Eileen L. Hart
November 11, 1919 ‒ December 21, 2016
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Eileen L. Hart, age 97, a lifelong resident of Mount Gilead, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Woodside Village Care Center.
On November 11, 1919, Eileen was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, one of two children of the late Ward and Grace (Gompf) Blayney. She graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 1937, and attended office training school in Columbus.
A very proper and professional secretary, Eileen worked at the Hydraulic Press Manufacturing Company (HPM), where she spent time in New York handling their important correspondence. Next, during World War II, she did her part to serve her country by working at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, transcribing vital war documents.
Shortly following the war, Eileen was set up on a blind date by mutual friends with James Hart, whom she married soon thereafter on July 6, 1947, at the First Baptist Church in Mount Gilead. They shared over fifty two years of marriage and lovingly raised three children: Steve, Jerry and Rita. Jim preceded her in death on March 14, 2000.
Continuing as a secretary, Eileen was the personal assistant to the principal at the Mount Gilead High School for twenty two years. Lastly, she worked part time with Gladden Insurance for seven years.
Of the utmost significance to Eileen was her church and faith. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary and treasurer, taught Sunday School classes, sang in the choir, and was a part of the Woman’s Group ABW Ministries.
Snowbirds, Eileen and Jim enjoyed wintering in Frostproof, Florida, for well over fifteen years. They were involved with the Pearl Harbor Reunion Group for Central Ohio together, as he was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
An avid reader, Eileen read countless books in her lifetime. She also enjoyed needlepoint and knitting, especially knitting caps for infants, and bird watching.
Having a heart of gold, Eileen had a wonderfully positive outlook on life, always seeing the best in everyone and everything. She was a loving woman whose door was always open. She especially cherished her family, and loved time spent with them.
Left to cherish her memory are her two children: Steven (Kathy) Hart and Rita (Brad) Wood, both of Mount Gilead; a daughter-in-law, Vonnetta Hart of Fredericktown; six grandchildren: Trisha Hart, Stefanie (Andrew) Cluck, Jennifer (Zach) McGuire, Chris (Alesha) Wood, Philip (Kylie) Wood, and Kelli (Rob) Harman; ten great-grandchildren: Natalie McGuire, Asha, Eli, Aubrey, Adelyn, and Alaina Wood, Brett, Bailey, Brayden and Bradley Harman; and several nieces and nephews.
Including her husband and parents, Eileen was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Hart; and brother, Richard Blayney.
Services honoring Eileen’s life will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the First Baptist Church (address below), with Pastor Steve Cummins officiating. Her family will greet friends for an hour prior to her services at the church. Interment will take place at a later date in Bryn Zion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 51 W. High St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Eileen’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.