She was born Sept. 30, 1917, in Berthold, N.D., to John and Golda (Feigley) Slack. Ethel was a 1936 graduate of Claypool High School and was a graduate of the Indiana University Purdue University School of Nursing, in Fort Wayne, Ind. She married Roy L. Kinsey in Claypool, Ind., on March 12, 1938.
She was a registered nurse and worked at Wabash County Hospital, Vernon Manor Childrens Home, Timbercrest Retirement Community and Peabody Retirement Community. Ethel was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Wabash, Ind. She enjoyed reading, knitting, cross stitching, crocheting, crafts and gardening. She lived in Claypool before moving to North Manchester, where she lived 30 years. She then lived in Wabash for seven years, Kokomo, Ind., for four years, Bickford Cottage in Wabash for a year, and at Peabody since 2011.
She is survived by her husband; three children: David (Carolyn) Kinsey, Harned, Ky.; Anne (Dr. Robert) Steele, Kokomo, Ind.; Mary (Stan) Willmert, Wabash; seven grandchildren: Andrew (Lacey) Montgomery, Chicago, Ill.; Scott Montgomery, Kokomo; Stephanie Kinsey, Bloomington, Ind.; Marienne Kinsey, Indianapolis, Ind.; Konrad (Julie) Willmert, Jonesboro, Ind.; Kristopher (Stephanie) Willmert, LaFontaine, Ind.; and Anne Willmert, Wabash; five great-grandchildren; and her sister: Dorothy Neff, Applegate, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Irene Cauffman.
Visitation will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the church with Pastor Jeremy Yeadon officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.
Preferred memorial is Zion Lutheran Church.