Margaret Simerly Whitson

Margaret Simerly Whitson, age 86, of Greenfield, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at Golden Living Center, “Brandywine,” in Greenfield. Born on Aug. 22, 1925, in Sullivan County, Tenn., she was the daughter of Frank and Lillie (Beeler) Simerly.

Mrs. Whitson formerly owned and operated the Swan Dry Cleaners. She had previously attended Grace Wesleyan Church. Mrs. Whitson enjoyed collecting antiques and loved country music.

Survivors include her daughters, Janie (Steve) Bennett of Greenfield, Patti Mitchell of Shelbyville; sons, Lew (Kris) Whitson of Indianapolis, Benny (Shirley) White of Shelbyville; brother, Ray Simerly of Bristol, Tenn.; ten grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Whitson married Clarence E. Whitson, and he preceded her in death in January of 1977. She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; four sisters; and granddaughter, Barbie White.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Funeral services will take place at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 6415 Castleway West Drive, Suite 114, Indianapolis, IN 46250.

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