Mary Louise Noland, 99, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2022, at Homewood Healthcare in Lebanon.

Mary Lou was born October 30, 1922, in Lebanon, Indiana, the daughter of Ernest G. and Gertrude (Cramer) Giles.  She was raised on the family farm in Perry Township where she graduated as valedictorian from Perry Central School, class of 1940.

Mary Lou married James H. Noland on October 19, 1941, and together they raised five children. Her first job was as housekeeper for Dr. Rainey in Lebanon, she then worked at Winkler’s during WWII.  She worked side by side with her husband on the farm until 1970 when she started work and later retired from at Dr. Paul R. Honan’ office. She was an accomplished seamstress, making most of her daughters’ clothes through school and then their wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses. She loved to quilt, embroidery, cook, bake, garden and working on crosswords.  Her spot-on sense of humor kept everyone on their toes. A Perry Township resident, she and Jim moved into Lebanon in 1975.

Mary Lou was an 81-year member of the First Baptist Church, a 79-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter #23 and participated in the PerryAnna Homemakers Extension Club for many years.

She is survived by children Ernest Noland of Nokomis, Florida, Jamie Barry of Granger, Bill Noland (Sharon) of Lebanon, Mary Lou Jones (Fred) of Lebanon, and Audrey Sollenberger (Dale) of Fishers. Also, grandchildren, Jason Noland (Sarah) of Venice, Florida, Matthew Jarrett (Kristin) of Noblesville, Daniel Jarrett (Deidre) of Zionsville, Erin Richardson (Joshua) of Indianapolis, Brendan Barry of South Bend, Charles Barry (Erin), of Indianapolis, Jim Noland, and Frank Noland (Danielle) of Lebanon, Jon Noland of Sarasota, Florida, and Hillary Keith (Brandon) of Corydon, and several great-grandchildren.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, who passed away in 2001, her brothers, Delbert Giles, Gordon (Bud) Giles, Daniel Giles and Robert Giles, her sister, Dorothy Eaton, grandson, Thomas Barry, son-in-law Tim Barry and daughter-in-law Jan Noland.

Friends and family will gather on Monday, January 17 for visitation from 11 a.m. until time of funeral at 1 p.m. with Pastor David Wright officiating at Strawmyer & Drury Funeral Home, 2400 North Lebanon Street, Lebanon. Eastern Star rites will be performed at beginning of funeral service.  Mary Lou will be laid to rest in the Dover Cemetery, Dover, Indiana.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Paradigm Health Foundation, 8904 Bash Road, Suite B, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46256.


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