Marjorie Sue Leighty, age 96, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away at the Loogootee Nursing Center on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

She was born July 11, 1923, in Shoals, to Ora Clyde and Emma (Dorsett) Terry. She was first married to William R. Jones, then to Robert Sherfick, and both preceded her in death. She later married Carl J. Leighty and he also preceded her in death.

She was a 1941 Graduate of Shoals High School, attended Central Normal College, in Danville, along with her father; Butler University, and completed her Masters Degree at Indiana State University.

“Sue” was a lifelong educator following her father’s footsteps along with three of her sisters. She enjoyed teaching Jr. High and High School students primarily in English, Physical Education, and Business. During her career she taught in Orleans, Indianapolis, Mitchell, and Shoals. She retired with thirty-two years of service. Following her retirement, she was a substitute teacher for many years. She taught three generations of Shoals families. She was a high school and college cheerleader and coached cheerleading later.

She attended the Shoals Christian Church, was a member of the Retired Teachers of Martin and Daviess County, the American Legion Auxiliary, The Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, was a former member of the Huron Cemetery Association, the Martin County Historical Society, the Shoals Senior Citizens, and was Grand Marshal of the 2005 Shoals Catfish Festival Parade.

Survivors include one daughter, Cindi Howlett and husband Ted, of Speedway; one son, Joe Sherfick and wife Karen, of Ellettsville; one granddaughter, Abbie Sherfick; one grandson, A.J. Sherfick; one sister, Phyllis Sims, of Indianapolis; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Ruth Hess, Doris Kunkel, and Vivian Small.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25th, at the Shoals Christian Church, with Pastor Matt Sullivan officiating.

Burial will be made in the Huron Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel, in Shoals, of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc.

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