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Georgeanna Ford

February 27, 1925 — January 23, 2019

Georgeanna (Bodine) Ford

Georgeanna Ford, 93, of Covington died at 10:15 AM, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Five Star Residences of Banta Pointe Indianapolis, IN.

Georgeanna Ford was born on February 27, 1925 in Attica, IN. She was a daughter to the late James L. and Eleanor Pearl (Hickman) Bodine. Georgeanna married the late Donald Eugene Ford on June 5, 1949 in Covington, IN.

Georgeanna’s survivors include: a son, Stephen Bruce (Brenda McDaniel) Ford of Greenwood, IN, a daughter, Cheryl Orr of Gulfport, FL., granddaughters Jennifer Eddins, Charlottesville, VA., Sarah (Michael) Burnett, Paragon, IN, Katie (Clint) Phelps, St. Petersburg, FL, Ashley (Troy) Goble, Danville, IL., Stephanie (Adam) Schott, Indianapolis, IN., and grandson, Stephen (Ashley) Ford, Greenwood, IN. ; great-grandchildren Abigail, Alison and Andrew Burnett, Jayden Eddins, Logan and Tanner Phelps, Reese Goble, Lilly and Lexi Ford, and Zoey Schott. Georgeanna was preceded in death by a sister Mary Eleanor Gayler and a brother James R. Bodine.

Georgeanna graduated from Covington High School in 1943 and from Franklin College in 1948. She began her teaching career at Covington High School in 1949 as the girl’s physical education teacher. She served as sponsor of the Girls Athletic Association (GAA). During her career, Georgeanna strived to develop equal athletic opportunities for female athletes. In 1972, Georgeanna organized Covington High Schools first volleyball team and assumed the role of the Varsity Volleyball Coach. Georgeanna’s reign as CHS Varsity Volleyball Coach lasted a span of 15 years, until she retired from teaching in January 1987. In addition to pioneering a successful volleyball program, she also furthered the sport of volleyball by training athletes who in turn have become coaches of the sport. Some additional honors include ICGSA (Indiana Collegiate Girls State Association) Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999, Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012, and Covington High School Alumni Wall of Fame in 2017. Georgeanna Ford’s contribution to Covington High School and the Wabash River Conference is immeasurable. Her love of sports and competitive nature was also demonstrated in her involvement in bowling leagues, playing bridge, and participating in golf throughout her life.

Visitation will be on Monday January 28, 2019 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm and the Funeral will be Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 11:00am at Shelby Funeral Home in Covington, IN. Mason Shambach will be officiating the services and Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery following service. Memorials may be given in leu of flowers to the Don and Georgeanna Ford Athletic Scholarship Fund at Western Indiana Community Foundation (WICF).


Shelby Funeral Home

Monday, January 28, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 622 3rd Street
Covington, Indiana 47932 Directions Funeral Service

Shelby Funeral Home

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 622 3rd Street
Covington, Indiana 47932 Directions Burial

Mt. Hope Cemetery

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 1:00 PM Stringtown Road
Covington, Indiana 47932 Directions
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