Marcella Rebecca Irvine

October 29, 1928 ‒ December 07, 2008

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Marcella Rebecca Irvine, age 80, of Mount Gilead, died Sunday morning, December 7, 2008, at the Northfield Village Retirement Community following an extended illness.

She was born in Chester Township of Morrow County, on October 29, 1928, the daughter of the late Murray and Audrey (Ogden) Trowbridge. Marcella graduated from Chesterville High School in the Class of 1946, where she also proudly served as a majorette.

Just days following her graduation, Marcella married Donal D. Irvine on June 14, 1946, whom she had met at a horse show. In their younger days, they enjoyed square dancing every weekend with their many friends. Also, they were avid sports fan, watching every Cleveland Indians baseball game and anything on ESPN, as well as rooting on their beloved Ohio State Buckeyes.

A loving homemaker, Marcella enjoyed being there for her husband Don and raising her five children, taking care of their every need.

Marcella was a member of the Chesterville United Methodist Church.

After being surprised with a horse by her husband, Marcella and her entire family eventually learned to love being involved with horse racing. Many weekends were spent at the race tracks, with their standard bred horses who they trained to harness race.

Her family was always her first priority, and she loved all family get togethers. An “excellent cook,” Marcella never let any one bring any dishes because she loved taking care of everything herself. Also, no matter the season she had to make her famous potato salad, which her family believes is “the best in the world.”

Always sharp witted, Marcella often would surprise her family and friends with her great sense of humor.

She will be dearly missed by her two sons: William “Bill” Irvine of Jeromesville, and Donal (Renee) Irvine of Anderson, Indiana; two daughters: Janet Irvine, and Marcella “Jodi” Pajestka, both of Northfield, Ohio; six grandchildren: Wyatt Irvine, Erin (Robert) McKee, Brad Irvine, Michelle (Joe) McCullough, Justin Irvine, and Dwight Jones; one great-grandson, Braedon McCullough; three sisters: Shirley (Ray) Turner-Peterson, Creta (Joe) Berger, both of Mount Vernon, and Karen Varner of Mount Gilead; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her husband and parents, Marcella was preceded in death by her daughter, Rebecca Mae Irvine in 1963; and by her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Vivian Trowbridge.

Marcella’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Decmeber 9, 2008, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, where services celebrating her life will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jeannie Winters officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions, they may be sent to Harbor Light Hospice, 734-C Alpha Drive, Highland Heights, Ohio 44143.

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