Mary A. Simbol, 95, of Terre Haute, Indiana fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday Aug. 1, 2009 at 5:27 p.m. in Regional Hospital with her loving children and grandchildren by her side. She was a retired farmer. Mary was born Sept. 5, 1913 in Spring Valley, Ill. to Julia and Mose Malooley. Her husband of 63 years, Mike Simbol, had passed away in April 2003. Mary is survived by her children, Nora, Mike, Esther, Nellie and Mary Ann Simbol; and grandchildren, Curtis S. Bodine and wife Kelly, and Michelle, Mike, Nicholas and husband James; and by great-grandchildren, Luke, Isaac, Nicholas and Maya Simbol Bodine. She is also survived by her sisters, Louise Grohovsky and Julia Winniski, sister-in-law, Rose Malooley and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom she loved like her own children. She spent her childhood in Kearney, Nebraska, where at age 16 her mother passed away 10 days after childbirth. Being the oldest of six children, she cared for her younger brothers and sisters. In 1929, her father moved the family to Terre Haute, where they continued their farming profession.
Mary was the oldest member of St. George Church  in Terre Haute, where in her healthier years she was active in working for the church. She deservedly was honored with the highest award from the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, the Meritorious Service Award, presented to her and her husband, Mike, on Oct. 23, 1983, by Archbishop PHILIP Saliba for her service and dedication to the church. She was a member and past officer of the St. George Ladies society and the society of St. George. If there was work to be done for the church, Mary was there early and stayed late to accomplish it. She was an excellent cook and freely gave of that talent to her family and church. She was a 50 year member of the Linton township Home Economist Club, where neighbors were lifelong friends. Her sweet smile, loving eyes and kind words greeted all with the same respect and love. She was a woman of great character, strength, courage, intelligence and honor. She was a friend to all she met.