Marva Louise Rudolph

Marva Louise Rudolph, 67 of Indianapolis, Indiana, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 29, 2021. She was born on February 8, 1954, in Morrilton, Arkansas, to Carl and Lula Gunnells. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, with her parents, her older brother Carl, and her baby sister, Jean.

After graduating from North High School, she would go on to marry Staff Sargent Wavie L. Rudolph at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on July 5, 1980. Together with their two children, they traveled the world ultimately spending the bulk of their lives in Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and Indianapolis, Indiana.

She worked for Family Development Services (Head Start) in Indianapolis, Indiana for nearly twenty years where her passion for early childhood advocacy, education, and literacy blossomed into earning an associate’s degree from Ivy Tech Community College, a bachelor’s degree from IUPUI, and being promoted to Center Director at St. Peter’s Head Start.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 42 years, Wavie L. Rudolph; son, David (Elizabeth Sharp) Henry III; daughter, Jennifer L. Rudolph; granddaughter, Chandler L. Henry; mother, Lula Gunnells; brother, Carl (Lisa) Gunnells; sister, Jean Jackson; nieces, CaMara (Keith) McCormick and DeJana (Chadwick) Carlisle. Marva was known as nana to her great-nephews, Jalen Jackson Brown and Keith McCormick III, and great-niece, Cayson Brown; she was also known as Aunt Marva to many more. She is proceeded in passing by her father Carl.

Visitation: Friday, Nov. 12 from 5-7 PM.  at Roeder Mortuary, 4932 Ames Ave.

Funeral Service: Saturday, Nov. 13, 11:00 AM. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1809 N 23rd St.

Interment:  Mt. Hope Cemetery on Monday, November 15 at 1:00 PM.