Mary Lou (Little) Heitz, of Port Charlotte, Florida and formerly of Madison, Indiana, died Tuesday, May 11, at home surrounded by her two daughters and family. She was born on May 15, 1931 to Herbert and Leona (Ryker) Little and she was raised on Ryker's Ridge. She was a 1949 graduate of Central High School.
She was united in marriage to Richard Joseph Heitz on September 12, 1953 at St. Patricks Church in Madison. The couple had two daughters, Tammy and Linda.
Mary Lou was a familiar face around the Jefferson County Courthouse where she served as the Madison Township Assessor for over 30 years. She loved the community of Madison and enjoyed visiting with familiar faces who came in her office. Upon her retirement as Assessor, she still worked with her friends at the courthouse at the Jefferson County Treasurer's office. She was active in the Jefferson County Democratic Party and served as Vice County Chairman of the party for one year. In 2009, she moved to Florida to be near her daughters.
She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Throughout her life, Mary Lou enjoyed reading, music, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed watching IU basketball games, playing euchre with family and friends, and on more than one occasion playing the slot machines. She will be remembered for her great laugh, true spirit and genuine personality.
She is survived by her two daughters, Tammy Crafton and her husband Roger Crafton of Port Charlotte, FL, and Linda Konings, and her husband Paul Konings, of Rotonda West, FL. One brother, William (Shirley) Little of Madison, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Richard, who died August 25, 1994, her sisters, Marjorie Covington and Anna Francis Ellis and several nieces and nephews.
Her life and memory will be in the hearts of her daughters and all those who knew and loved her.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 PM Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Saint Patrick's Chapel, 305 W. State Street, Madison with interment to follow in Saint Patrick Cemetery. Friends and family may call at Lytle Welty Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday, October 16, 2021. The Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home at 9:00 AM on Saturday.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Friends of Shawe and Pope John or to the Tidewell Foundation. Contributions may be made at the Lytle Welty Funeral Home or below.
Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.
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