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April 10, 2014

Ava N. Williams Vestile

89; Madison

Funeral services for Ava N. Williams Vestile, 89, Madison, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, with burial in Springdale Cemetery, Madison. She died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

She was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Soper, Okla., the daughter of William G. and Sarah Parker Williams. She was a graduate of high school in Oklahoma and moved to Indiana at the age of 17 to be with her sister. Ava was united in marriage on Nov. 3, 1945 to James Levi Vestile. This happy union of 67 years was blessed with two daughters, Lila and Sheila and a son, Kerry. James farmed near Canaan for many years and Ava took care of the home and prepared delicious meals for the farm hands and her family. She was a member of the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church near Canaan and after they retired to Madison attended the North Madison Baptist Church. She enjoyed membership and fellowship in the Order of Eastern Star, Hanover Chapter No. 525. She enjoyed cooking, watching basketball and being with her family.

Survivors include two daughters, Lila Gayle Crandell and her husband, James Kenneth, Dade City, Fla., and Sheila G. Ragland, New Albany; her son, Kerry L. Vestile and his wife, Tisha, Avon; brother, Jack Williams, Huntsville, Ala.; sister-in-law, Imogene Storm and her husband, Graham, Fraser, Colo.; grandchildren, Jason Crandell and his wife, Mindy, Zach Crandell and his wife, Cortni, Alex, Ragland, Abigail Carter and her husband, Devin, and James Tyler Vestile and fiancée, Jenna Hill; great-grandchildren, Mallory, Jessa, Brody Crandell and Dane Carter; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William G. and Sarah Parker Williams, her husband of 67 years, James Levi Vestile, died Oct. 6, 2012, sisters, Freda and Ina Grace, and brothers, Leonard Williams, William E. Williams and Sunny Boy Williams

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Hanover Chapter No. 530 Order of Eastern Star will conduct services, 7 p.m.  Friday, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church or the North Madison Baptist Church. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

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