Marcia Bavender

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How do you sum up the life of an amazing woman? How do you convey how full of life she was, how much she loved her husband, her children and their spouses, her grandchildren, her siblings and her friends? How do you describe a smile that made everyone feel they were so lucky to be around her? How do you characterize a woman who was a surrogate mother to so many, and who made friends with complete strangers, taking time to hear about their lives?

Marcia Bavender was all of those things and more. Sadly, her family lost this beautiful woman November 28, 2023.

Marcia was born in LaGrange on May 20, 1946, to Howard and Eileen Morton and was the youngest of six siblings.

Marcia was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Lois Caldwell.

Marcia is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Spencer Bavender; and their children, Christine (Robert) Jennings, Noblesville; Cheri (Ned) Sutton, Indianapolis; Tina (John) Bales, Indianapolis; Michael (Jennifer) Bavender, Fishers; and Matthew (Samantha) Bavender, Indianapolis.

Marcia’s favorite role was that of grandmother to Gabrielle, William, Michael, Jessica, Jordan, Grace, Jake, Sofie, Ben, and her newest granddaughter, Isla.

Marcia is also survived by her sisters, Marilyn Morton, Sheila Sachen and Donna (Gerry) York; her brother Jim (Diana) Morton; her sisters-in-law Sheila Lee, and Sharon (Jerry)Tomey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Spending time with her sisters for long girls’ weekends was something Marcia always looked forward to – especially Shipshewana Pajama Days.

She cherished her Euchre club friends and while the group didn’t play cards in recent years, they still enjoyed dinners together.

Marcia was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Fortville. She enjoyed her Bible study group, and helping

with church activities. She formerly was a long-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Muncie.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, December 5, at Seals Funeral Home in Fortville, followed by a funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Fortville. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Marcia’s name may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.