October 30, 1930 ~ July 5, 2020

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Ethel Marie Radford entered into Heavenly rest July 5, 2020. Affectionately known as “Maw Maw”, she was born October 30, 1930 in Indianapolis to James and Allie R. Wade. She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, Carl E. Radford, Sr. along with her parents and eight of her nine siblings. Mourning her passing are four children: Cheryl D. Shelton (Ezra), Carl E. Radford, Jr. (Portia Elaine), Teresa L. Skipper and Derek Radford, Sr. She was also blessed with six grandchildren: Carl E. Radford, III (Andrea), Christopher Radford (Erika), David Martin, Jr. (Nicole), Courtney Martin, Derek Radford, Jr. (Kierre) and Cameron Radford (Samantha); as well as eight great grandchildren.

Ethel was very active in her community. She was a graduate of Crispus Attucks High School, class of 1948 and was on the Dean’s List every semester she attended Indiana State University. A former Democratic Party precinct committee person, she took extreme pride in the privilege of witnessing the election of our First African President. She was a member of Eastern Star Chapters in Indianapolis and Phoenix, AZ. Ethel served as chair of the music committee for Greater St. Mark Church for many years as a long-time member. She retired as a Real Estate Broker with Abernathy Realtors.

To say that she lived “out loud” is an understatement. Born into extreme poverty, she refused to let that determine her path in life. She resolved to have a successful life and cohesive family and worked tirelessly to make sure that her children and future descendants had every opportunity for a successful, safe and happy life. A loyal friend, Ethel fiercely protected those she loved. She left us with countless life lessons and memories. She will be missed by many but never forgotten.

Services are limited to immediate family but will be available via live stream at https://youtu.be/kYKIQhm4v3s

A public life celebration will be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in the name of Carl E. and Ethel M. Radford.




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  1. I will always remember her sparkle. Brighter than any star. More brilliant than the finest diamond. A woman of enormous style, Maw Maw was fearless, bold, generous and loving with a dash of mischief thrown in for good measure. Never forgotten, she will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to all of the family.

  2. To Carl and Elaine Radford and family, and the entire family of Mrs. Ethel Marie (Wade) Radford, we, the Attorneys and Staff of Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP, Attorneys at Law, mourn with you at this time. Mothers are very special gifts from God and your “Maw Maw”, Mrs. Ethel Marie (Wade) Radford, was no exception. Her extraordinary life journey has many lessons for all of us. May your days be filled with the wonderful memorires of Mrs. Radford and know that our prayers are extended to you today and in the days, weeks, months and years to come.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP
    Nathaniel Lee, Esq., Senior Partner

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