Mary Redmon Vessels (85) of New Albany, IN, passed away August 17, 2020 at home surrounded by family. She was born on February 25, 1935 in Meade County, KY. She was the youngest of 12 children of the late B.C. and Della Redmon. Mary is survived by her adoring husband of 65 years W. G. (Bill) Vessels; her six children Paula Vessels (John), R. Wayne Vessels (Cheryl), Teresa Vessels (Brian), Patrick Vessels (Jill), Joel Vessels (Lena), and Sarah Hughes (Chris); 15 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild, and her sister Joan Medley. Mary loved her God, her family, and the Arts fervently and was a gifted musician. Her desire to play the piano began before she could climb onto the piano stool; she’d raise her hands high until someone sat her there. Blessed with perfect pitch, she played several instruments: piano, organ, guitar, percussion, and trombone. Serving the Church with her music began while she was a student. She was music director, organist, and choir director at Holy Trinity Catholic Church until it burned down and then at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, both in New Albany, IN. Mary’s final church service, before illness forced her retirement, was at Corydon Presbyterian Church. Additionally, she taught piano to many children and adults throughout her adult life. Mary had a second passion, creating with needle and thread. She was an excellent and professional seamstress with sewing skills second to none. She sewed clothes for herself, her children, family, friends, clients, the Kentucky Opera Association, and other arts programs in her community She was proud of her perfect attendance record through all 12 grades of school at Flaherty Grade and High School. Growing up on a farm, she had her share of chores. milking cows daily and churning butter on weekends, Mary was indeed a country girl with wonderful talents. She will be remembered, especially by her family, for her passion, love, devotion, creativity, and strength. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, please donate to your favorite charity.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 East Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana 47150. The funeral liturgy will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at St Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church (St. Mary’s) at 10 a.m. at 415 East 8th Street, New Albany, Indiana. Burial will follow at St Martin of Tours Catholic Church Cemetery in Flaherty, Kentucky, 440 Saint Martin Road, Vine Grove, Kentucky at 12:30 p.m. Friends and family may leave messages and memories at www.kraftfuneralservice.net.