December 19, 1916 ‒ November 20, 2015
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