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Cora Lou McDonald, 85, of Jasonville, passed away at 12:37 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis with her family present. She was born Aug. 30, 1932, in Terre Haute, to George H. Lessmann Jr. and Louise (Gemmecke) Lessmann. Cora Lou married Arlen W. McDonald on Oct. 3, 1953, and he passed away Oct. 16, 1999.
Survivors include her children, Arlen Dale (LuAnn) McDonald of Jasonville, Kathy Louise Samm of Baytown, Texas, Kenneth E. (Carol) of Jasonville, and Chris Duane (Betsy) McDonald of Shelburn; 13 grandchildren, Jeremy (Whitney) McDonald, Lee (Lacey) McDonald, Elle Riddle, Melissa McDonald, Elizabeth McDonald, Kambri (Brandon) Ellis, Tracey (Chris) White, Bryan (April) Samm, Michael (Dawn) Samm, Sarah McDonald, Stephen McDonald, Elesa McDonald and Christopher McDonald; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Velma Peterson of Shelburn; lifelong friends, Charlotte Swigart of Sebring, Fla., and Shirley Roth of Bloomington; sister-in-law, Sondra McDonald Rogers; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 46 years; brother, Fred Lessmann; sister-in-law, Sharon Lessmann; and brother-in-law, Fred Peterson.
In Cora Lou's younger years she worked the family Grade-A Dairy Farm with 40 heads of Holsteins. She also enjoyed horseback riding. Cora Lou was a 64-year-member of the Friendly Grove Baptist Church, where she was active as a Sunday School teacher and church treasurer. Cora Lou enjoyed crocheting and quilting.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. until service time Monday at Cox Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2018, at the funeral home, with Pastor David Smith officiating. Interment will be at Friendly Grove Cemetery, Lewis. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Cora Lou to Friendly Grove Baptist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Michael W. Cox, Cox Funeral Home, 218 South Meridian Street, Jasonville.
Published on March 9, 2018
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