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Marilyn Louise Petty

Marilyn Louise Petty, 91, of Rushville, IN, formerly of North Fort Myers, FL and North Vernon, IN, passed away at 11:45 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021, at the home of her daughter’s in Rushville. Born on February 24, 1929, in Jefferson County, IN, Marilyn was the loving daughter of John and Mary (Gray) Estes. She was united in marriage to Robert Petty on January 26, 1947. He preceded her in death on March 27, 1999. Marilyn is survived by daughters Shelia (Emerson) Brooks of North Vernon, KImberly (Dan) Shanahan of Rushville and Kerry (Tony) Pierce of Indianapolis; one son Kevin Petty of Ocala, FL; brother Robert Estes of North Fort Myers, FL; sister Martha Brown of Madison; nine grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Estes; husband Robert Petty; granddaughter, Stacy Brooks, two baby sons and a special friend, Joel Rarden.
Marilyn graduated from Hanover High School in 1947. She had worked at Jefferson County Proving Grounds for 24 years before moving and retiring from the Veterans Outpatient Clinic in Fort Myers, FL in 1989. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, shuffleboard and crossword puzzles. Her greatest passion was music, when she played for church and the choir. Marilyn was a member of the Red Hatters, The First United Methodist Church in North Vernon and the Bayshore Community Chapel in North Ft. Myers, FL.


A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service in North Vernon. Rev. Connie Barr will officiate. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Madison, IN. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service. Memorials can be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana and/or American Cancer Society. Friends and family are invited to light a candle or leave a message of condolence in Marilyn’s memory at www.sawyerfuneralservice.com.