Cover photo for Mary Alice (Watson)  Gambrell Hipskind's Obituary
1936 Mary 2019

Mary Alice (Watson) Gambrell Hipskind

August 7, 1936 — November 24, 2019

Peru, Indiana

Mary Alice Gambrell Hipskind, 83, Peru, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019, as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Peru.

Born August 7, 1936, in Noblesville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Earl Watson and the former Orpha Ford.  She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Louis Schoolcraft.  She was one of fifteen siblings, three of whom survive, Vicki Baker, Elwood, IN; John Watson, Elwood, IN; and Jerry Watson, White, Georgia.

She is survived by her sons, Stanley Gambrell, Noblesville, IN; Gary (Jerilyn) Gambrell, Gilead, IN; Larry (Anna) Odle, Noblesville, IN; and Glen (Wendy) Sigley Jr., Fayetteville Georgia; grandchildren, Stanley Gambrell, Seth Gambrell, Samantha Gambrell, Trenton Gambrell, Amber Musselman, Oris Lloyd, Clinton Gambrell, Dawson Sigley, and Chais Sigley; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

On December 8, 2018, she was married to Joseph Hipskind and added to her family with his six children and their families: Diana (Roger) Craig, South Bend, Indiana; Andrew Hipskind, Plymouth, Indiana; Lisa (Steve) Wilmotte, San Antonio, Texas; Sarah Hipskind, South Bend, Indiana; Paula Shimba, South Bend, Indiana, and David (Amber) Hipskind, South Bend, Indiana.

Mary's life was dedicated to God, which was shown by the way she ministered and loved everyone she met. She was a teacher of the bible her whole life starting in children's ministry and ending with adult Sunday school. She was known for her knowledge of the Word and her strong dedication to prayer.  If you needed a prayer, Mary would always be there to pray with you. She walked in the spirit of God, and the power of God was always upon her. She had a gift for hospitality and everyone loved her cooking. She enjoyed cooking meals, baking pies, and canning foods for others. She was passionate about working in her yard and beautiful flowerbeds. Marrying Joe brought her great happiness. She will be missed by her husband, her family, and so many others who all thank God for sharing her with them.

One son, Tim Gambrell, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the First Assembly of God, Peru, Indiana, with Pastor E. J. Litherland officiating.

Visitation will be from 1-3:00 p.m. at the church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Peru First Assembly of God.

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.  Please visit, where you can leave messages of condolence or order expressions of sympathy for the service.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mary Alice (Watson) Gambrell Hipskind, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, December 1, 2019

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 2

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree