Ada Mae (Johnson) Batman

June 4, 2014

Ada Mae (Johnson) Batman was born May 27, 1928 in Rush County, Indiana, the daughter of Frank J. Hanley and Barbara (Harden) Johnson. Ada was the second of four daughters. She passed away at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Wesley Manor, she was 86. Ada attended Clarksburg High School for three years, was a graduate of Frankfort Pilgrim High School, and attended Frankfort Pilgrim College for one year. She was the Assistant Director for Wesleyan Women in the Indiana Central District for 15 years and directed the Ministers’ Wives and Ladies Retreat in the Indiana Central District for a number of years. Her passion was to the children and women of the church. She was a member of First Wesleyan Church in Frankfort, Indiana. She married the Reverend Ernest Ray Batman on July 10, 1948, at the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Clarksburg, Indiana. They were married for nearly 66 years. Always a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, Ada is with her beloved Savior today. While we are sad and will miss her, we also rejoice with her.

Visitation and Services

Visiting will be Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. at Frankfort First Wesleyan Church, 400 S. Third St., Frankfort, Indiana. Services will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church. Burial will be Monday, June 9th at Kraft Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the Frank J. Hanley Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund c/o Indiana Wesleyan University, 4201 S. Washington St., Marion, IN 46953 or the First Wesleyan Church, Frankfort.

Survived by:

Ada is survived by her husband, Ernest Ray Batman. Together they had three sons—Ronald (Marlene) of Anchorage, Alaska; Mark (Felicia) of Plymouth, Indiana; Kevin (Teresa) of Fishers, Indiana; and two daughters—Barbara (Oliver) Howe of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Beth (Jeff) Gormong of Farmersburg, Indiana. Ada has one surviving sister, Helen Jackson of Greensburg, Indiana; thirteen grandchildren—Carissa (Evan) Hawkins, SaraBeth (Nicholas) Krudy, Michael Colter, Luke (Elizabeth) Batman, Emily Batman, Matthew Batman, Benjamin Batman, Bradley Batman, Bailey Batman, Braden Batman, Jaena Gormong, Johanna Kelsey Gormong, and Jessica Gormong; and three great grandchildren—Caleb Krudy, Berkeley Hawkins, and Lila Batman.

Preceded by:

her parents; her son Kent (twin to Kevin); and two sisters, Florence Eckart and Shirley Satterfield.


29 Condolences for “Ada Mae (Johnson) Batman”

  1. David Stout June 6, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Our prayers and those of Howard Chapel Church are offered for the entire family. May grace and comfort be yours at the loss of this nice, nice lady and servant of Christ. Blessings to all.
    David and Peggy Stout and the Howard Chapel family

  2. Jennifer McDaniels June 6, 2014 at 2:16 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, but inspired by the legacy she leaves. Praying for peace and comfort.

    Much love,

  3. Bob & Veralyn Van Cise June 6, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Veralyn and I are deeply saddened by Ada’s (Sister Batman’s) death. She was a dear sister-in-Christ, a personal friend, and a wonderful District Superintendent’s spouse. We send our love and condolences to each member of the family. She now rests in God’s eternal glory.

  4. Greg Doublestein June 6, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I didn’t know your mom, Kevin, but what a joy to read about her and your family. A Godly woman was she, and such a large family she held together over the years. She continues to leave her fingerprint through her childten. Praise God for her faithfulness! May God watch over your grieving now.

  5. Tom and Vangie Armiger June 6, 2014 at 3:08 am

    We want to express to Rev.
    Batman, Kevin and Teresa, and Mrs. Batman’s entire family our deepest sympathy for the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. We remember how blessed we were as pastor and wife in the Indiana Central District to serve under the leadership of Rev. and Mrs. Batman and to enjoy their kindness to us through the years. Please know you are in our prayers as you pass through this time together.

  6. Tana Kelly June 6, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of celebration of the life of one great lady.

  7. Marcia Bradfield Pavey June 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

    To express what this lady Ada Batman meant to my life is not possible. Her selfless example in my life and my mothers will only be known in heaven. She lead ladies without being in the lime light made it look like nothing.
    Didn’t realize what a load she carried till she stepped down it took a whole committee to do it and not as well. She now has seen Jesus and her reward which I’m sure is a great and well deserved reward.
    Striving toward His will
    Marcia Bradfield Pavey

  8. Ray & Sue Barnwell June 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    We send our love and prayers. We were always blessed by her life example. May you sense the comfort of The Lord.

  9. Kathy and Steve Ullom June 6, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Ada Batman has arrived safely at her destination. She was generous as she shared the Grace that adorned her life. We have benefited from it. We have learned to share it, too. Our prayer is for Ernest and family, that the celebration of Ada’s safe arrival will result in deep peace and comfort, a new understanding of the personal assurance of God’s Grace.

  10. Candace Price Finnell June 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Kevin, My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones at this time. I pray the Lord’s grace and peace will be with all of you.

  11. Jean Commons June 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    With deepest sympathy. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  12. Mary Horton June 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    A wonderful Godly lady. She was a great influence on my life and the lives of Kris and Ken.

  13. Colleen Howell June 6, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Fond memories of when The Batman’s would make a regular visit to our church. A Godly woman. Our thoughts and prayers to your family during this difficult time.

  14. Mark L. Hostetler June 6, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Sister Batman. Nearly 50 years ago she and Brother Batman welcomed me into their home in Kokomo as a friend of Ron’s. Many warm memories of those days flood my mind and heart.

    Be assured of our thoughts and prayers during this time.

    All our love,
    Mark and Sharon Hostetler
    Portage, Indiana

  15. Ruth and Dale Manion (Sister to Marlene Bateman) June 7, 2014 at 12:13 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. LeAnne Gormong June 7, 2014 at 1:41 am

    We are so sorry for your loss, but thankful she is with Jesus. May God be your strength and comfort.

  17. Paul Mills June 7, 2014 at 2:18 am

    I am reminded of the words of the song, “Does Jesus Care”. Does Jesus care when I say Good-bye to the dearest on earth to me, And my sad heart aches Till it nearly breaks? Is it aught to him? Does he care? “Oh yes, He cares; I know he cares! His heart is touched with my grief. When the days are weary, The long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.

    What a scene that must have been when all Heaven rejoiced as they welcomed Ada to her eternal Home. The song that she had sang here on earth “Face to Face”, became a reality as she looked upon the face of her Savior, Jesus Christ the one whom she loved and had faithfully served while here on earth. Ernest and family, we will be praying for you. Your Friend from Union Chapel Days. Paul amills

  18. Tom and Janie McBride June 7, 2014 at 2:29 am

    We are so sorry to learn of Ada’s passing. She will be greatly missed. Will be praying for your family during this difficult time.

  19. Bill Keever June 7, 2014 at 3:30 am

    So many Great Memories flood my mind about Ada. My fondest was in my 10th grade year in school when my home burned to the ground. I was scared, I said where will I live, Ada said your staying with us!! I adopted the Batman’s for a short but meaningful time in this boys life! I’m gonna miss you so much. How’s Kent doing these days Ada?

  20. HC and Gloria Wilson June 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Please accept our sympathy in the passing of your loved one. Ada was a very dear lady and we remember her fondly. You have wonderful memories to cherish. Most sincerely with our love and prayers.

  21. Debbie & Dana Abshier June 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Barb, so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers in this most difficult time.

  22. Jeff Servies June 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I am sorry for your loss Rev. Batman. My thoughts and prayers are with you. You were there for me when my mother passed away and I will never forget the kindness that you showed me when she passed. You were a true friend to my mom and me. Again my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Linda Gilbert June 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I will always remember Aunt Ada as a warm and loving person. I am sorry for the loss of her in this life, but I know that she has now entered into eternity and will forever be with her Lord. All who serve the Lord will see her again.

  24. Jim Dodge June 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Our love and prayers are sent to you Brother Batman and your entire family. Such a dear and grace-filled woman Ada was to all.
    Blessings, The Dodge Family

  25. Victor Smith June 9, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Although your mother is no longer with us herself, she is most definitely with us. At the church today, she was with us in her children’s hearts. It was great seeing Kevin and Beth, as always, and equally nice meeting their brothers, sister and in-laws. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Victor “The Reformed Biter” 😉

  26. Darrell Droke June 9, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Dear Rev Batman I’m so sorry for the passing of your wife Ada what a wonderful christian lady she was. I was always moved when she testified about her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and were she was setting in the church when the Holy Spirit knocked on her heart.The Psalmist says Ps 34;18 The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. I will be holding you and your family up in my prayers.

    Your brother in Christ Darrell Droke

  27. Barbara Hine Koffel June 9, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Rev. Batman,
    My thoughts are with you and your family. Losing our loved ones is never easy. My dad, Robert Hine, died last October, so now Mom and Dad are together. As you know my mother was raised across the street from the Kokomo church so that church has a special place in our hearts. Thank you for all your years of service to church and families. May God’s presence surround you even more now.

    Barbara Hine Koffel

  28. Helen Schenck June 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I was saddened to hear that Ada Mae had passed. May all the wonderful family have peace and comfort that comes form God. Love, Helen

  29. Roberta Hughes June 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I am sorry about the loss of your dear loved one. Today I am remembering an incident that happened many years ago when we
    were in district leadership. I was in a situation that I did not feel comfortable with, and at that moment Ada came near with
    the gift of her presence. The fragrance of that moment still lingers, and today I am thanking God that Ada crossed my path.

    Sincerely, Roberta Hughes

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