Mary Love Ochs



Mary Love Ochs, of North Vernon, Indiana, age 87, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 19, 2020. Mary was born April 23, 1933 to Booker Frances Simpson and Madge Clarice McCarnan Simpson.

She was the youngest of four children: Frank, Minnie Childs, and Shirley Anne.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.

Mary met her husband, Jim, of 68 years while in school and the pair were blessed with three boys: Gary, Jeffrey, and David.

Mary was a long-time member of the Auxiliary of Gideon’s International as well as a co-owner of Ochs Home Furnishings for 35 years in North Vernon, Indiana. She also played piano and organ for church services at First Baptist Church in North Vernon and Seymour. Mary counted her greatest loves in life as her savior Jesus Christ, her family, and the piano. She experienced the joy of all three whenever she sat at her piano playing music from memory for all who would listen.

While she experienced tumultuous pain throughout her life, she never lost sight of the joy and sweetness her life held for her. She looked forward to the day her body would be whole in Glory, but relished in the beauty of her life here on Earth with the people she loved. Sharing music and her love for the Lord with friends and family is her lasting legacy that will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.

Mary is survived by her husband Jim Ochs, sons Gary Ochs (Chris), Jeff Ochs (Tammy), David Ochs (Rhonda), and seven grandchildren, Megan, Adam, Katie, Allie, Maddie, Ashley, and Zachary. She also leaves her legacy behind for three great-grandchildren, Esther, Evangeline, and Titus James.

A celebration of Mary’s loving, creative, enduring, and hopeful spirit will be held at Emmanuel Church’s Franklin Campus, 550 Homestead Blvd., Franklin, Indiana, on Friday, October 9th 2020. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm followed by a celebration of life service at 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made through Gideon Memorial Bible Program at Arrangements have been entrusted to the Neptune Society, where condolences may be shared at

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