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Esther Muriel (Malan) Rutledge, 85, Indianapolis

Esther Muriel (Malan) Rutledge, 85, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Indianapolis. She was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Highland, Ill., to Orville and Thelma (Zilles) Malan.

Esther spent her formative years in Columbus and Brown County. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1945 and received her R.N. from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in 1948. She later received her bachelor's in nursing from Indiana University, as well as degrees in psychology and geology. She retired as a Marion County public health nurse in 1994.

Esther had many interests, chief among them was a fascination with geology. Her favorite gifts to receive were unusual rocks and minerals. She recently combined her interests in genealogy, anthropology, and genetics by having her personal genome investigated. She was thrilled to find out where her ancestors had originated. Esther loved to garden and took pride in her ability to grow almost anything. She adored being surrounded by flowers and trees. She had a lifelong interest in education and pursued learning through reading, classes, and conversations with fascinating people. After retirement, she volunteered in the Indianapolis public libraries where her son and daughter-in-law both worked. Since she was a voracious reader, volunteering at the library meant she was enveloped by all the books she could consume. Esther was a very social person and had friends in all walks of life. She enjoyed meeting friends for lunch to talk politics and current events. She also had a great love of jazz music.

Esther Muriel (Malan) Rutledge is survived by a daughter, Rachel Rutledge; and son-in-law, Rick Kint, of Seattle; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Reta Rutledge of Beech Grove; several siblings, Barbara Strahl, Phyllis McQueary, Fred, Howard and Jack Malan, Fay Bracher, Bob Malan and Karen Streeval, of Columbus, Nashville, and Brown County; and by many, many nieces, nephews and their families.

A memorial to celebrate her life will be conducted Saturday, May 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple, Ruth Lilly Library, 820 East 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: (317) 255-2464.

Memorial donations can be made to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, P.O. Box 6134, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6134.

  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 23
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 27
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 27
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 28
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road
  • December 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 31
    Live band at the Playhouse
    8 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 2
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 8
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 10
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • January 14
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 7
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.