Margaret Elizabeth Libby Kinder

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Margaret Elizabeth "Libby" Kinder

September 29, 1922 - January 18, 2019

Margaret Elizabeth Libby Kinder Margaret E. Kinder, 96, Logansport, died peacefully at home. Friday, January 18, 2019,
Known to friends and family as Libby, she was born September 29, 1922, on the family farm in Brooklyn, Indiana, to the late Joseph and Bessie (Armstrong) Baughman.
Libby and the love of her life, Fred E. Kinder, were engaged on her birthday and she maintained that was the best present she ever received. They were married November 27, 1946. Just a few month shy of their 60th wedding anniversary, Fred passed away on August 8, 2006.
Libby had graduated from Purdue University in 1943. While at Purdue, she was a member of the Gold Peppers Society and Kappa Delta Pi International Honorary Sorority in Education. She also enjoyed participating in women's intramural athletics.
She was intrigued with the challenge of learning and graduated with honors. Libby's Bachelor of Science degree in education took her on a journey to teach science, physical education and home economics throughout her career.
Never a woman to shy away from a challenge, her first job was teaching home economics and physical education, while simultaneously managing the school cafeteria at Fair Oaks Schools.
After her employment at Fair Oaks, Libby also taught at Paragon, Royal Center, and Washington Township schools before retiring from Logansport Community School Corporation in 1985. While at Logansport, she instituted the corporation's first elementary physical education program and also taught home economics and physical education.
In addition to raising a family and teaching, she was also active in Home Ec club, Bridge club, 4-H leadership and judging, golf, line dancing, snow skiing, fishing, camping and supporting her husband, known as "Coach" in Logansport, and her daughters in all their endeavors. She had served as a deaconess at the River of Life Christian Church. She was a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, the Cass County Retired Teachers Association, and the Jayettes and the Lioness ladies' groups.
Even though she admittedly couldn't carry a tune, she never hesitated to raise her voice for what was right. She championed the principles of forthrightness, truthfulness and dependability.
Libby is survived by daughters Sherry (Stuart) Whitcomb, Kokomo, and Deborah (Donald) Shepherd, Terre Haute; two grandchildren, Jeff (Amalia) Whitcomb of Tampa, FL, and Heather (Brady) Meadors of Terre Haute; three great-grandchildren, Chase Meadors and Isabella and Colton Whitcomb; a brother, William Baughman and sisters-in-law Sharon (Joe)Baughman and Mary (Ralph) Thomas.
In addition to her husband, Libby was predeceased by brothers, Ernest and Joseph Baughman.
In accordance with Libby's wishes, graveside rites will be Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Springville Cemetery in Springville, Indiana, with Donald Shepherd officiating.
The cemetery is located on Bedford St. just north of the Hwy 54-58 junction in Springville (Lawrence County.) It is the 1st cemetery on the right or turn on Brick St from Hwy 54-58 Go North turn left at Post Office on Bedford St. and the cemetery is on the Left after the Baptist Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Springville Cemetery Association, c/o Ann Armstrong, 3248 State Rd. 54 W, Springville, IN.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport.
Published on January 20, 2019
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5 posts

Barbara Billman Gilzean
Mar 10, 2019
Debbie, I have some fond memories of your mom. Among other things I remember how “revolutionary” it seemed when she started teaching PE at Daniel Webster . I know you will miss her.
Kent Hitchens
Feb 09, 2019
Am saddened by the loss of Libby: She welcomed me into the household back in the late 60's and early 70's during my high school years when I was with Coach Kinder as member of the Track and Cross Country Teams. Probably spent too much time there, but she never complained. She was like a 2nd mom. Along with Sherry and Deb it was like having a 2nd family. Loved them all. Wonderful memories.
William J.Howell
Jan 25, 2019
She was a wonderful person and teacher.
Phil and Wanda Norman
Jan 24, 2019
Pat Grant
Jan 21, 2019
Libby was one of the nicest, kindest people I've ever known. I feel privileged to have known her. My sympathy to all who knew and loved her.