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Patsy A. Ahrens, 82, Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Allisonville Meadows, Fishers.
Patsy was born July 16, 1934, in Greensburg, the daughter of Andy Benham and Helen (Powers) Barhorst. She graduated from Greensburg High School, and then married Ervin Ahrens Sept. 16, 1950, in Ripley County.
Patsy worked as a bookkeeper at Hargitt Construction, John Hull Trucking and Best Way of Indiana over the years. She was a member of the American Legion, where she was bookkeeper for 45 years, and was a charter member at the Grace Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her children, Donna Crank, Columbus, and Andy (Kelly) Ahrens, Indianapolis; two grandchildren she helped raise, Leslie and Daniel Bailey, as well as five additional grandchildren, Ronnie Hitch, Dawn Lawson, Josh Ahrens, Patrick Ahrens and Amanda Ahrens; two sisters, Ethel (Bill) Borneman and Olive "Ollie" (Jack) Thomas; half-sister Kathy (Tim) Reece; brother Dick (Sue) Benham; 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Debra Bailey; and one sister, Nellie Pfeister.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 4-7 p.m. at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Patsy's funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Debra Ahrens Bailey Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.
Published on  September 26, 2016
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