Mary Jo Foist


Mary Jo Benefiel Foist, 83, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2016, at Aspen Place Health Campus, where she known was “the First Lady.” She was surrounded with love, by her family, at the time of her passing.

Mary Jo was born May 11, 1932, to George Emmett and Cora Marie (Cox) Benefiel in Columbus, Indiana. She married Kermit Ray Foist January 6, 1951.

Mary Jo was a dental hygienist for Dr. Turner in Columbus for many years. She and her husband then owned and operated Burley’s Liquor Store in Greensburg for 27 years. After retirement, she and her husband spent their time enjoying their family and spending their winters in Florida. During her time of residence at Aspen Place, she touched many lives and brought humor to everyone she met. She was a member of First Christian Church in Burnsville but attended in Greensburg.

Mary Jo is survived by one daughter, Kimberly (Jeff) McShay of Carmel, Indiana; one son, Bruce (Melissa) Foist of St. Paul, Indiana; four grandchildren, Dana, Mitch, Sam and Kelsey; and one great-grandson, Nikolas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and three brothers, Robert W. Benefiel, Dallas E. Benefiel and James M. Benefiel.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Burial will be at  Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made to Aspen Place Health Campus, Greensburg Bread of Life and Our Hospice of Decatur County.

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