Gilliland Howe Funeral Home

110 East North Street, Greensburg, IN


Mary C. Doles

April 9, 1928July 25, 2020

Mary Cradick Doles, 92, of Greensburg, went to meet our Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Mary was born on April 9, 1928 in Gosport, Indiana. She was the daughter of Estil Glea and Helen (Dagley) Cradick.

Mary moved to Greensburg when she was two. She was a 1946 graduate of Greensburg High School and a 1949 graduate of Indiana University. She married Al Doles on New Year’s Eve, 1949, and they celebrated 69 years of marriage before Al passed away.

Mary taught second grade for twenty years at Billings Elementary. She was a church organist at First Christian Church and Sandcreek Baptist Church, and she also played for Sunday afternoon services which she and Al led at Crown Pointe Senior Living Community. In their early senior years, Mary and Al enjoyed camping, spending winters in Florida, and traveling to places like the Holy Land to visit Steve and Joy, and to Hawaii for their 50 th wedding anniversary. Mary enjoyed sewing, baking pies, and volunteering at the hospital and for cancer survivor fundraisers. She would tell you that her most favorite role in the whole wide world was to be Al’s wife, and life didn’t seem the same to her without him.

Survivors include her children, William (Shirley) Doles, Diane (Charles) Beggs, and Steve (Joy) Doles. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Jeff (Cari) Beggs, David Beggs, Katie (Mike) McNealy, Tony (Simone) Doles, Stepheni Doles, Jaquan Doles, Travon Doles, and BayLynn Doles, and eleven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, Estil Glea Cradick, Jr. and Howard Duane Cradick, one sister who died in infancy, and one granddaughter, Andria Joy Doles.

A graveside service, following CDC social distancing and facial covering guidelines, will be held at South Park Cemetery on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11AM with Rev. Harold Carter officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sandcreek Baptist Church, The Gideons International or the donor’s choice. Online Condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.

Psalm 23 was one of Mary’s favorite psalms. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are comforted to know that she is now able to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”


  • Estil Glea Cradick, Father (deceased)
  • Helen (Dagley) Cradick, Mother (deceased)
  • Al Doles, Husband (deceased)
  • William (Shirley) Doles, Son
  • Diane (Charles) Beggs, Daughter
  • Steve (Joy) Doles, Son
  • Jeff (Cari) Beggs, Grandchild
  • David Beggs, Grandchild
  • Katie (Mike) McNealy, Grandchild
  • Tony (Simone) Doles, Grandchild
  • Stepheni Doles, Grandchild
  • Jaquan Doles, Grandchild
  • Travon Doles, Grandchild
  • BayLynn Doles, Grandchild
  • Andria Joy Doles, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Estil Glea Cradick Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Howard Duane Cradick, Brother (deceased)
  • Mary is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren.

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  • Jeff Beggs, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Beggs, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tony Doles, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jaquan Doles, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Travon Doles, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike McNealy, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Sandcreek Baptist Church


  • Graveside Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020


Mary C. Doles

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Virginia Gabbard

July 31, 2020

I loved Mrs. Doles so much! Yes she was my teacher but a very special one at that. To all the family my deepest sympathy. She did live a glorious life.
May I see you again in Heaven
Virginia Edmondson Gabbard

Lynette Craft

July 31, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful teacher and friend. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Helen and Lynette Craft

Charity Banks

July 30, 2020

I was able to become acquainted with Mary at Aspen Place while my mother was there. She was such a sweet, sweet lady. I always enjoyed seeing her, she had a smile on her face at all times. When Al required more care and had to be moved to a different hallway, it was so cute to watch her coming down the hall to visit him. She loved the Sunday morning worship service at Aspen and was always quick to thank everyone for planning and conducting the service. You have my deepest sympathy!
Charity (Connall) Banks

Sally Thornburg Grenz

July 27, 2020

Prayers for the Doles family. I have wonderful memories of Mary teaching along with my mom(Clara Thornburg) and playing the organ at First Christian Church! She was delightful to be around.

Debbie Brown

July 27, 2020

I loved Mary and Al. They were both very good faithful believer's. Mary and Al treated me like I was there own daughter. I loved Mary's hugs and kisses from her dearly. I will miss you very much.

Chris Croy

July 27, 2020

Steve, Bill, and Diane,
What a life well spent! What a purpose realized! What a legacy left behind! What an example for all of us! What a greeting to receive: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!”

Chris & Susette Croy

Budd and June Ryle

July 27, 2020

Out heartfelt sympathy to all of you at this very difficult time. Mary was such a sweet beautiful lady inside and out. She is reunited with the love of her life. What a beautiful reunion. Love , hugs and prayers to all. ❤️

Barry Goodman

July 27, 2020

My condolences to the Doles family. I remember Mrs Doles so well. She was one of my favorite teachers. She was always so kind to us all. She will be missed. God bless you all
Rev Barry Goodman & Family

Nancy Sallee

July 27, 2020

Mary and Al were such great friends and such wonderful people,I feel blessed to have known them.

Debbie Taylor

July 27, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with your family Steve. May God comfort you and your family on your loss. Your Mom was a very sweet lady.🙏❤


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