Jan. 8, 1931 – Oct. 21, 2021
Rebecca Lou “Becky” Mendenhall, 90, passed away at her home in Sheridan, Ind. on Thursday morning, Oct. 21, 2021.
Born in Noblesville, on Jan. 8, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Russel Warren and Anna Mildred (Goff) Bailey.
Mrs. Mendenhall was a 1949 graduate of Sheridan High School and was a member of the East Union Christian Church. She and her husband, Red, were married in January of 1949. She worked as a line inspector, as well as in the laboratory for IMMI, retiring from the company in 1995 after 25 years of dedicated service.
Mrs. Mendenhall was the undisputed leader of the Mendenhall family. In addition to her already busy life, she found time to raise her family, and assist her husband with their farming responsibilities. She was a loving mother and dedicated farmwife, but “Grandma Becky” was the role she cherished the most. Mrs. Mendenhall was a master quilter, and lovingly hand stitched quilts for all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her passion and talent for quilting will be a lasting reminder of the love she shared with her friends and family.
Mrs. Mendenhall loved to travel. She and her husband enjoyed camping throughout the years; however, as she got older, the cold Indiana winters seemed less and less appealing. She effortlessly transformed into a snowbird, finding her way down to Florida for many a winter. Her Florida trips slowly started to migrate to the west, Texas to be exact, where she would meet up with her friends and fellow snowbirds, Dort and Pokey Pickett. Mrs. Mendenhall also loved working puzzles, cheering on her Colts and Pacers and spending as much time as she could with her grand-dog, Lucy.
Survivors include her sons, Bill (Debbie) Mendenhall of Danielsville, Ga. and Gary L. (Shirley E.) Mendenhall of Tipton; daughter, Pam (Dennis) Pickard of Sheridan; daughter-in-law, Colleen (Bruce) Mendenhall-Freeman of Cicero; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brother, Warren David Bailey of Pickard; sisters, Patty Thomas McFarland of Kirklin, Bobbie Sturdevant of Westfield, Carolyn Heffelmire of Bunker Hill, Sharon Sue Heffelmire of Westfield and Janice Kay Harris of Sheridan; many nieces and nephews; and by her loving companion, Harold Pitts of Sheridan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Rusty Mendenhall; grandson, Brian Mendenhall; great-grandson, Wyatt Henderson; and by her loving husband, Harold M. “Red” Mendenhall on March 3, 1999.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th street in Sheridan with visitation from Noon until the time of service. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Reverend Mark Knapp will be officiating.
Memorial contributions may be presented to the East Union Christian Church.