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May 20, 2012

Marian Lucille Like

Marian Lucille Like, 91, of Terre Haute, was released from this world on May 16, 2012. She had been a resident at Davis Gardens Health Care Facility since the summer of 2011 and previously had been at Cobblestone Crossings for several years.  She had suffered from vascular dementia since 2006, but had been able to stay in her home in Indianapolis until 2009. Marian was born in Vincennes, on May 2, 1921, the daughter of J.O. Sumner and Mamie (Ray) Sumner who preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by her stepmother, Lena Sumner; brothers, Max and Jack Sumner; and sister, Helen Thompson.

Marian was married to George Harold Like for 47 years, he passed away from heart disease and diabetes in 1986. She grew up in Vincennes, moving to Terre Haute in the 1940s. Terre Haute remained her home before moving to Indianapolis in 1968 due to a job transfer. In Terre Haute, she worked at the ISU bookstore making many long lasting friends with coworkers and students. After moving to Indianapolis, she managed the gift shop at IU Hospital and after retirement she volunteered for over 35 years at Riley Children’s Hospital. She attended Breden Memorial Methodist Church in Terre Haute, where she was a Sunday school teacher and also at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. She opened her home through the years to anyone who needed a place to stay sometimes for a few years, or just overnight for many people needing to catch an early plane out of Indy. Her house and hospitality were always welcoming. She loved to cook, bake, and was an avid reader, and usually took fresh baked cookies to the library on her many visits. She had wonderful neighbors who continued to look out for her when she lived on her own.

She led a very active life while she could, traveling to many places within the U.S., Mexico and the Canary Islands. She enjoyed cruising with her last cruise to Alaska.  She enjoyed many long-lasting friendships from Terre Haute and Indianapolis.  Marian belonged to a lunch bunch made up of fellow volunteers, card clubs, loved going out to eat and endured many long shopping trips with her daughter and granddaughters. She was very fortunate to be able to see most of her great-grandchildren grow into school age with the three youngest visiting her often while at Cobblestone. They would always bring a smile to her face as well as the other residents.

To cherish her memory she leaves behind her children, Michael Steven Like of Indianapolis and Nikki (Tom) Seal of Terre Haute; grandchildren, Christopher Wrin, Melissa (Jim) Swan and Melinda Wrin, all of Terre Haute; stepgrandchildren, Connie Wrin and Cathy Brown; as well as 13 grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

Honoring her request, a cremation will be performed and no funeral services are planned. Her family will gather to celebrate her life with cherished memories. Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials.

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