Marybelle Craig Hines, 97, of Columbus, Indiana and formerly of Scipio, Indiana, died Sunday, Nov, 20, 2022, at Silver Oaks Health Campus in Columbus.

She was born on March 27, 1925, in Indianapolis, to Charles Wesley and Gladys Marie Gray Craig. She was a 1942 graduate of Scipio High School and married Wallace Harold “Wally” Hines on Dec. 18, 1943, in Vernon, Indiana, who served as minister at Smyrna-Monroe Presbyterian Church in Madison and Jefferson Presbyterian Church in Canaan, Indiana. She was a 75-year member of the Scipio Presbyterian Church and served as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher, President of the Women’s Society and on the Funeral Dinner Committee. She was the church financial secretary for many years. She was a natural musician and passed that on to her two sons. Without reading music, she played piano, sang harmony, was the church pianist for 50 plus years, sang in the choir and with “The Trio.” Her husband bought an old pump organ at an auction, and she played that, too. She was active in the Scipio community, helped organize the Scipio Elementary School PTA, was a 4-H leader and member of the Scipio Home Economics Club. She served as treasurer of the Scipio Fire Department for many years and in 1971 started working as a clerk at the Scipio Post Office until retiring in 1987. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting, crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. She enjoyed decorating her home for all occasions and holidays, especially Christmas, and continued that over the many years she and her husband lived at Silver Oaks.

Survivors include her children, Rebecca Umphrey of North Vernon, Indiana, Boni Fewell of The Villages, Florida, W. Wesley Hines and T. Scott Hines, both of Scipio and Laura Johnson of Columbus; and 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 78 years on Aug, 12, 2022; an infant brother; a sister, Ann Williams; and other family.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon. Burial will follow in the Scipio Cemetery in Scipio. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

The family has requested that no flowers or floral arrangements be sent due to family allergies. Memorial contributions may be made to Scipio Presbyterian Church through the funeral home.

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