Martha L. “Marty” Scearce, 87, Syracuse, passed away at 12:55 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at Towne House Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. She was born Jan. 2, 1931, in Syracuse, to Leo Burtram “Burt” and Mary H. “Hazel” (Dewart) Whitehead.
She graduated in 1948 from Syracuse High School and in 1952 from Indiana University in Bloomington. She was married on June 21, 1952, in Syracuse, to Donald G. “Don” Scearce who preceded her on Dec. 2, 2010. She grew up in Syracuse, lived in Fort Wayne for 12 years, and Warsaw for 30 years before moving back to Syracuse for retirement. She was the co-owner and operator of Scearce & Associates in Warsaw, as office manager for ten years.
She was a member of the North Webster United Methodist Church, & P.E.O. Sister Hood – Chapter E.J. She was an avid bridge player, reader, and genealogist.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Stanford) Rice, Fort Wayne; son, Gary (Vickie) Scearce, Crown Point; five grandchildren: Matthew and Katie Scearce, Alexandra, William and Michael Rice; six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Lyle Whitehead.
Cremation will take place at Cremation Services of Kosciusko County, 4356 N. SR 15, Warsaw. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the United Methodist Church, 7822 E Epworth Forest Rd, North Webster. Private family burial will take place in the Salem Cemetery near Milford at a later date.
Preferred memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church, 7822 E Epworth Forest Rd, North Webster, IN 46555 Kosciusko County Community Foundation, 102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580, or Kosciusko County Historical Society, 121 N. Indiana St., Warsaw, IN 46580. To send condolences to the family in memory of Martha Scearce, please visit www.owenfamilyfuneralhome.com