The Board of Directors and staff at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts were saddened to hear that our good friend Marilyn Mellencamp passed away last night.
Marilyn loved SICA and spent much of her time here painting with her friends. Not only was she a very gifted artist, but Marilyn was a passionate supporter of the Art Center and our work with children. We will miss Marilyn greatly.
The SICA Board of Directors has already begun discussions on how best to remember Marilyn and keep her memory here strong.
We are looking at naming one of our studios after her and we are discussing putting a special exhibit together of her work sometime later this year.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marilyn’s family. We hope that they all know that SICA considers itself very lucky to have known Marilyn and to have had her as a part of the very core of our work from the beginning.
She was born Sept. 7, 1928 in Lawrenceburg to Joseph and Bessie (Lowry) Lowe. On Oct. 23, 1950 she married Richard L. Mellencamp in Indianapolis, and he survives.
Mellencamp was a member of Seymour First Church of the Nazarene. She was a homemaker. Besides her husband, Richard, she is survived by her children, Joe N. (Lynn) Mellencamp, John J. Mellencamp, Ted E. (Debbie) Mellencamp, Janet L. (Todd) Kiel, and Laura A. (Mark) Hackman; grandchildren, Ian Mellencamp, John Michael Mellencamp, Carly Mellencamp, Michelle Mellencamp, Teddi Jo (Edwin) Arroyave, Justice Mellencamp, Hud Mellencamp, Speck Mellencamp, Mandy (Eric) Wessel, Melissa (Troy) Stiller, Eric (Sulivan) Mellencamp, Casey (Amber) Mellencamp, Jamie (Jami) Kiel, Justin Kiel, Laura Jo Kiel, Jordan Reggie Kiel, Leigh Kiel, and Luke (Cassie) Hackman, and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charles Lowe; and sister, Lois Panzi. Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Seymour First Church of the Nazarene, 311 Myers St., with Rev. Steve Greene officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. Friday until time of service.
Memorials may be written to Southern Indiana Center for the Arts. Voss Funeral Service, Seymour, is in charge of arrangements.