Fannie Belle McLain

January 05, 1904 ‒ February 23, 2010

Marengo, Ohio

Fannie B. McLain, age 106 a longtime centurion of the Marengo area and perhaps the eldest resident of Morrow County died peacefully early Tuesday morning, February 23, 2010 at Bennington Glen in Marengo.

She was born in Sparta on January 5, 1904 to the late Dart L. and Ora G. (Randolph) Chase. A graduate of Marengo High School in 1921, she received her teaching degree from the former Edison Normal School. Fannie married her late husband of 52 years: George McLain in 1923 and they assumed the ownership of the Chase Market in Marengo from her parents. She also taught school for a brief time. For over 25 years she worked for the former Union Store in Mt. Gilead and later as a clerk for the B&R Cardinal Store in Marengo, finally retiring at the age of 85.

One of the many milestones in her life included being a 90 year member of the Pythian Sisters Marengo Temple 501, she was recognized last year by Garnet Thomas the Grand Chief of Ohio for this achievement.

A longtime member of the Marengo United Methodist Church, she credited her longevity to her faith and daily prayers. She was also a member of the Hobby Club, Golden Twig of Morrow County Hospital, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Women’s Auxiliary of American Legion Post 710.

Fannie was blessed to live independently until she was 99. She was an excellent cook known throughout the community for her sloppy Joe sandwiches, which she made for bingo, her homemade pies, and beef & noodles. Giving, well educated, and always unselfish, she was a patient teacher. She was also an avid reader of romance novels.

At one time she was the Marengo correspondent for The Morrow County Sentinel. She loved to read and play bingo; however her biggest passion was crocheting. Known as Granny Fannie to many more than her own, over her lifetime she crocheted thousands of items for generations of children in the Marengo Community. She will be remembered for her dedicated service to her community and her love of family.

She is survived by daughter: Ora Jane Ayers of Mt. Gilead, 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George in 1975, sons: George “Eddie” and William McLain, grandson: Mike McLain, brothers: Herschel, Thomas, David, Lloyd, Linden and sister Mary Conway.

Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 with Pythian Services at 4:00 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 229 in Marengo. Funeral services will be held Friday 10:00 a.m. at Marengo United Methodist Church, with Rev. Susan Antolik officiating, burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Marengo United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 126, Marengo, Ohio 43334.

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