Alena Lathery, 94, of Connersville went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 4, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones singing her into Glory. She was born on January 25, 1928 in Hamilton, Ohio to Vernon Richardson and Mamie Miller Richardson.

Alena married Reverend Edward Lathery Sr. on August 5, 1956 in Liberty, Indiana, they were able to spend 44 years together before he passed away on February 5, 2000. Together they were founders and ministered at the Holiness Church on Georgia Ave. in Connersville for numerous years.

She was a cook at the country club for 6 years, she worked at Sperry Rubber Company and was in housekeeping at the Holiday Inn here in Connersville.

Alena was a faithful member of Community Gospel Church.

Alena could often be found reading her bible, attending church and cherishing the times spent with her family.

Alena is survived by her children, Allen Messer, of Murrells Inlet, SC, Pamela L. Bowling, of Connersville, Jewell (Gene) Poe, of Connersville and Mike (Lora) Lathery, of Liberty; 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; her sisters, Ruby (Johnny) Hamilton, of Richmond, KY, Mary (Jimmy) Black, of Waco, KY and Carol (Charles) Hensley, of Richmond, KY; and several nieces and nephews

Along with her parents and husband of 44 years she was preceded in death by her daughters, Deborah Sue Lathery, Alice Evans and Tamela Flemmings; a son, Edward Lathery Jr.; grandson, Ricky Joe Bowling Jr.; brothers, James Richardson, Donald Richardson, Vernon Richardson Jr., Lester Richardson, Roy Richardson and Ernest Richardson; and her sisters, Opal Lamb, Jean Gray and Geneva DiTomaso; and her first husband, Oscar Messer.

Visitation for Alena will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Community Gospel Church, 250 Erie Ave, Connersville, IN 47331. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 11:00 am at the church. Burial will follow in Dale Cemetery.

Urban Winkler Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Lathery. To sign the online guestbook or to leave the family with a personal message visit