Marian Jean Mellott Burnell

January 07, 1930 ‒ January 26, 2017

Galion, Ohio
Formerly of Edison, Ohio

Marian Jean Mellott Burnell, age 87, of Galion and formerly of Edison, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday morning, January 26, 2017, at Magnolia Terrace in Galion.

Marian was born on January 7, 1930 at home in Mount Gilead, the only child of the late Fred Dennis and Vera Vern (West) Mellott.  She lived on a farm where her family raised cows, sheep and horses.  She attended Edison Elementary School and graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1947.

On August 1, 1948, she married her high school sweetheart, Lawrence Edward Burnell.  They shared over 66 years as husband and wife before he preceded her in death on December 31, 2014.

Marian worked at North Electric until she had children and then stayed at home to raise them.  During that time she started Marian’s Cakes, which she was well known for across Morrow and surrounding counties for her beautiful and artistic cakes and cookies of all kinds.

A woman of faith, she was a member of the Denmark United Methodist Church and enjoyed teaching Sunday school classes there for many years.

In her spare time Marian enjoyed gardening, reading, was an avid bowler and very active in Canaan Grange.  Her favorite past time was watching football, basketball and baseball, and she was a true Buckeye fan.

She spent much of her time sending greeting cards to everyone she loved and cared about.

Marian will be dearly missed by her three children: Dennis (Sue) Burnell of New Breman, OH, Patricia (Steve) Stansbery of Edison, LuAnn (Steve) Bloomfield of Mount Gilead; nine grandchildren: Shanna (Tony) Bales of Brunswick, Dr. Shawn (Alicia) Stansbery of Bowling Green, Brian (Kelly) Pangborn of Mount Gilead, Stephanie (Steve) Barr of Caledonia, Trent (Becky) Bloomfield of Findlay, Emily Burnell of New Breman, Molly (Jay) Schwartz of St. Henry, Nathan Burnell of Charleston, South Carolina, Amy (Tom) Wilker of New Breman; 16 great grandchildren: Drew and Ben Bales, Hayden and Owen Pangborn, Parker, Gabriella and Ethan Barr, Nicolas and Jacob Bloomfield, Allison, Grace, Lillian, Alexa and Olivia Wilker, Ingrid Stansbery, J.J. Schwartz; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Wrhel of Mount Gilead; a nephew, Ed (Debbie) Burns of Warsaw, IN; and a niece, Cindy (Ken) Mercer of Harrisville, RI.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Larry Burnell in 1990.

Marian’s family will greet friends from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will be held there at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor David Smith and her son-in-law, Pastor Stephan Bloomfield officiating.  A private family burial will take place at a later date in Bryn Zion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Denmark United Methodist Church or to Gideons International, and may be made in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Marian’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Steve and LuAnn,
    So sorry to hear this news! I have so many happy memories of school years with Marian, and planning many class reunions since. RIP, dear friend. Prayers for all the family, and God Bless!

  • So very sorry to hear about your lovely mother’s passing. She was a special woman and a talented baker. Sending all of the family my warm thoughts and sincere prayers.

  • Patty, Steve and family, So sorry to hear of your mother and grandmothers passing. She was a sweet lady,always had a smile! Our prayers are with you at this time!

  • Luann, Steve and Family:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet mom. She was a lovely lady always smiling with an infectious laugh!

    She made our wedding cake and decorated part of it at the house. It was beautiful. Marian was pure delight.

    You have our deepest sympathy.

    Love and prayers,

  • Very sorry for your loss. May all your great memories comfort you in this difficult time. She was a very special lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was always willing to answer my many cake questions… just loved her answers.

  • Luann & Steve, we are sad to hear of the loss of your mom. She was a lovely lady. Prayers for comfort for family and friends. Love.. Karen & Ken.

  • To Dennis and the rest of the family: you have our sympathy in the loss of such a nice lady. She baked such delicious cakes! Prayers for all of you.

  • LuAnn and Steve and all of Marians family , please know my prayers are with all of you at this time. Marian was a lovely lady .She will be happy to join her loved ones that have gone on before her. Her beautiful smile and soft voice will be one of my favorite memories of her. I believe you will have so many memories that will help you through the days to come. She loved her family so and it showed when you talked to her.may God wrap His arms around you all with the love that He can give. I am sending my love to you.. Linda

  • Sorry to learn of Mrs. Burnell’s passing. She always had a kind word and beautiful smile whenever I would see her through the years. Continued prayers to her wonderful family and friends.

  • Patti, Steve and family,
    We loved your mom, Patti! She was always there with her bright smile and happy attitude that still lives in you. She will be missed. Prayers for you all at this difficult time.❤🌿🙏

  • Patty & Steve & family:
    LuAnn & Steve:
    Dennie & Sue:
    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I know it was rough last
    few years; I have many fond memories of her. Glad to hear you are
    doing a service to celebrate her life, since she had a long life worth
    celebrating. My prayers are with each of you during this difficult
    Evelyn (Ramey) Manecci

  • To all of the family of Marian,

    We are so saddened for you all. Marian was a very special lady. Always smiling, very humble and happy. Our families visited one another and had a wonderful time together.
    Marian made John and I wedding cake, decorated with lily of the valley. Beautiful artistry.
    I will always remember Marian and Lawrence with the fondest of memories.
    Their legacy lives on in you.
    Our sincerest condolences
    John and Mary Peterson

  • Our deepest sympathies at this time of your mother’s passing. Prayers of comfort and peace are yours. She leaves a great leagacy for us to remember her.

  • LuAnn and Steve: While I didn’t know your mother LuAnn, I know you. Knowing you gives me the best picture I can have of what your mother was like, a child of God who raised her daughter to know and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. You are a wonderful example of how she must have set a loving path for you to follow and the choices you have made to including choosing the man you married. Even now as a pastor’s spouse, you have shown the best qualities of a loving child of God that I can only imagine came to you by way of your mother’s example. I am so sorry for you loss, but you know that she has received the reward of faith, and has been made whole in body and spirit. Blessings of peace and comfort to you.

  • We are with you all in thought and spirit today and missing Aunt Marian. We are so happy she is finally at peace and will always remember the good times we shared throughout our child hood. We had so many good times. Our love is with all of you May God Bless us all.

  • Beautiful video….
    My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out today to the family. Without
    a doubt, Marion is now with our Lord. May that same Lord comfort the hearts of all today, where there is pain, may He bring comfort, where there is sadness and grief, may He replace that with a priceless memory; May He be with you all today as you come together and celebrate a Dear Mother, Grandmother, Relative and Dear Friend.
    There is so much Love to be seen in this video. That love and these memory gems
    live on forever. God bless you all.
    (Wanted to make it out today, but so much sickness at home right now.)