Eunice Nethery

October 03, 1927 ‒ August 02, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Eunice Nethery was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on August 2, 2019. She was the beloved wife of Ray Nethery and beloved mother of five daughters: Victoria Nethery, Jennifer Calori, Elizabeth Feia (Tom), Katherine Gardner (Bob), and Jacqueline Nethery. She was grandmother to David Gardner, Anna Gardner Weberling, Nick Gardner, Devin Calori, Ali Calori, Jacob Feia, Grace Feia, Kera Gardner, Amy Gardner, Danny Gardner, Justice Gardner, and Braylon Gardner. Her mother and father, Mildred and Silas Rees, and sister, Gwen Chapman, preceded her to heaven.

Eunice was born in 1927 in New Jersey to Irish and Welsh parents. At nine years old, she moved to Bangor, North Wales, with her family. After World War II, her family returned to the United States where Eunice worked in New York City before going to college. She attended Bob Jones University and received both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Interpretive Speech. At the university, she taught American Literature and was an accomplished Shakespearean actress.

After marrying Ray Nethery in 1954, she and Ray joined the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which is thriving today. Their work took them to U.C.L.A., The University of Minnesota, and then on to Arrowhead Springs, California, where Ray became the Asian and Middle East Director for Campus Crusade. Eunice was an inspiring public speaker and a mentor to many. In 1969, she and Ray and their five daughters moved to Mansfield, Ohio, to help start Grace Haven, a ministry center where college students could live in Christian community, work, and study.

Through the years, she has touched the hearts of countless people with her compassion, wisdom, and tremendous gift of listening. As a leader and friend, she affected many lives for the better. Always interested in others, she saw the very best in people giving encouragement and empathy, hope and comfort, to all who came across her path. Her church family at Grace Fellowship had in her a woman of great Christian service. She always had her eye on those who were suffering, lonely, or simply needed to be acknowledged. Many treasured her friendship and looked upon her as a second mother and mentor.

Eunice’s sense of curiosity opened the door of the world to her. She had an adventurous spirit. She loved to travel with family and on her own. She was a voracious reader, forward thinking, and a champion and advocate of women. She knew how to save money and live on a shoestring, but her life was rich beyond measure. She was cultured while being down-to-earth, she was simple and a lover of beauty, humble and brilliant.

Eunice always said that motherhood was the richest, most meaningful, and most fun work of her life. Through her love of literature, music, art, and all things Welsh and Irish, she brought richness to the lives of her daughters. She read aloud the classics and paid her children to memorize poetry. She took her children traveling across Europe to experience art, culture, and history. She cheered them on in all their endeavors whether academics, sports, careers, or parenting. And she was always their greatest supporter and confidante, giving wise counsel and unconditional love.

She was committed to encouraging and affirming the young people in her life, especially her grandchildren. She helped homeschool some of them, celebrated their graduations, taught them poetry, cheered for them at their sporting events, and attended their music, dance, and theater performances. She was interested in all their endeavors and proud of them.

During their 65 years of marriage, Eunice and Ray served the Lord, their community, and their family touching the lives of many.

Please join us to celebrate this extraordinary woman’s life on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 2pm at Grace Fellowship Church, 365 Straub Road East, Mansfield, Ohio.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to assist the Nethery family with a memorial service and online condolences to the family may be made by visiting: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • I and my family will Never forget Eunice☦💜. Your words said it all except for our Blizzard experience living in the Nethery home for 8 days.
    Prayers of comfort we offer you always.
    Beth Nunn and family

  • Our Dear Sweet Friend, Eunice. There are NO words to express the deep loss that we are feeling. She was all that was said about her and more. We have learned so very much from her life. Such an incredible legacy. Oh that we all would live our lives like she did.
    We pray for you, Ray. May the Lords love and compassion surround you.
    Love, Terry and Connie Bartholomew

  • So sorry to hear of her passing. Eunice was a loving and warm person who made each person feel special and loved. She will be missed by many and long-remembered .

  • What a beautiful and Christian example for all women. Mrs Nethery was always that! I remember memorizing William Shakespeare with Jackie under her tutelage. I can recite it to this day. Please know how sorry I am for your loss Nethery family but how happy I am for your wife/mother/grandmother. She is rejoicing with Jesus!

  • A Proverbs 31 woman to be sure…and more. I had the privilege of teaching 4 of her 5 daughters and greatly benefited from cherished times with the family. My love and sympathy to Ray and the girls.

  • We loved Eunice and the godly influence she had on our young lives. We’re grateful for the whole family! May God pour rich comfort on you all!

  • I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. She was always such a kind and warm hearted person! She will be missed by many, but always remembered. My thoughts and prayers to all of the family.

  • Growing up, Eunice was my second mother, and Jackie was my best friend. I was privileged to live my life on Grace Haven farm, and one year my picture even hung on the wall of school photos with the Nethery girls. Many people thought I was their sixth daughter. I remember how Eunice would stop whatever she was doing to come watch Jackie and I put on a commercial, or short interpretive dance. She let us turn her living room into a gymnasium. She was such an incredible woman. I can still hear her laugh. She will be missed by so many, but we will see her again one day. I am so sorry for everyone’s loss. There aren’t very many people like her out there. We were all blessed to know her.

  • Its so very hard to put into words what Eunice meant to me, or how profound the loss seems to be – even though we have not had time together for years. She was just the best of the best. An extraordinary woman of God. I loved her dearly. I know your loss is so very much greater. You all have my love and prayers. Hugs to you all.

  • What a beautiful tribute to Mrs. Nethery and the words all so true. She was truly a “mother” to all whom crossed her path. She loved everyone and had the gift of hospitality. I have many fond memories of wonderful times at the Nethery home and she was at the hub of it all! I’m so sad to hear of her passing, but I know that her Heavenly Father greeted her and said, “well done, thou good and faithful servant”. She will live on in all who loved her.
    Much love to Mr. Nethery and all the family, especially my sweet friend Jackie, at this difficult time.

  • Eunice was such a precious gift to everyone. She was an amazing listener and such an encourager. We are blessed to have known her. We will always treasure the special notes she sent us. She was amazing at remembering birthdays and making people feel special. She was a Proverbs 31 woman and
    a great example to all of us. What a wonderful tribute you have written about her .So sorry for your loss, but we are sure she is rejoicing in Heaven.
    Albert and Becky Roggio

  • Missie and I are so sorry for the loss, what a life she had and influence in this community.

  • Eunice had such a profound impact on our life! She was a marvelous example of loving the Lord, her husband and her daughters and serving others! Her earthly suffering is over and now she is rejoicing in the arms of our Savior. We are praying for the dear family. She will be missed!
    Judy and Buddy Luster, Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • So sad to hear of her passing. She was always such a kind soul. She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Ray, So sorry to hear of Eunice’s passing. May God’s love and comfort be showered on you and your family. Myrle Bechtel

  • Dear Ray, my brother, my friend and mentor , please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family on Eunice’s going on to be with the Lord. I never met this sweet Lady but feel like I know her from all the times you visited here in Florida and we talked about her. I do remember speaking to her on the phone many years ago to talk about a special birthday gift for you. Although she will be missed by you and your family, I’m sure she is in heaven welcoming the new arrivals. Know that we will be praying for comfort for you and your family.
    John, Barbara and Frank Jazesf

  • My condolences to the Nethery Family.
    Mrs. Nethery was a person you would never forget if you met her! She exemplified sweetness and always made you feel special in her gentle caring way!
    So sorry for your loss!

  • What a beautiful welcoming, loving spirit. Loved to visit when I was in Mansfield. What a radiant loving soul. As she welcomed everyone into her home she is now welcomed into her Eternal Home. God Bless. Love you and your family. My sincere condolences to Tori and her family. Aloha

  • Eunice was a beautiful mother, wife, teacher, and friend. She was the epitome of what it means to live your life for Christ here in earth. Eunice touched the lives of so many and we are grateful for her sweet, joyful, and kind spirit. I certainly believe that my Daddy, Tim is able to rejoice in Heaven with her this very day. Rest in the assurance that you will see her again with our Heavenly Father amidst this current loss. Sending you our love and prayers.
    Love, Heidi, Noah, & Noelle (Barber) Kendig

  • What an extraordinary life she led. I was 20 yrs old and a new Christian when I spent several months at Grace Haven in 1970. Eunice was so warm and welcoming, she made you feel special. I also remember her making a great meatloaf. Funny the things you think of. My sincere condolences to Ray and the rest of the family. Jim Barth

  • Chet & Carol Weigle

    Ray, not only has our sweet Eunice beat us to Jesus, after 30 years of working with her and around her, I give her the title, “Queen of Mercy”.
    Carry on Ray we will get together some day soon.
    Under the Good Yoke
    Chet & Carol

  • Ray, you and Eunice have meant so much in my life! She was a dear friend and mentor. I always said I wanted to grow up to be Eunice Nethery. I want to remind you of something you told me when I was going through a really tough time: I had said to you that I just couldn’t be strong anymore and your reply was, “Then be weak!” Let God be your strength and comfort, Ray. I give thanks that God have me such good friends and praise Him that Eunice is waiting with Him to greet us all in Heaven. I love you and your family very much.
    Love, Nancy (Eicher) Crook

  • Ray –
    My heartfelt love and condolences to you and all the Nethery family. I loved Eunice more than a dear friend. She always knew when I needed a jingle on the phone or a card in the mail to lift my spirit. She is missed but will be remembered as one who touched my heart and my life in many ways and within a few short years.
    Do celebrate her life and the memories she left with you and so many others along the way of her life’s journey here. She was a gift from God to many and now begins a new life with Him in her true home. May all of you be comforted by His Love and Peace in the days ahead. God bless you all – Love to you, Pat Bittman

  • Dearest Jackie & Nethery Family:
    I have not had the great honor of knowing Eunice for many years as some of you have, but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at GFC several times & just from those instances I knew what an extraordinary lady she was. A few years later, by the Grace of God, Jackie was hired to work with me at Heritage Christian Counseling Ministries & I must say that God bestowed upon me one of the most special people I’ve ever had the honor to meet. Just knowing that her beauty, grace, integrity, honesty & affection towards everyone had to come from having a beautiful mother (& father). Jackie, I know that your precious heart is broken & empty from such a loss, but miraculously our Savior & Lord has a way to help heal & mend, not only your hearth, but your spirit. It will take time, probably years, before the pain is not as noticeable as in the beginning, but just knowing that at the end of your time, your beautiful mom will be there welcoming you back to her and it will feel like she never left. I love & miss you dearest friend. You’re in my Heart & Soul & Prayers Jackie.

  • Ray, I never had the pleasure of meeting your wife but she sounds like a wonderful, kind, caring woman. My condolences to you and your family. My prayers too, Steve

  • We are so saddened to hear of Eunices passing. She always displayed such Grace and Kindness. I didn’t know her intimately but I observed her love and commitment to, not only the Lord but to Ray and her family over these many years. Ray our heartfelt prayers are with you and your family. How wonderful that you can look forward to seeing her again in Heaven because of our Lord Jesus. What a wonderful heritage to be a part of. Thank you for the many years of love and commitment to the ARC and The Body Of Christ. We love you dearly! Monica and Ed.

  • Jackie and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I never had the opportunity to meet your wonderful mom, but after reading this, I can definitely see the wonderful legacy she passed on to you all. It sounds like Heaven just got a great one! ❤️
    May you all have peace during this time.

  • What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful and amazing woman of God. I was blessed by her mentoring of me and Rosie LeHew when we were new moms and all the other times her kindness and enthusiasm for life touched me. Praise the Lord she is free and in His presence. Prayers and love Ray, Katie and Nethery family.

  • Heaven is richer! We have all been blessed to have known Eunice and to see the example of her life. She loved the Lord! Kindness and wisdom and His Love shining out in her life so describe Eunice. How she cared for and welcomed others. She was a great blessing and example in my life and in the lives of so many! Ray and Tori, Jenny, Beth, Katie, and Jackie, and your families, we are remembering you in prayer for God’s comfort and His Love and strength at this time. Praise God for the Hope we have in Jesus!

  • Beth, so beautifully written. My heart is broken for all of you.
    I have no words to adequately describe your mother or what she meant to me. Love and prayers of comfort to you all.

  • Ray and family . Deb and I are so saddened to hear of Eunice’s passing. The great news is it is from life into new life . which I know you are all aware of. Few people have great positive influence om many, Eunice was one of them. I always enjoyed verbally sparing with her and she offered much wisdom. Every time I spoke at Grace Fellowship she made a point of finding me and saying something very complimentary and she followed that up with a card in the mail a day or two later. You are all in our prayers at this time .

  • Even though I no longer live in Ohio I have precious memories of Ray and Eunice
    I attended Grace Haven Fellowship when I was in my 30’s and that’s been 40 plus years ago. I still remember Eunice and how welcoming and sweet she was. What a day that will be when there will be no more parting and goodbyes. But I would not have you to be ignorant brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. Remembering you Ray and family before the throne of our Savior.

  • Dear family of God,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you ss you ponder life without this woman of God. She knew true community and true family life. She was full of grace and mercy and I loved her very much. So thankful that we all are only separated for a little while, just enough time to be more dependent on Him. May you do so until you meet her again in perfection.

  • Eunice has a very special woman and role model to so many who crossed her path. As a young unwed mother who came across the ministry of Grace Haven Farm in 1970, I was welcomed with love, compassion and the chance to have my faith grow. Eunice was a big part of my journey. She seemed to have boundless energy. She taught me how God stretches us, though our circumstances to love and serve others. Her impact on all the lives she touched continues in all of us who were blessed to have known her.

  • Eunice has left her legacy to all of who received her lasting touch. Please continue to honor her by being the person she would want you to be.
    Loving the Lord your God. Remember what she gave you and pass it on to others. A Legacy of Faith.
    “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice”.
    2 Timothy 1:5-4.

    I, for one, will always look forward to her waiting in the crowd on my arrival.
    Sincere condolences to The Nethery Family.
    Im sad for those who never crossed her path

  • It has been an absolute privilege to have Eunice not only as a sister in the Lord, but also as a friend. She selflessly helped us whenever she could in every way that she could. We miss her so, but we know she is happy, and we look forward to being with her again.

  • Ray,
    How do I begin to remember all the ways my spiritual mentor, your amazing wife impacted me. I thank you for marrying Gary and I 42 years ago and I thank Eunice for patiently teaching me how to be a loving wife and a gracious servant. As a baby Christian she helped me begin to pray publicly. She encouraged me so genuinely as she continued to see me as Christ saw me rather than the way I appeared. She taught me the important aspects of hospitality. I learned I did not have to be rich to serve people a feast and the second floor did not have to be as spotless as the fist, when children were at home. I am most grateful that Eunice taught me to give my time and my attention when I hosted, not just a lovely meal or a clean home.
    Eunice was a faithful mentor for 46 years. She was always ready to give me time, encouragement, wisdom and correction. Her impact on me has impacted all the women I have been able to serve and we all thank her for her faithful love and service.
    Bev DeLashmutt

  • Ray and Eunice are both right at the top of the list of those who have impacted my life—Ray for his teachings on the basics of the Christian faith, and both of them for the way they faithfully lived out what they believed. I remember Eunice especially for encouraging me as a writer. One special memory is how she would always ask me what books I was reading. There were at least a couple of times when I actually read a book just to have something to report to her! She will be sadly missed, but her influence lives on.

    Bill Deckard

    • Ray,

      My daughter Sarah told me of Eunice’s passing to Glory! Kathleen and I are thinking of you, praying for you and family and Grace Haven family. Blessings (“supreme happiness”) in Jesus our Lord.
      P.S. It’s also a joy to read all these testimonies to Eunice. (Bill Deckard’s dry sense of humor still in tact.)