Margaret J. “Meg” Bovinett

April 07, 1983 ‒ September 11, 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Margaret J. “Meg” Bovinett, 38, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021, in Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 7, 1983, in Mount Vernon to John and Marilyn Chidester. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2001, and from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio, in 2006, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She sang in the Heidelberg Concert Choir and was a member of the Euglossian Society and Allies, the school’s gay-straight support group.

Meg married Donald J. Bovinett, Jr., at Heidelberg Beach on August 2, 2008. She worked for J. P. Morgan Chase and PNC banks, where she was adored by her customers, before deciding on a career in education. She worked as a classroom aide at Dan Emmett Elementary School, and in the last two years of her life pursued a masters degree in early childhood education at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University, while battling stage IV metastatic melanoma.

Meg was a lifelong member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Mount Vernon, where she was a member of the youth group and the youth bell choir, served on the pastoral search committee, and sang in the church choir.

Meg was a beautiful soul with a loving, caring heart who spread sunshine, love, and joy to everyone she met. She loved her family fiercely, especially her three children, Joey, Dorothy, and MollyLou, with whom she enjoyed cooking, reading stories, beach time, and planning fun times to have. She loved Heidelberg Beach near Vermilion, OH, were she spent many summers growing up with her parents and brothers, and later with her husband and children. She was an avid reader and was a fan of James Patterson’s Alex Cross novels. She never met a stranger and was unfailingly kind to everyone in her life.

Meg is survived by her husband of 13 years, Donald J. Bovinett, Jr., son Donald “Joey” Bovinett III, daughters Dorothy Molly Jean Bovinett and MollyLou Jorah Bovinett, all of the home, parents John and Marilyn Chidester of Mount Vernon, brothers Brian (Mary) Chidester of Warren, RI, and Robert (Angela) Chidester of Milan, MI, parents-in-law Donald and Vickie Bovinett of Rockford, IL, brothers-in-law Sean (Katelyn) Bovinett of Dexter, IA, Jason Bovinett of Salix, IA, and Justin Bovinett of Williamsburg, IA, sister-in-law Christine (Aaron) Jacobsen of Salix, IA, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service for Meg will be held at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Mount Vernon, on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 2 p.m. for family and close friends. Guests are respectfully required to be masked and, if eligible, vaccinated against COVID-19. Then there will be a gathering in celebration of her life at the Memorial Building ballroom from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for anyone who wants to come on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

An additional memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, October 10, at Heidelberg Beach, where a memorial tree will be planted in Meg’s honor.

In lieu of flowers, friends are suggested to make memorial contributions to First Congregational United Church of Christ or the Melanoma Research Alliance.

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  • So Sorry for your loss , I will always remember teaching Meg how to make a apple pie on children’s floor in the library . We had a lot of fun and she had a kind soul . Rest In Peace Meg.

  • So very very sorry Mr. and Mrs. C. for your loss. I know how loved Meg was, I remember her running around the library when she was little following after her Dad. We are praying for you all.

  • Karen and I offer our sincere condolences on Meg’s death. We have known Meg for her whole life, having been friends with her parents for more than a half-century. We were pleased to attend her wedding to Donald at Heidelberg Beach. We grieve with her family at her passing and marvel at the strength she showed in her long fight against cancer.

  • So very sorry to read of Meg’s passing. I admired her strength and courage for the very short time I knew her. She was one of the good ones and shall be missed terribly.

  • I remember Meg fondly from my Latin classes. She was indeed a beautiful human being. My sincere condolences to her family.
    Requiescat in pace, Meg.
    Mrs. Mary Jo Behrensmeyer

  • My deepest sympathy to all of you. I was honored to know Meg. Her courage and indomitable spirit were an inspiration to me.
    May God bring you peace and solace. Meg has gained hers.

  • Our family is so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you . Meg was such a sweet gal.I loved working with her and the many occasions I had to spend with her..watching her grow up at the library and then watching her sweet little ones grow ..she fought a tough battle with such grace..extending prayers for the family.
    Linda Qualls.

  • I met Meg a choir camp. She was a sweet and beautiful soul who I enjoyed singing with and getting to know. I haven’t seen her in years but we stayed in touch online. I was following her journey and was so touched by her determination. Meg’s family will be in my prayers.
    You fought a great fight, Meg and we are so blessed for having known you. Rest in His Arms.

  • I am so sorry to here of your lose. I knew meg from childhood (elementary days) She was so sweet and kind to everyone she met and always such a good natured person all around. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  • So sorry to hear of Meg’s passing. I have many fond memories of growing up, going to school, and working with Meg. She was indeed very kind, smart and a wonderful person. My prayers go out to her family that they may find peace. God bless you all.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember working with Meg. Talking about life and laughing together. I just pulled out a silly picture of her, Shawn and I. She was one of those special people who if you needed a friend she was there. You always knew you had one in Meg! Even though we didn’t stay in touch I always thought and asked my mom about her. I wish I would of had the chance to reconnect. Love you Meg!

  • A proud father,loving husband and a dedicated Head Start soldier. When Donakd became an Ambassador it was a title well suited for him as he continued to advocate for Head Start.
    His wife and family were as much a part of the program as Donald. Our thoughts and prayers are with Fonald and the children. Meg made it possible for Donald to be as active as he was .
    Rest in Peace.
    Jeanette Taylor
    Parent Ambassador Coach

  • John and Marilyn and family,
    My heart skipped a beat when I was skimming the website and saw the obituary. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I am deeply sorry and pray for comfort for all of you. I remember fondly having Meg as a viola student all those years ago.
    Dina Snow

  • So very sorry. I loved working with Meg in the nursery, and with Joey and Dottye. She was such a big part of First Congregational. I was honored to know her. I cannot imagine the depths of this loss.

  • Although we can’t be there in body, we’ll be with you in spirit as you remember your beloved wife, mother, and daughter. May God grant you peace and the blessing of cherished memories as you mourn her loss.
    Phil and Barb Bentz

  • I am so very sorry to read of Meg’s passing. My heart weeps for you, for all of her family and dear friends. My deepest condolences.

  • John and Marilyn and Donald,
    Thinking of all of you as you navigate these difficult times. Meg was such a fighter and lived her life until she died- she never gave up. I remember her as a shy but delightful Middle Schooler. As a Mom she put her all into her kids. As a Facebook blogger she told her story with real feelings and emotion. She didn’t “sugar coat” anything! I’m glad I knew her. She will be remembered and missed.
    Linda Smith, her Middle School art teacher

  • Dear Chidester family–Please accept my condolences on your loss. As I followed Meg’s journey, I was impressed at her determination to conquer cancer, matched only by her love of her children, Joey, Dot, and MollyLou. I know she survives in your hearts, and she will be with you always.
    Milli Wyman

  • The. Chidester family,
    Our condolences to you all. Dean and I will be thinking of you all. Meg was one of our favorites through her growing up years.
    Cody and Dean

  • Dear John, Marilyn, Donald and family, my deepest sympathies for your loss. Meg was a lovely person, so intelligent and caring. I remember her as a really fine young lady during high school and as an active parent. She has many loving friends who join you in your grief. She has been a wonderful member of our community and will be missed, not only by her kids and family, but by all who knew her. God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. Sincere love and condolences,

  • I knew Meg for the last 3 years and got the pleasure of witnessing her fighting spirit and love for her family. It was deeply saddening to hear that she had passed and I truly believe she will be missed every day. My heart and prayers go out to her children, husband and parents.

  • So sad that Meg lost her long battle. Many people, especially family, will miss her. Give her beautiful children an extra hug each day from Meg.

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