Obituary for Mary Rose Lindley


Mary Rose Lindley

May 11, 1946 - October 4, 2020

Mary Rose Lindley, 74, a proud grandmother and faithful believer in Jesus Christ, passed on Sunday, October 4th, 2020, at Hamilton Trace Rehabilitation center in Fishers, Indiana.

Mary was born in Santa Monica, California on May 11, 1946 and grew up in Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts where she met her first husband, Leonard Hugh Davis Jr., who was the father of their three children.

They built a home in Granger, Indiana off Adams Acre. She worked as a collection specialist with Sears & Roebuck for several years. After the passing of our father in 1986, our mom did her best with us girls and tried to start a new beginning in South Bend, Indiana. During the summer after dad’s passing, Mom had us girls stay with our grandmother, Agnes, in Lynn, Massachusetts. We enjoyed exploring all the places she knew while growing up, especially the Boston Commons, Quincy Market, and the nearby beaches, where we bonded. Later that year, she met Tony Lindley at our nearby church, Maranatha Temple, and they married in 1986. They eventually moved to Indianapolis.

Mary made it a priority to finish her high school education and graduate alongside her daughter, Erika, in 1993, finishing with Arsenal Technical High School.

Later Mary found work in collections again with Community Hospital and then with Sallie Mae, for student loan collections. After 19 years, she retired with Navient (formerly Sallie Mae) in 2018. She was a top performer many times receiving bonuses and prizes. She did very well and was a friend to many.

Mary loved her children and was always there to support us when we needed her the most. She has let all of us stay at her home on Holly Berry Circle, at one point or another, where she has lived for over 19 years in Fishers, Indiana. We appreciated that she gave us shelter and loved us no matter what. She loved her faith in Christianity, Jesus, and her dogs. Jesus was her compass and she always followed his way.

Fond memories of our mom would be when she walked with her son and took us girls to Potato Creek to swim. She loved to float with her toes up and laughing loudly while eating fun dinners. When she traveled to Boston with Erika around 2006, she was nervous about flying, but we made it and had a great time. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, sharing old movies, reality TV shows, and shopping in Brown County. She loved cooking when she was younger and Natalie learned much of her cooking skills from her. She enjoyed being around family during the holidays, especially during Christmas, when she would take us to see Christmas lights.

Mary is survived by her second husband, Tony Lindley; her children, Leonard H. Davis III, Erika Davis Robertson, and Natalie Davis Bauerle; seven grandchildren, Brandon Davis, Christopher Parrish Jr., Malachi Blassingame, Melanie Davis, Davis Richardson, Julian Robertson, and Elwynn Robertson; and three great grandchildren, Andrew Parrish, Noelle Parrish, and Nirvana Davis.

A funeral service will not be held as it was her wish to be cremated, but a future memorial will be held for her immediate family soon.

Mary, our mom, will be missed.

Ronnie L Mozee posted on October 29, 2020

Mary, was a close friend of me and my wife for years. We worked together for several years at Student Assistance Corporation, a Sallemae Co. I will truly miss her. Rest in Peace, Mary

Kimbrally Regnier posted on October 8, 2020

I worked With Mary for many years and over time we became friends. I kept in contact with her after she retired from Navient and got to visit her in the hospital recently and witness her faith. I will miss her laughter and smiles which could light up a room. I am glad that I was a small part of her life and will miss her greatly.


Your condolence may need to be approved before it appears on this page. It may not appear immediately once submitted.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* *