Marilyn Joanne Davidson Renfroe

July 11, 1932 ‒ March 20, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14) Comforting words from Jesus to his disciples were a foundational verse to Marilyn Renfroe. A woman strong in the Christian faith, gentle in spirit, and kind in service to the Lord, Marilyn had a keen sense of adventure; she loved to laugh and seek out the fun, and earned the nickname “Grandma Bling.”

Friday afternoon March 20, 2015 Marilyn went to be in the Lord’s presence as she was surrounded by the family she so dearly loved. She was 82.

Marilyn was born July 11, 1932 to James and Mary (Marshall) Davidson and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1950. She studied Christian Education at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and graduated from there in 1956. She later graduated from Ohio State University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education.

Marilyn was active in the churches she attended. She taught a young people’s class, Sunday school, Jr. Church and was Superintendant of Vacation Bible School.

She attended Berean Baptist Church and was active in the Bible Study, prayer meeting and other activities.

She was married to Donald Renfroe (who is deceased) for 50 years. She is survived by their children Samuel & Deborah Renfroe of Mansfield and Pamela & Randy Kern of Monument, CO; grandchildren Matthew Renfroe of Kent, Rebecca & Alvin Hardin of Overland Park, KS, Jeremy & Tina Renfroe of Mansfield and Alex Kern of Monument, CO; great grandchildren Avionna Hardin, Desiré Hardin, Abijah Hardin and Lacey Renfroe; brothers Donald & Mary Davidson of Ellicott City, MD, Dean & Sally Davidson of Lexington, Roger & Gayle Davidson of Bonita Springs, FL, Larry Davidson of Chandler, AZ; sisters Norma Brindle of Ashland, Shirley and Daniel Stiteler of Mansfield, Carol and Larry Eicher of Mansfield, Vicki and Marty Breitinger of Mansfield, and Karen and Edd Dunlap of Delaware; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, two sisters are deceased Joyce and Sondra Davidson.

Marilyn taught school at Clear Fork Elementary in Bellville for 23 years. She loved children and working with them. Before that she taught Bible in Union, Plymouth and Shiloh Schools in Richland County.

She previously attended Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Woodville Grace Brethren Church, and was charter member of Lexington Grace Brethren Church. She had recently been attending Berean Baptist Church.

In 1950-1956 she worked at Therm-O-Disc.

Her legacy would be “suffer the little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of God.”

The Renfroe family will receive friends Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Visitation continues Friday 10 to 11 a.m. in the foyer of Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Marilyn Renfroe will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of Berean Baptist Church, with Pastors Nate Meiers, Jim Berry and Steve Kern officiating. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in Marilyn’s memory to Berean Baptist Church may be made at the funeral home.

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  • A remarkable lady! She was my fifth grade teacher and almost 40 years later when I would see her out we would always have a conversation. She was truly a great teacher and mentor to many and will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Marilyn, my sister and my friend. I could go to Marilyn with anything and she would not judge. She was a wonderful role model. She had a great sense of humor and always had a funny story to tell about her experiences.
    We will miss her so much but know she is in heaven and will not suffer anymore.
    Marilyn, we love you.

  • My heartfelt sympathy to the family. I only knew Marilyn for a few weeks, but felt I had known her much longer. She was a remarkable lady, and she will be missed by all. May The Lord bless you, and know she is with the Father now. Pauline Butler

  • It was a privilege to teach with Marilyn. There are so many wonderful memories and stories that Marilyn, Lou, and I shared when we taught Fourth grade together. She will be missed.

  • It was a privilege to teach with Marilyn. There are so many wonderful memories and stories that Marilyn, Lou, and I shared when we taught fourth grade together. She will be missed by many.

  • Marilyn ,my besutiful sister who was not only s beauty on outside but her inner beauty was always ptesent. My heart is heavy but know you are in gods hsnds now. I will truly miss you and all your did yout job here on earth. What a great witness you were to all your family and friends. Love you sis…..

  • Sam and family,

    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s death. While I didn’t know her, I can see she was a very special woman! If Sam is any indication, she did a wonderful job of raising children in the process of accomplishing so much in her own life. Cherish the memories and be blessed.

  • It was a privilege to know Marilyn and to work with her at Bellville Elementary. She was a kind and loving teacher to my children. A memory that stands out is that she and Lou would meet in the mornings before school, and pray over the day and their students. Wasn’t that just like her? I would like to send my sympathy to all of her loved ones.

  • Though our rooms were not very close at Clearfork, I was always inspired when I saw her; her gentleness showed in her smile. Sympathy to the family.

    Margery Stoodt