OBITUARY

Marian Stamper Ullrich

7 November, 193026 December, 2020

Marian Stamper Ullrich, 90, of Indianapolis, formerly of Greencastle, passed away on Sat, Dec. 26, 2020, from COVID.

Born Nov. 7, 1930, in Terre Haute, IN, she was the daughter of Dr. Floyd and Freida (Cromwell) Riggs.

Marian received her BA in Education from Indiana State University and her Masters from Drake University in Christian Education. She owned and operated Posey Patch Flower Shop for 15 years and served six years as AOPi Sorority House Mom at DePauw University.

Marian was known throughout her life for her leadership and her passion for educating children and building Christian community. At First Christian Church she developed the youth program and served as Christian Education Lay Minister. With a vision for combining art and faith she created an immersive Good News event telling the story of Easter week with as many as 10,000 people a year in attendance. As a member of the Greencastle First Baptist Church, she served on the board of directors. She was instrumental in organizing the pre-school and senior program at the church as well as in the creation of the Patch Endowment. Everywhere she found her calling as director of Christmas and Easter productions, finding and inspiring talent in those around her. She was past president of the Putnam County American Cancer Society; Covered Bridge Greencastle Council; 50 year member of Merry Jills Home Ec Club; Delta Theta Tau Sorority as well as involved in the development of the Putnam County Learning Center. She taught three times in China with the English Language Institute.

In her fifties Marian realized that she had never followed Christ’s call to visit those in prison and decided that must be next. In 1983 she volunteered as one of the early leaders in Prison Fellowship and provide training to others around the state. For over 30 years, she served inside Putnamville Correctional Facility, teaching, leading and encouraging both prisoners and volunteers.

Marian is survived by three children, Sharon (Donald) Thompson, Suzan Stamper, and Joseph Stamper, and four grandchildren, Chris Thompson, Ivy Sarah (Marcos) Langhans, Devon (Drew) Kelsey, and Piper Stamper.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles William Ullrich; son, Paul Stamper; and a brother, Dr. Wendell Riggs.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Bowen officiating. Burial will follow in Sink Cemetery in Clay City, Indiana. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Thursday.

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Judith George

19 January 2021

I knew of Marion in my earlier years, primarily through my step-son, Peter George who was a friend of her sons. In later years, I knew her as a the wife of her second husband. She was a devoted companion to him, and I recall that she organized a special party for him and the small number of other men living at Asbury Towers.
My father was one of these special men, and he benefitted from her kindness and attention. What a special person she was to make a rather drab living arrangement happy and vibrant, if even for a short while.

Leota Boesen

30 December 2020

I remember Mrs. Stamper as my Bible school and Sunday school teacher at First Christian Church in Greencastle. . She was so full of energy as she taught us about God, Jesus and faith. The last time I saw Mrs. Stamper was in the Indianapolis airport in 1986 or 1987 when I was returning from an alumnae board meeting at Smith College. She had heard my name announced and she and her daughter, Susan, came over to my gate to say hello to me. As always, she was happy, smiling and so full of love and peace. Also in 1964, when I had my 2nd leap year birthday, she held a tea or a reception for me at our church. While I have lived away from Greencastle for many years, the wonderful adults from my childhood, like Mrs. Stamper, live on in my Mind and heart. As John Melkencamp wrote in his song, “Small Town”: “No, I cannot forget from where it is that I come from/I cannot forget the people who love me.” Likewise, I cannot forget such a fabulous and spiritual person from my hometown like Mrs. Stamper. My heart is with Sharon and the entire family. May you feel the comforting arms of our Lord at this time.

Linda Blackburn

29 December 2020

A life well lived! I am sure God said “well done my good and faithful servant “. Marian has now received her reward!

So thankful for the years I have known her. Was a blessing for me to spend time with her. One of my favorite memories is singing hymns together. Even when she wasn’t talking much, she remembered the words to the hymns and even harmonized with me! Was beautiful. I loved her and will miss her so much.

Linda Gregory

29 December 2020

I started working for her when I was 12 and worked with her until she sold the Posey Patch. She was a mentor to me. She helped me grow as a Christian through my life and gave me advice when needed. I loved her as a second mom especially after I lost mine in 1989. I will never forget her she'll always be in my heart

Gayla (Fogle) Guignard

28 December 2020

Joe, Sharon and Suzan-

It pained me to hear about the loss of your mother, especially so soon after the loss of your brother, dear Paul. Marion Stamper was one of the most faithful believers I’ve known in addition to being a truly exceptional woman! She “saw” and loved everyone and had such a servant’s heart. She was a giver in every way and I remember having multiple conversations with her throughout high school when visiting at your house, seeing her at the Posey Patch and even out in town (Greencastle). She would usually grab my hand and say, “Let’s talk for a minute.” She was such an incredibly bright woman and understood her own gifts—a perfect combination! I loved her spunk and I loved her heart! I know that you know she loved each of you and was so proud of you and, no doubt, you know how fortunate you were to have had her. Marian was a “doer” and encouraged others “to do” as well. In honor of her and her well-lived life, I will “do something” in her honor over the next year that she would have done....Know that I will never forget your mother and the impact she has had. Sincerely, Gayla (Fogle) Guignard

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