Mary Louise Kelch Vandivier
Mary Louise Kelch Vandivier, 102, of Danville, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.
She was born June 4, 1910, in Trafalgar, the only child of James W. and Ona (Bridges) Kelch. From childhood through her entire life, music was her passion.
Louise graduated from Trafalgar High School and then attended Franklin College, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She graduated from Indiana University in 1932 with a degree in sociology and economics.
Louise married Robert McCauley “Cauley” Vandivier in 1933. They were married 58 years at the time of his death in 1991. They moved to Indianapolis, where Cauley attended medical school and settled there after his graduation.
Louise devoted her life to her family, including a son, Dr. James M. (Sharon) Vandivier, and a daughter, Susan (Jeff) Boles, and to community service.
While living in Indianapolis, Louise was active at Fairview Presbyterian Church. She was a Cub Scout leader and a Girl Scout leader. She was a member and president of the alumnae club of Pi Beta Phi and a collegiate adviser at Butler University. She was a member of the Tuesday Study Club, American Association of University Women, the Indianapolis Women’s Chorale and her Thursday bridge club.
After Dr. Vandivier’s retirement, they moved back to Johnson County for several years. While there, Louise went back to the church of her childhood, Trafalgar Christian Church, where she served as choir director. She was a member of the Franklin Alumnae Club and served as a collegiate adviser at Franklin College.
In 1988, Louise and Cauley moved to Danville to be near their daughter. Louise joined Danville Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir and serving as a church elder. Following the closing of the church, she became a member of Danville United Methodist Church.
She also was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Browning Club and the Up-To-Date Club.
Louise was an accomplished musician as a vocalist, pianist, harpist, and choir director and was well-known for her book reviews.
Louise lived the last seven years at Ivy Trace in Danville.
Survivors include her son and daughter; her grandchildren, Susan Vandivier, Mark Vandivier, Doug Vandivier, J. Douglas (Beth) Boles, Mary (Kendall) Hendricks, Sally (Matt) Steward and Leah Gibbs; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; honorary daughter, Marsha Andry; and her Ivy Trace family.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Danville United Methodist Church, 820 W. Mill St. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Baker Funeral Home, 387 E. Broadway St. in Danville, and from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the church. Burial will be at First Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin.
Contributions may be made to Gleaners Food Bank, Salvation Army or Wheeler Mission, in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.bakerfuneralservice.com.