Margaret Ann Lindley

September 25, 1930 ‒ February 10, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Margaret Ann Lindley passed away February 10, 2017 at Wedgewood Estates in Mansfield. She was 86.

The daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Harris) Lindley, Margaret was born September 25, 1930 in Mansfield and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High with the class of 1948.  Margaret furthered her education at Oberlin College where she majored in history and earned her Master’s Degree from Case Western Reserve. She also graduated from the University of Michigan majoring in Library Science.

Margaret began her career at Carpenter Elementary and continued working in Mansfield City Schools for 32 years. She retired as a school librarian and director of the media center in 1984.

She enjoyed traveling, especially throughout Europe and Florida. Margaret was an avid reader and also enjoyed playing Scrabble. She truly loved the downtown Mansfield area and regularly visited and donated to the Richland Co. Public Library, the Mansfield Art Center, the Renaissance Theatre, and Kingwood Center. She will be remembered as a bright and cheerful woman, full of kindness and love.

Margaret was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Mansfield where she served as an elder and a deaconess.  She was a former member of the AAUW and the Richland Co. Retired Teachers Assoc.

She is survived by cousins Mr. Beverley “Hunky” Benson of Minneapolis, MN, Debbie (Steve) Soeffing of Rochester, NY, Jane Hamilton of Canaan, CT, Victoria Hamilton (John Slovik) of New York City, and Scot (Katherine) Hamilton of Upper Saddle River, NJ; along with special friends Sandy and Bob Nye of Mansfield who gave her wonderful care.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Jimmy Joe Lindley and her good friend Earl Goetz.

A funeral service honoring Margaret’s life will be held Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home and friends are invited to call the hour before the funeral service.  Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Richland County Foundation (Education Fund).

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Margaret’s family and friends and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch her tribute video—at

  • Margaret was a fascinating lady. Classy, with an infectious smile. We count it an honor to have been able to care for her, learn from her, and love her these past two years. Our hearts are broken as we will miss her dearly, but we rejoicing in knowing that we will meet again. Our hearts and prayers are with her family and her sweet friend Sandy who cared deeply for Margaret and took such wonderful care of her.

    Servant’s Heart Caregivers

  • We remember Margaret as a delightful classmate in the class of 1948. We worked on the student newspaper together and had some wonderful times. Unfortunately, our class continues to get smaller. Our sympathy to her family and friends. Jim Lowry.

  • Loved Margaret and her kind heart. I am Bessie Lewis’ granddaughter and they were next door neighbors at Wedgewood as you know. Bessie passed away yesterday morning, so I know they are dancing together in heaven. What a fast reunion for two beautiful woman!!

    Peace and comfort to you all.

  • I am Deborah Harris Soeffing and am a cousin to Margaret Ann. I grew up knowing Margaret Ann as a thoughtful, kind and gracious lady. Although our families were separated by many miles, she was and forever will be near in my heart. My condolences to all who knew and loved her.