Mrs. Mary Grace (Hayes) Lothridge, age 94, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on December 25, 1923, near Mt. Sterling, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, James William and Sarah Pearl (Edelman) Hayes. She was raised near Mt. Sterling, Indiana and attended the Vevay High School. Mary Grace was united in marriage on January 26, 1973, at her home, to the late, Lawrence "Doc" Lothridge. Mary Grace and Doc shared nearly 10 years of marriage together until he passed away on July 2, 1983. Mary Grace was a former employee for the 5 & Dime Store in Vevay, Indiana, from 1943 - 1948. She was wonderful cake decorator and designed over 100 wedding cakes for 30 years. Mary Grace was employed as a sock stitcher for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, retiring on November 15, 1984, after 36 1/2 years of service. Mary Grace accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior on August 30, 1942 and was a faithful member of the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church where she was the clerk, deacon, Sunday school teacher, custodian and was the church musician for many years. She was ordained as a deacon on January 9, 1994. She was a member of the Center Square Homemakers Club and the Hope Rebekah Lodge #851 where she was the musician, treasurer and trustee. Mary Grace was a wonderful caregiver and enjoyed sewing, playing the piano, reading the Bible, Bingo, attending Bible Study and harmony and hymns and other activities at Swiss Villa. Her motto was to be honest in everything and respect other peoples wishes. Mary Grace went to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.
Mary Grace is survived by her caregivers, Rae Jean Brunner and her husband: Tom of Versailles, IN and Ernie Keith and his wife: Dana of Fairview, IN and her several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and nephews
She was preceded in death by her parents, James William Hayes, died February 27, 1955 and Sarah Pearl (Edelman) Hayes, died July 10, 1986; her husband, Lawrence "Doc" Lothridge, died July 2, 1983; her brother, Everett Hayes, died April 2, 1980 and her step-sons, Bob, Dick and Bill Lothridge.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 1:00 pm, by Rev. Mike Sawalich at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.
Friends may call 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Sterling Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.