Nella Mae Padfield


Nella Mae Padfield, 75, of Greentown, passed away at 2:32 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019, at her residence. Born Aug. 14, 1943, in Gainsboro, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late John and Nella (Stewart) Coons.
She was a 1961 graduate of Wendell Wilke High School, received an associate degree from Indiana University Kokomo (IUK), a B.S. summa cum laude and M.S. from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU).
On June 8, 1979, in Kokomo, she married Rodney K. Padfield.
She was employed with Delphi for over 30 years, retiring in 2001. She volunteered with the Historical Society in Greentown, also the Literacy Coalition in Kokomo and Tipton. She was a member of the IUK and IWU Alumni Associations, UAW Local 292, U.S. Humane Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She endowed the Ernest B. Johnson Memorial Scholarship at IUK in memory of son Ernie Johnson, who died on Nov. 1, 1989.
Mae was a special person who put everyone's feelings and welfare above her own. She cherished time spent with family and friends. She deeply believed in education and family values. The time spent with family, and especially when she was able to be with her great-grandchildren, would spark a light within, causing her beautiful smile to shine bright. Anytime anyone would ask her how she was feeling, her response would be "fine," even though she was in pain. She gave her final breath after 13 years of courageously fighting cancer with her husband holding her hand. She will always be loved and remembered for the love, generosity, and kindness, she showed to all.
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Rodney K. Padfield, of Greentown; one daughter, Shelly Johnson, of Kokomo; one stepdaughter, Amber (Matt) Hutson, of Cicero; two sisters, Annette Crouch and Wanda Shockley, both of Kokomo; two brothers, Joe (Bobbie) Coons, of Kokomo, and Jeff (Cindy) Coons, of Elwood; one grandson, Michael (Melissa) Williams, of Brownsburg; three great-grandchildren, Kenton, Maven and Mivea Williams, of Brownsburg; special friend, Darlene James.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Ernest Johnson; four sisters, Marie Shields, Joyce, Barbara and Judith Edith Coons; one brother, John Coons Jr.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, at Ellers Mortuary, Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., Kokomo. Pastor Mike Sawyer will officiate. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Garden.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kokomo Humane Society or the Cancer Society are requested. You may read Nella's obituary at, where you can sign the guestbook or share a personal message to the family.
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Published on June 19, 2019
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Bill Dague
Jun 23, 2019
What a special person Mae was! While volunteering with Tax Aide, she always treated our clients with respect and that great smile of hers, regardless of their status in life, & was a beacon of light for all of us.

She spoke often about her family, including Ernie & Shelly, & was so proud of her grandson Michael & his wife Melissa, and loved visiting their children, even when that visit became exhausting.

When I met Mae & her sister Annette a few times while riding on the Nickel Plate Trail, it was like meeting twins, and we would joke & laugh about many things. Remember that Annette?

Rest in peace, Nella Mae!
Dave Johnson
Jun 22, 2019
I knew Mae through her work with Tax Aide. She was a wonderful person with a big smile and a big heart. I am sorry for your loss.
Debbie Sexton
Jun 19, 2019
When I visited her last, you had just been by to visit. You called her and Rodney the "Grands"... she loved to talk of you and your beautiful family. She was very proud of you and Melissa. She was a wonderful lady. We are praying for all of you.