Mary Evelyn Napier 102, of Frankfort, IN, died at 5:52 a.m. March 10, 2010 at Wesley Manor. Born April 27, 1907 in Frankfort, IN to Jesse Fred Rousch Bond & Laura Almeda (Fudge) Norris Bond. Her first marriage was to A.O. 'Gary' Garrison in 1958 who died in 1959. She then married Henry C. 'Harry' Napier in Brisbane, Australia in 1973. They lived in Indiana with many trips to Australia, alternating with winters in Spain. He preceded her in death on December 9, 1996.
Mrs. Napier was a 1925 graduate of Frankfort High School, graduated DePauw University in 1929 and received her master's degree from Ball State University. She taught Business in Cook County schools for 5 years before returning to Frankfort where she taught Typing and Business in Frankfort High School from 1935 to 1970. After retirement Mrs. Napier then served as a volunteer missionary for the United Methodist Church, teaching business education in Iquique, Chile, 1970-1972. Her memberships include: St. Matthew's United Methodist Church and Esther's Circle; Clinton County Historical Society; Psi Iota Xi Sorority; Clinton County Teachers' Association; American Legion Auxiliary; Friends of the Frankfort Library; Round Table Study Club; American Contract Bridge League; Society of Indiana Pioneers; Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers.
Visitation and Services
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6th at Wesley Manor Chapel. Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Wesley Manor Good Samaritan Fund.
Niece: Deborah (Mrs. Robert) Falk of Berkeley CA
Several great nephews and nieces
She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Donald F. and Robert N. Bond, and her only nephew, James F. Bond.
I met Evelyn for the first time when she came to Australia to marry my father, Harry Napier.
I am thankful for the light and grace Evelyn brought to the later part of his life and her generosity of spirit to the members of his family in Australia.
When Evelyn could no longer correspond, I appreciated the Frankfort contact with Carrie Maish and Lmae Tull. Through these contacts, we knew of the problems Evelyn encountered as she grew older.
Our thoughts and prayers were with her and she will continue to be remembered and appreciated for the gracious person she was.
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To the family of Mary Evelyn Napier:
I was a student at FSHS in the mid-60s. I knew her at the time as Mrs. Garrison. She taught me how to type — and she gave me a skill that I have used every day since that time, including now, as I am typing this condolence. (She wouldn’t like my posture at the keyboard right now.)
Mrs. Garrison was an absolutely wonderful teacher and I have thought of her many times over the years. She could be a taskmaster, but she gave me (and other students) lifelong skills. She was respectful of our youthful type questions and was always patient with us. She instilled in me to do a good job — always.
On a personal note, when she learned of my grandmother’s passing (March 1967 — my senior year of high school) — she came to the funeral home to spend time with me. She was not obligated to do that, but that’s just one example of the kind of person she was.
She had a good long — and giving — life. I will continue to think of her and I will miss her always.
Ramapo College of New Jersey
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