Emily Herrick

December 19, 1916 ‒ November 20, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Emily Beard Herrick peacefully passed away Friday evening, November 20, 2015 in Kingston of Ashland after an eventful life that lasted 99 years.

Born December 19, 1916 to parents Rupert & Minnie (Colvin) Cox in Mansfield, Emily was the second of six children and a life-long Mansfielder. A graduate of Mansfield Senior High, she went to work at Reed’s Department Store and later worked at the Ohio Brass Company.

On September 13, 1941, she married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Beard of Mansfield and together they raised two boys, Timothy (of San Diego, California) and David (of Pensacola, Florida). Once her boys were in high school, Emily became the Secretary to the Principal of Woodland Elementary School, and, as a result, became very well known to a large segment of Woodland “graduates” in the Mansfield area.

Bob passed away in 1981.  Seven years later Emily married Clarence E. “Cat” Herrick of Mansfield on January 28, 1989, and together they enjoyed two more years of companionship until his passing in late 1990. After Cat died, Emily’s life centered wholly on taking care of her home and her boys with their growing families.

Always the athlete in school and throughout her life, Emily was well known in Woodland for her daily morning walks around her Dickson Parkway neighborhood.  She cared for and maintained her home by herself until she was nearly 96 years old—gardening and beautifying her property became her avocation until she moved to the Primrose Retirement Community. At Primrose her life took on new substance and enjoyment with all of the new friends and welcoming acquaintances she met.  Those days lasted until a fall necessitated a move to Kingston of Ashland. At Kingston she found herself the center of much attention and she lived out her final months as happy and comfortable as her family could have hoped.

Emily is survived by her two sons and a daughter-in-law; six grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; an older sister Mary Slabaugh of Mansfield Primrose; and twin sisters Nancy Allen of Mansfield, and Carolyn Colby of Cleveland.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2015 in the Finefrock Chapel of Snyder Funeral Home (350 Marion Avenue, Mansfield). Emily attended Christian Science services all her life. First Reader Henry Koenig will officiate her service. Burial of her urn will be at a later date in Mansfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Hospice of North Central Ohio, who provided Emily so much comfort and companionship in her last days. The Finefrock Chapel will gladly accept those donations.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Emily’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch her tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • hello my name is Daniel wicker and Emily or as I knew her early was family. my grandma Geneva Wicker was like her sister, I just wanted to say she will be missed and I am sorry I cannot make the funeral but want to send my condolences to the family and sorry for our loss. I wish I could come and say my goodbyes but I cannot so I am sending them through this email so that everyone can read it. again sorry for our lost she was a good person and will always be missed and loved.

  • I knew her as Mrs. Beard…secretary to Mr. Mento at Woodland Elementary. I have very fond memories of my schooling in Mansfield. She was always so nice to me and my classmates.
    Funny how later in life you look back at the people who help make up the memories you dearly hold onto.
    Seems as if she lived a very long and fruitful life!
    My condolences go out to her family.

  • I had the honor of caring for and loving Emily from her first day at Kingston. Such a sweet and sassy little lady she was. Always smiling, even if she wasn’t having the best of days. Always making sure her hair and clothes were suitable to “leave the house”.

    My favorite memory of her would have to be the evening I took her to her room after dinner. She wasn’t thrilled because there were no activities that night. She asked to call her sister Mary. I dialed the phone and handed it to her. Before I left the room I heard her say ” Mary, you have to come get me. This place turns into a morgue after 6 !!” Bless her heart. From that day on I tended to keep her close by me when I wasn’t busy.

    Thank you so much for allowing me to care for her during her stay at Kingston.

  • I also had the privilege of caring for Emily on her first day of arrival at Kingston as her nurse. What a vivacious lady and so full of spunk. I remember sitting beside her on her first day and asking her questions of her health. I then turned to admire her jewelry and she was so proud to show each piece off and reminisce on their stories they carried. I took a special interest in her. I had the honor of being with her for several months. From that day forward she would wheel herself around the building looking for Leslie and me….. She may have forgotten our names but never forgot our faces and would laugh at our silly jokes and just shake her head and place her hand on our cheeks. She will forever be in my thoughts and so will her devoted family.

  • I also had the privilege of caring for Emily on her first day of arrival at Kingston as her nurse. What a vivacious lady and so full of spunk. I remember sitting beside her on her first day and asking her questions of her health. I then turned to admire her jewelry and she was so proud to show each piece off and reminisce on their stories they carried. I took a special interest in her. I had the honor of being with her for several months. From that day forward she would wheel herself around the building looking for Leslie and me….. She may have forgotten our names but never forgot our faces and would laugh at our silly jokes and just shake her head and place her hand on our cheeks. She will forever be in my thoughts and so will her devoted family. What an honor to have known her

  • Having been a school mate of her son Tim, I was pleased when my father became a neighbor of Emily in the time of their golden years. Always fond memories! Peace to Tim and all his family.

  • Emily was such a special friend of our mother, Virginia Thomas Perkins, and they had so many good times together. We can just imagine that they will have a good bridge or golf game going soon.

    Our sincere sympathy to Tim, Dave and your families.

  • Being one of Emily’s housekeeper was such a pleasure, everyday I was there she would put a smile on anyone’s face. Her relationship with Mary was adorable in every way. My favorite memory will always be passing out candy on Halloween, she didn’t like it at first but once all the kids started to come up she found it enjoyable. She would point out all the little cotumes and she just couldn’t get enough of them. She will be dearly missed by all of us at Kingston. And I’m extreamly sorry for your loss.

  • We have known Emily for a very long time. Our children always talked about the nice lady that worked at Woodland School. Then she became a relative when she Married my Uncle Cat late in her life. She will be missed by many people. Deepest Sympathy Pat and Randy Herrick