Mary Lou Quandt Averitt, 83, of Zionsville, died April 10, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis, after an extended illness.
Born Dec. 4, 1929, in Chester, Pa., she was the daughter of William Omer and Mildred Patterson Quandt. Mary Lou was a 1948 graduate of Shortridge High School, a nurse for 15-plus years, and a nanny for more than 25 years. She is remembered for her spirited sense of humor (especially on April Fool’s Day), avid love of camping and spending time with children and her dogs. After her husband of 45 years passed on March 4, 1994, she enjoyed shopping, daily outings at McKamey’s Village Pharmacy with a group of lunch friends, and driving her Red VW Bug. When her health failed, she moved into her daughter Nancy’s home for a number of years.
Mary is survived by two sons, Larry Averitt and Tom (Theresa) Averitt; four daughters, Linda (Wayne) Biggs, Della (Owen) Menchhofer, Carol (Scott) Robbins, and Nancy (Robert) Fitzpatrick; 12 grandchildren, Adam and Aaron Biggs, Nick, Rachel and Jessica Averitt, Jacob and Matthew Menchhofer, Courtney Syester and Danielle Syester Lundgren, Holly Fitzpatrick, and Will and Kaitlyn Averitt; eight great-grandchildren; five brothers, Charles ‘Bud,’ Herb, Phil, William and John Quandt; and two sisters, Betty Clark and Shirley Smith.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert Quandt, Don Quandt and Paul Quandt; grandchildren, Hannah Elizabeth Menchhofer and Michael Forrest Fitzpatrick; and her beloved husband, Forrest I. Averitt, whom she wed Aug. 27, 1949.
A graveside service was held for family and close friends on Saturday, April 13, at Zionsville Cemetery, Zionsville Road and W. 106th Street. A celebration of life followed at the American Legion Post No. 79, 9950 E. County Road 600 South, Zionsville.
In lieu of flowers, memrial contributions may be made to St. Vincent Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46268.
Online condolences may be made at www.flannerbuchanan.com, along with a personal message or story.
Arrangements were handled by Flanner & Buchanan-Zionsville.