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Mary Lea (Hutson) Apple

September 5, 1930 ~ March 17, 2022 (age 91)


Mary Lea (Hutson) Apple, 91, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died March 17, 2022 following a brief illness. Mary Lea was born in New Castle, Indiana on September 5, 1930.  She was a 1948 graduate of New Castle High School and married Richard “Dick” Apple in 1950.


Mary Lea was a self-made organic gardener, environmentalist, cook, and seamstress. She renovated an 1890’s farmhouse where she raised her family and lived from 1958 - 2013.  She believed that children learn through consistent, respectful, trusting adult role models and through inquiry and investigation of the world. As an involved parent she provided these building blocks for her two daughters and as a Girl Scout Leader she provided opportunities for numerous children to explore the world and learn skills needed to be productive citizens. Above all else, she believed that education for all is a foundation of our democracy. 


Living in New Castle for 88 years, Mary Lea was an avid reader of the Courier Times and donated to the Henry County Foundation. Every morning she listened to NPR and every evening watched programs on PBS.


Mary Lea is survived by her daughters, Nancy Apple of Columbus, OH and Peggy Apple of Brownsburg, IN; sister, Martha (Hutson) Michael, New Castle, IN; and nine nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Apple; her parents, Everett & Gertrude (Keesling) Hutson; and brothers, Milton, Marvin, Marlin, and Miron Hutson.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to honor the life of Mary Lea Apple to the Henry County Community Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund or to the Clarion University Mary Lea Apple Scholarship

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