Violet Ruth (Smith) McMahan

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Violet Ruth (Smith) McMahan, 90, Bloomington, wife of the Rev. Donald F. McMahan, retired Elder of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, died at home Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.

She was an integral part of her husband's pastorates in Greene and Monroe counties and the communities of Raub, Remington, Crawfordsville and Plainfield. She also served with him in his administrative ministries as the superintendent for the Greencastle, Lebanon and South Bend districts of The United Methodist Church, and as a director of two United Methodist retirement homes, Haven Hubbard in South Bend and Asbury Towers in Greencastle.

Survivors include her husband of 72 years; son, the Rev. Larry W. McMahan of Bloomington; daughter, Susan E. Stein; and granddaughter, Jessica Anne Stein.

Services were earlier this week in Bloomington, followed by interment at Cresthaven Cemetery in Bedford.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Bloomington or the First United Methodist Church, 219 East 4th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408.

Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Donald F. McMahan, 3902 S. Jamie Lane, Bloomington, IN 47401. Online condolences may be sent to the family at