Mary Lou Saikley
Mary Lou Saikley, 98, of Terre Haute, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020 in Springhill Village surrounded by her family. Mary Lou was born in Borton, IL on December 20, 1921 to Ralph Dudley Ford and Iva Knight Ford. She was a member of St. George Orthodox Church where she sang in the choir, Sunday School Superintendant and was the Treasurer of the Ladies Society as well as a founding member of Loving Care Project, an organization to help orphaned Palestinian children. She was a lifelong member of Beta Sigma Phi where she made lifelong friends. She was also a volunteer at Union Hospital up until age 90, when she made the decision to retire. She was a volunteer at Clara Fairbanks Center for women from inception. She and her husband were the owners of Abe Saikley's Market. During World War II, Mary Lou worked for the Terre Haute Ordinance for the War Effort, during that time she made many lifelong friends. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Wayne Ford (Bessie), Irma Austin (Chuck), John Ford (Florence), Charles Ford (Virginia); and a special niece, Linda Austin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Abraham Saikley on April 2, 1993. She is survived by two daughters, Susan Hester and her husband Dan of Terre Haute and Abbie Small and her husband Jeff of Tucson, AZ. She is survived by one son, C.R. Saikley and his wife Alexandra of Alameda, CA. She is survived by grandchildren Livia Scott (John), Nicholas Hester (Jody), Caroline Fields, Jessica Trezise (Matt), Jared Small, Abraham Saikley and Nicholas Saikley. She is survived by nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Services are Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at St. George Orthodox Church, 1900 South Fourth Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802. Visitation will be on Monday, February 17th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church, and from 12:00 p.m. noon to services on Tuesday. Trisagion Prayers will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday following visitation. Reverend Paul Fuller, Reverend Anthony Yazge and Deacon Elias Corey will be officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Greiner Funeral Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to St. George Orthodox Church, envelopes will be available at the church. Online condolences may be made at
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Carol J Oliver
Feb 17, 2020
Susie, I am so sorry to read of your mother's passing. I lived two houses south of Saikley's grocery store. I have so many fond memories of the neighborhood and visiting your dad's store usually to get milk for my mom. I went by the name "Jane" back in the day. We played in the small storeroom in the back of the store which had lots of boxes.
Ruth Itamura
Feb 17, 2020
I will always remember Mary Lou. She was an excellent Mother, friend an a hard worker. I taught two of her children and they were a delight to have in my classroom. I hope to make it to the viewing. I will be in Indianapolis most of the day but hope to shorten my trip to be able to pay my respects and to see the family.
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Feb 15, 2020
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Sue Purcell
Feb 15, 2020
So sorry to read this...I have spent many hours enjoying Mary Lou’s company around a card table playing Pinochle and Hand and Foot. May she Rest In Peace. My deepest sympathy to her precious family.
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Feb 15, 2020
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Sue McMullen
Feb 14, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was quite the lady with endless energy and a wonderful neighbor. She loved her card games with her lady friends and will be sadly missed.