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Carrie Etta McCullough, 87, of Indianapolis, passed away at 4:57 a.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014, at Community Heart & Vascular Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born December 11, 1926, in Anderson, the daughter of J. Elmer and Ettie Irene (Seal) Black. She was raised in Westport.

After raising her family, she returned to work in various machine shops and retired in 1986 from Mitchell & Scott in Indianapolis. During World War II, she sewed pea coats for the military. She was a member of Chapter 159 of Order of Eastern Star and she and her beloved husband, Harold, belonged to numerous organizations and clubs.

Etta was a loving woman who built a close family network. Her kind nature extended beyond her family and she welcomed many others into her home when a hand up was needed. In retirement years, Etta studied herbology, made quilts and utilized her sewing skills. Then she learned to bead and made jewelry which she gave away freely to all those who touched her life.

She married her husband of 69 years, Harold A. McCullough, January 3, 1945, at Westport Baptist Church, and he survives.

Other survivors include her daughter, Pamela (Norm) Ladd of Bloomington; her sons, Wayne L. McCullough of Indianapolis and Robert G. (Dorothea) McCullough of Champagne, Illinois; her sisters, Laura Ellen Wright of Greensburg and Judith Collen Grider of Columbus; her brothers, Elmer Lee (Mary) Black of Greensburg, Marvin Gale Black of Oklahoma, John Albert (Janet) Black of Greensburg, and James Eugene (Rebecca) Black of Franklin, Indiana; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Jeanette S. Walton; and a sister, H. Eilene Thompson.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport with Mary Ellen Perkins officiating. Burial will follow at Westport Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held Thursday from noon until time of the service and an Order of Eastern Star service will be held at 1:45 p.m.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.bassgasper.com.

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