Mary Evelyn Cady, 83, was ushered into Heaven on July 15, 2020 after a short but courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mary was born at home in Indianapolis, IN to Ernest and Martha Ruth Outland on January 14, 1937.
On September 3, 1954 Mary married the love of her life, Chester Duane Cady. Their courtship began at an early age as they were neighbors and Duane would show up at her house to play basketball on one of the few neighborhood courts. Shooting hoops together would lead to a hayride, regular dates to the Tee-Pee and Southern Circle and then enjoying 64 years together raising their family.
Mary was a hard worker, a work ethic formed early in life as she was one of four girls born to the Outland family. She would work on her father’s city farm driving the tractor, planting and harvesting vegetables and offering a hand with whatever was needed to get the job done. As she would put it, she was the son her father never had!
Hard work followed Mary as she worked for over twenty-years at Mt. Vernon High School as a cook and baker. She was known for making great cinnamon rolls, cookies and other treats from scratch every day for hundreds of hungry students. Students weren’t the only benefactors of Mary’s cooking skills. No holiday or family gathering would be complete without the world’s best homemade chicken and noodles, a delight to all who had the privilege of eating them, but especially enjoyed by her grandchildren. Mary could cook about anything and was never at a loss for creating something from whatever was available in the pantry. This creative skill also underscored her ability to manage money, always having some extra left over for savings. . .which could often be found hidden in a coffee can in the refrigerator or some other secret stash not to be spent on herself, but for something or someone special.
Mary retired from Mt. Vernon in 1998 and after enjoying six-years of retirement, returned to help for several more years. In retirement Mary and Duane enjoyed playing bingo (and regularly winning) at weekly games sponsored by area senior care facilities. They also enjoyed rooting for the Pacers, IU and Butler basketball, traveling to most of the fifty states, and supporting their grandchildren by attending their numerous school and sports activities. Mary also enjoyed staying active whether exercising at the YMCA, working in the yard and garden, or just being a good neighbor and friend to many.
Besides being a hard worker, great cook and good friend, Mary leaves a legacy of faith drawn from her commitment to follow and serve her Savior, Jesus Christ. Whether a friend or stranger, Mary was always prepared to be a listening ear to those who needed encouragement and hope that life could be better. Never offensive, but out of concern and love she would share Scripture and pray for those who didn’t know Jesus in a personal way. Her willingness to give of herself in this way will remain a testimony of her faith and an example to her family.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband and sisters, Phyllis Jean Outland and Marcella Gallet.
Family members surviving are son, Don (Sharon) Cady of Indianapolis, IN, daughter, Kathy (Rich) Moorlach, of Fishers, IN; grandchildren, Stephen (Jill) Cady, of Pasadena, CA, Sarah (Josh) Carroll, of Dallas, TX, Olivia Moorlach of New York, NY, Alexandra Moorlach, Indianapolis, IN and Leighton Moorlach, of Fishers, IN. Also surviving is Mary’s sister, Becky (Don) Weidman of Hanover, IN, brothers-in-law Phil (Cres) Cady, of Henderson, NV; Dennis Gallet, Indianapolis, IN, and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at Trinity Church, 9709 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46250, followed by a funeral at 2:00PM. To honor Mary, donations may be sent to The Bridge Church, 170 Washington Pointe, Indianapolis, IN 46229 in her memory.
Bussell Family Funerals, Carmel-Westfield is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.
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The Bridge Ministries
170 Washington Pointe Drive, Indianapolis IN 46229