Gloria Mae Heidlebaugh

August 01, 1924 ‒ February 29, 2008

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Gloria Mae Heidlebaugh, 83, of Township Road 49, Lexington, died Friday morning February 29, 2008 in Winchester Terrace following a long illness.

She was born August 1, 1924 in Mansfield to Kenneth W. and Mary O. (Laughbaum) Ferguson, and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1942.

On November 9, 1946 she married Rollin Heidlebaugh, and moved to the Heidlebaugh homestead south of Lexington to assist him in the operation of his family farm. For 40 years they operated the farm, many of those years including dairy herds. In 2001 the Ohio Department of Agriculture awarded them the Ohio Outstanding Century Farm Award, an honor bestowed on families with a rich heritage and inspiring dedication to agriculture in Ohio. She was a former member of the Morrow County Farm Bureau.

Gloria also worked many years as a typist for the former Addressograph-Multigraph Company in Mansfield.

She was a member of Steam Corners United Methodist Church and had been a member of the United Methodist Women.

Though Gloria grew up in the city, she adapted to country living quite well. In fact, she dearly loved her time spent outdoors tending to her flowerbeds and keeping the lawn. Blessed with a green thumb, everything she touched flourished with life. She spent many harvest seasons canning in preparation for the winter months. Gloria also took great pleasure in nurturing her humming birds. She spent time watching them hover at the feeders she had prepared for them.

Gloria was also a talented cook. Her baked goods were always the best especially her Bishop’s Bread, a special breakfast treat.

She loved gathering with her family for a game of cards. Make no mistake about it, Gloria was in to win. She also loved to travel.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Steve Schwarzwalder of Shreve; her son and daughter-in-law Randy and Cindy Heidlebaugh of Lexington; five grandchildren Scott Schwarzwalder, Stacey and Jared Sigler, Stephanie Schwarzwalder and Lindsey and Chelsea Heidlebaugh; her sister and brother-in-law Linda and Victor Smith of Marysville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, her husband Rollin preceded her in death on September 13, 2003.

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 2, 2008 from 2-5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Pastor John Partridge will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Steam Corners United Methodist Church may be made at the funeral home.