Mazo was born June 7, 1905, in Jackson Twp, the daughter of Will and Nora Siegelin Scharf. She was united in marriage to Orville Modesitt on April 17, 1932. He preceded her in death in 1974.
Mrs. Modesitt graduated from Brazil High School and the former Brazil Business University. She also attended seminars at Indiana State University and the University of Indianapolis. She was a lifetime member of the Union United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years, and was also active in the United Methodist Women's Organization.
She rarely missed a Sunday and attended the church for 104 years, until recently when her health no longer permitted. She was a 70-year member of the Better Homes Extension Club. She had been employed as a teacher's aide in the Clay County School Corp. for 10 years and worked for Waldorf Home Health Agency until she was 92 years old.
Mazo volunteered at the Clay County Hospital for many years and she was a member of the Clay County Hospital Auxiliary. She was known for her sewing ability, often making curtains and clothes for family and friends, and had made several lap robes for area nursing homes.
She loved to travel and participated in the Elderhostel Program for several years. She also played the piano and entertained the residents of Cloverleaf Healthcare Center on several occasions in the past. Occasionally, she would attend a gathering of the "Red Hats" and enjoyed the friendship of the group. She often claimed her secret to longevity was her faith in God, staying active and riding her exercise bicycle every day.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son Glenn Modesitt, stepson Richard Modesitt, daughters-in-law Jean Modesitt and Helen Modesitt, son-in-law Henry Mix, brothers Carl and Robert Scharf, sister Edna Hart, brothers-in-law Arthur Hart and Wayne Anderson and sister-in-law Violet Scharf.
Survivors include her sons John and wife Jane, Syracuse, Ind., Joe and wife Janice Modesitt, St. Charles, Mo., stepson Robert Modesitt, South Carolina, stepdaughter Irene Modesitt Mix, daughter-in-law Marilyn Modesitt, sisters Pauline Wise (Dave), and Marjorie Anderson, sister-in-law Stella Mae Scharf, seven grandchildren, five step grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, seven step grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, several nieces, nephews and extended family, including a special niece Betty Scharf.
Services will be held Monday, at 11 a.m., at Union United Methodist Church with Revs. Andy Charnstrom and Dennis Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, from 5-8 p.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., and again Monday, one hour prior to services, at the church. Mazo has requested this service to be a celebration of her life, as well as a time or remembrance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union United Methodist Church or the charity of choice.
Light a candle in her memory at www.lawson-millerchapel.com.