Annabell (Mayes) McCreary

December 08, 1927 ‒ November 20, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Annabell (Mayes) McCreary, age 92, went home to be with her Savior on Friday, November 20, 2020.

She was born on December 8, 1927 in Stantontown to the late Robert R. and Anna L. (Taylor) Mayes and moved to Delaware County at the age of 7.

A woman of deep and abiding faith, beginning in her youth she became an active member of New Beginnings (Grace) United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and was Superintended. She had a passion for music and sung in the church choir as well as other places in Delaware and Florida. Annabell was a member of the Eastern Star, volunteered at Grady Hospital, and taught Bible class at Sarah Moore Home. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing cards, reading, traveling, winters in Florida, and being with family and friends.

Always first to offer prayer, she chose her battles wisely and was strong-willed. She treasured caring for her family and will be remembered for her kind-hearted ways.

She graduated from Willis High School in 1946 and married Francis McCreary in 1951.

Annabell was the loving mother of David J. (Betty “Cissy”) McCreary, Mark S. (Debbie) McCreary, 7 grandchildren: Shawn (Lisa), Timothy (Wendy), Monika McCreary, Mallory Arata, 3 step-grandchildren: Shelley (John) Brehman-Shultz, Danny (Jill) Toland, and Kris (Latoya) Toland, 9 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years Francis in 2003, brother Robert L. Mayes, sisters Helen (John) Graham, Hazel (Ed) Kern, and Dorothy (Forest) Curtin.

Friends may call from 2-4 on Sunday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, OH 43015 where services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Monday. The services will be live-streamed by visiting  Burial will follow in Marlborough Cemetery next to her husband.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendees are required to wear masks and recognize social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the New Beginnings Church, 2163 St Rt 37 E, Delaware, OH 43015.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Aunt Annabelle, you helped me so much in so many ways while I was attending school at Methesvo. I want to thank you for your unconditional love and support throughout my years as a student . Always enjoyed our time together. Love you and see you in heaven!

  • My sympathies to Annabell’s family.
    I have childhood memories of the “card club” and much gratitude for her lifelong freindship with my mom.
    May your memories provide healing at this time.
    Debbie Osborn Janssen

  • David snd Mark,

    So sorry for your pain in your hearts…. what a wonderful woman; a gentle, kind soul to many of us.
    I do believe however that she is happy as heck right now being in Heaven, reunited with your Dad and many friends. So many were happy to see her.
    You will always miss your parents. Just know that you will see them again.

    Much love,
    Becca (Richmond) Cantrell

  • David & Cissy,
    My & Anthony’s prays are with you.
    Mothers are God’s earth angels.
    Their unconditional love makes the world a better place. I am so happy to read all about Annabelle and her wonderful long life. We also pray for the rest of her loved ones. She will rest in peace in heaven with her awaiting husband. Understanding True love forever in God’s heaven.
    Please we us safe during this time on earth. Keep us in your warm embrace arms. In Jesus name I pray 🙏

  • Aunt Annabell,
    I wanted to thank you for all the memories of visiting the farm with my parents and listening to stories you would share about plates and spoons that were placed about the kitchen. My younger sisters and I enjoyed racing around the yard tin the golf cart.

  • My condolences to the family.
    Your Mom was so special to me. I her eyes lit up and she always had a smile.
    She was beautiful and had a great smile. I would tell her that and she would
    deny it. She always held herself to higher calling and never doubted it.
    I have missed seeing her in church and then the Covid virus hit which would
    not allow us to visit. I am saddened because I will not see her again on this
    earth but gladdened by the fact she is with the LORD and that was always her
    Loved you Annabell

  • Sending much love and comfort to Annabell’s family. She was a wonderful great-aunt to me and my siblings. I have so many incredible memories of her and visiting the farm or when she and Francis would visit our family in Massillon. I wish I could attend the service but I am grateful it is being streamed. Annabell was such a light and so generous to our family. My deepest condolences on her passing.
    Much love, Michael Walsh

  • Dear family,
    Our whole family loves Annabelle so much! She was a mother to my mom. She taught Edwina how to properly make the bed, to dust the entire piece of furniture properly, and was so kind to her. She helped my mom grow into a proper young lady! Of course our mother taught us in turn I would always quote Annabelle as her reliable source! I don’t have Facebook so I can’t watch the funeral… I tried so many times. We love you all and can’t wait to see her in heaven because we know she’ll be there! I imagine Mom and her are having a wonderful reunion!

    • Thank you! Mom was always excited when she was able to see your family. Many good memories. David and Family

  • I am so very sorry about Aunt Annabell’s passing, Mark & David and families, and wish I could be with you all today. I simply adored your mom and her genuineness! She had a brilliant smile and laugh that was contagious. Annabell had a beautiful voice and love for music. Her love for mom and our family was precious to us. Much love to each of you.
    Christine Walsh Foster

    • Thank you! Mom stepped in as a surrogate Mother to your Mom after Hazel passed. My memories as a young boy of your mother were as a shining star. Our families were blessed by our mothers. David and Family

  • Earth has lost a bright star when Annabell left to be with Jesus and her family who have gone before her. Who could not Love her who knew her? She made it her responsibilty to keep a smile on her face and to never utter a harsh word. Patience was with her even in the most frustrating circumstances. I picture her great joy at re-uniting with Francis and other family members. Her proud Earthly Estate complete and now to gentler things. She will be missed. J L Bay, formerly McCreary

  • Annabell will surely be missed! This lady could pray like nobody else I’ve known. What a wonderful gift she was! God be with her family during this difficult time.