A Life Well Lived
Mrs. Edith (Harlow) Dugle, age 97, of Rising Sun, Indiana, formerly of Sunman, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her loving children. She was born September 9, 1923 in Switzerland County, Indiana, the daughter of James Otis and Lenna Mae (Stewart) Harlow. Mrs. Dugle attended elementary school at Riverview, Plum Creek and Thornhill as her family moved from farm to farm early in her life. The family bought a farm in Fairview, Indiana and the Harlow family was finally settled. Edith worked hard on the farm, loving her work outside, planting the crops, milking the cows, feeding the chickens. She could take care of any farm work that needed to be done. Edith especially loved horses and taking care of them, riding, plowing, feeding, watering, and harnessing them. She was baptized at the Plum Creek Baptist Church.
In 1941 she graduated from Patriot High School. After graduation, Edith started working at the John Fulton Inn in Rising Sun. Later, she worked at several grocery stores in Rising Sun, Greendale and Sunman, and at the Old Brick Tavern in PennTown, Indiana as a waitress and cook. She retired after working at the American Legion in Rising Sun. She was a people person, loved to work hard, had a great sense of humor, loved to dance and have fun with her family and friends. Edith was the life of any event. She was a good listener, secret keeper, and the glue that held the family together.
On April 17, 1946, she married the love of her life, Howard Dugle in Covington, Kentucky with the late Reverend Arthur Tipton officiating. Together they raised three great children – John, Lenna, and Chuck – and shared sixty-one years of marriage until Howard’s death on January 10, 2007. They shared a great life together with all the good and bad times. The Dugle’s loved to camp, having camped at several locations over the years, the Rock House on Laughrey Creek, the camp on Grant's Creek, and the camp back on Laughery Creek. They listened to Bluegrass music, the old Country music - especially Conway Twitty and Ernest Tubb, and spent time with their family and friends. Most of all they loved to dance. The Dugle’s were very patriotic and proud of all the family who served in the military.
Edith was an excellent homemaker, great cook and loved to bake. She loved to cook big meals and have all the family together on weekends or holidays. She was very involved with her children and grandchildren’s activities, including Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, sporting events, and camping. Camping with her grandchildren and cooking over an open fire was pure joy for her and they loved it. The Dugle house was filled with lots of love, laughter, good food, and a lot of card playing.
Edith had a great sense of adventure, traveling with her grandchildren and nieces on weekend trips, on longer trips to West Virginia, Tennessee and Washington, DC with her siblings, and Renfro Valley, Put-In-Bay and Bluegrass concerts with Lenna, Mary and Peggy. The last several years she has enjoyed going to Milhousen, Indiana and eating the best fried chicken ever, and visting with her family and friends.
She was a sixty-year plus member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Auxiliary Legion, Red Hat Society, honorary leader of the Rainbow Girls in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and was crowned Blue Jean Festival Queen in 1997.
Most of all, Edith loved her family. Her mother, being the sweetest, most caring and loving person ever, taught Edith how to do it! Edith did as much for her mother as she could, a good daughter and sister being one of her goals. She was always ready to fight her siblings’ battles, do their chores, carry them to school if needed, and always looked out for them. The second major goal for Edith was to be a great wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, and friend. She surpassed that goal and loved all her family and friends dearly. She was always available to help her family, friends, or anyone in need. Edith cared for several family members in her home over the years,- Aunt Maggie Dugle, Grandpa Dugle, her husband and her parents. So, we can see she was just like her mother, and one of the two greatest and loving women ever.
In 2019, at age 96, Edith showed everyone how strong and feisty she was. She recovered from a fall that required a rod and pins put in her leg. It is safe to say that all that dancing and farm work over the years paid off??
She had two special nieces, Rita (Harlow) Addleman and the late Cheryl “Kak” Harlow who helped take care of her, and Howard and John, who thought of her as their grandmother and loved her dearly. Also special friends who also cared for her, Mary Colen and Kathy and Gene Rosemeyer. Kathy was a bonus daughter to Edith.
A Loving Family
Edith will be missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Sandy Dugle of Rising Sun; her daughter and son-in-law, Lenna and John Herzog of Aurora, Indiana; her daughter-in-law, Bonnie Dugle and family of Rising Sun; seven grandchildren: Charles Dugle and his wife, Jenny of Clarksville, Tennessee, Delana Sevier and her husband, Brian of Versailles, Indiana, Arin Nanz and her husband, Chad of Lawrenceburg, Matt Markland and his wife, Amanda of Rising Sun, Eric Herzog and his wife, Lindsay of Bright, Indiana, Denver Dugle and his wife, Sarah of Nemo, Texas, and Curt Dugle and his wife, Ashley of North Bend, Ohio; seventeen great grandchildren; five great great children; her sister, Gladys Hunt of Madison, Indiana; her sister-in-law, Ruth Harlow of Madison; several nieces and nephews;
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, John Dugle who passed away on September 26, 2010; two sisters: Norma Harlow and Thelma Thurnall; three brothers: Charles, Marion and Gerald “Jerry” Harlow; two brothers-in-law: Burnie Hunt and Harold Thurnall; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Harlow; her niece, Cheryl “Kak” Harlow; and one nephew, Ernie Hunt.
So, Mom, Mrs. Dugle, Edie, Harvey, Goose, Aunt Edie, Grammy, Grandma, and Ma Ma Dugle you will be greatly missed. What a blessing you have been in our lives, and what a legacy you leave behind!
Eldon Fancher will conduct funeral services at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with interment at a later date in Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana. Friends may call from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home.
The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Rising Sun Fire Deptarment, Ohio County EMS, American Cancer Society, or The American Heart Accociation.
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