Mary Lou (Provine) Rutledge

March 6, 1940-Jan. 18, 2022


Mary Lou (Provine) Rutledge, 81, of Crawfordsville passed away Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born March 6, 1940 in Industry, Illinois, to the late Vena (DeWitt) Provine and Carl Provine, she was a 1958 graduate of Industry High School.

Mary Lou left home for Crawfordsville to attend Western Union School. Shortly after she met Jerry Rutledge, whom she married on June 13, 1959, and he preceded her in death Dec. 11, 2002. Together they had two daughters: Bridget and Jill. She was employed by Raybestos for nearly 30 years before retiring.

She cherished her family and close friends and was happiest when she was with them. Mary Lou enjoyed cooking, baking, shopping, traveling and playing euchre. She had also volunteered with Meals on Wheels. She was a member of Hillsboro Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are daughters, Bridget (Charlie) Miller of Crawfordsville and Jill Rutledge of Lafayette; grandchildren, Shawn (Megan) Randall and children Noelette and Brantley of Crawfordsville and Tiffany (Subaltern) Hall and daughter Aailyah of Washington; sister Pat Hughes of Virginia; sisters-in-law, Helen Provine of Texas and Shelia Provine of Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Ivan (Maria), Eldon and John,;and infant sister Martha Provine.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 2 p.m. until her celebration of life at 4 p.m. at Burkhart Funeral Home, Crawfordsville. The family asks that those attending wear face masks. Private family interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 681405, Indianapolis, IN 46268 or by calling 1-800-227-2345.