The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


May 9, 2014

Mary Lou McCarthy-Artz

PLYMOUTH, Ind. — Mary Lou McCarthy-Artz, 78, of Plymouth, Ind., passed away May 7, 2014, at her home.

A memorial Mass will take place at 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday, May 13, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Knox, Ind. Memorial graveside services: 9 a.m. EDT Friday, May 16, in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Covington, Ind.

Mary Lou was born Nov. 18, 1935, in London, Ind., to Ezra and Emma Baughman Smith, both deceased.

She graduated from Moral Township High School in 1953 and worked with Diamond Chain in Indianapolis until her marriage to Joseph L. Merkel in 1955. Also, during this time, she studied piano at the Jordan Conservatory of Music, Butler University in Indianapolis. After the death of her husband, she married Rodney Evans of Covington, Ind., where she resided over 20 years.

While living in Covington, she worked at Berkeley-Davis, Wean United, in Danville, as the executive secretary to the president. She also was organist at St. Joseph Church in Covington, Holy Family Church in Danville and St. Bernard Church in Crawfordsville, Ind. During this time, she served as chapter president of the American Guild of Organists. She also was a member of the Covington Psi Iota Xi Sorority.

In 1993 she accepted the position of liturgist with Ancilla Sisters of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in Donaldson, Ind.

She married Don Artz, of Knox, Ind., on Aug. 21, 2009. She enjoyed travelling, especially with the American Guild of Organists tours in Europe. Recently, she earned a certificate of Colleague of the American Guild of Organists that testifies to a high level of talent and achievement.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her former husbands; and her siblings, Martha Smith, Earl Smith, Austin Smith and Norman Smith.

She is survived by her husband, Don Artz, of Plymouth, Ind.; daughters, Nancy Merkel Starkey (Terence) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Janet Evans Snyder (John) of Georgetown; along with two grandchildren, William Joseph Starkey of Tampa, Fla., and Sarah Starkey Reardon (Michael) of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a great-granddaughter, Mary Catherine Reardon, who is expected to be born at the end of May.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marshall County Hospice. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Marshall County Hospice, family and friends.

M.C. Smith Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Info: (574) 772-4211 or



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