On the morning of their deaths, the couple’s only daughter, Julie, walked into the bedroom to wake up her parents. When she entered the bedroom, Julie said she had to stand in the doorway in amazement. Lou Nell was laying in the bed on her left side, and Earle lay on his right. “Their heads where touching, almost as if they were in the shape of a heart,” she said. “They looked so content.” Julie woke up Earle, who got up and dressed, but Lou Nell wouldn’t wake up. She was in some kind of comatose state. Earle was dressed by that time, but said he didn’t feel well and sat down in a chair. Moments later, he died. Julie walked back into the bedroom and saw her mother take her last breath.
6 A Galveston woman was killed in January, when her car was hit broadside by a semitrailer at Ind. 18 and 500 East in Cass County. Myrtle Marie Cornell, 94, was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix north on 500 East when she drove into the path of the semi driven by an Illinois man. The semi was traveling west on Ind. 18 and tried to stop. After hitting the car, the semi and the car came to rest on the north side of Ind. 18. The driver of the truck, Gary Schoonveld, 53, Justice, Ill., was not injured.
7 Prominent Kokomo attorney Vernard L. Johnson died in late March after he was hit by a car near his home on West Boulevard. Kokomo police said a vehicle was traveling west in the 2600 block of West Boulevard at around 6:35 a.m. and struck Johnson, who appeared to be crossing the street, possibly to get his morning newspaper when he was hit. Johnson practiced law in Kokomo for more than 30 years as a civil and criminal defense attorney and recently served as the deputy public defender for child support cases.