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Mary Agler


Mary Margaret Salter Agler left this world on Oct. 17, 2019, four days after her 91st birthday.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Oct. 13, 1928, to Alice Isherwood and Albert Salter, residents of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, she married Branson A. Agler in 1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she worked for The Grand Rapids Press.

Mary lived most of her life in Shelbyville, Indiana. She worked in the Shelbyville school system for many years, retiring as a teacher at SHS in 1984. She taught English and journalism.

She graduated from Pawtucket High School in 1946 where she was active on the yearbook staff, Thespians, played volleyball and was a selected member of the Rhode Island Honor Society for academics. Agler attended The College of Wooster in Ohio, and Michigan State University in Lansing, where she received a BA degree in 1950. She later attended Ball State and Butler University; finally receiving her master’s degree in Education in 1980 from Indiana University.

She and her husband have four children and ten grandchildren: Steven Agler, David Agler, Jayne Agler Handrahan, Natalie Elizabeth (Agler) Barnes, Lauren Agler Bice, Marianne Agler Ohlsson, Jody Agler Barbour, Jonathan Agler, Lillian Agler Reed, Thomas Agler, Mary Handrahan Cochran, Emily Jayne (Handrahan) Schulenberg, Alice Barnes and Jack Barnes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Herbert Salter, who lived in Wilton, Connecticut, and her husband, Branson Agler, who died in 2008.

She is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Shelbyville, Chapter AL-P.E.O. and Catherine Merrill Circle. She volunteered as a member of the Shelby County Child Protection Team for many years.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Shelbyville. Visitors may greet the family after the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Mary Agler’s name to either St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Shelbyville, Indiana, or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.