Marjory J. McChesney
July 14, 1934 ‒ September 29, 2014
Marjory J. “Margie” McChesney, age 80, of Edison, was reunited with her husband, Paul, who passed away only six weeks ago. Marjory entered Heaven early Monday morning, September 29, 2014, following an extended illness.
Margie was born on July 14,1934 in Marion, Ohio, the daughter of the late Gloyd E. Dearth and Helen Fern (Miley) Dearth. She and her older sister, Jean, were raised in Marion by their loving paternal grandparents, Ira and Pearl Dearth. Marjory graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1952.
Shortly after graduation, Margie married the young gentleman from Claridon, Paul McChesney. They met when she was only 15 years old, while attending Camp Sychar Church Camp in Mount Vernon. They were married on February 14, 1953, at Greenwood E.U.B. Church in Marion. They lived a life of devotion to the Lord and to each other during their 61 wonderful years of marriage. Paul preceded her in death on August 17, 2014.
Margie was a loving homemaker, and counted it a blessing to stay home to care for Paul and their five children. In addition to managing all of the responsibilities of a farm wife, she cooked, gardened, canned, sewed her children’s clothes, delivered countless meals to her husband and sons working in the fields and raised purebred Wire-Haired Fox Terriers, which she sold all over the United States.
After tending to and mending the many bumps, bruises, cuts and broken bones that accompanied five rambunctious children, Margie was inspired to go back to school to become a nurse. She earned her degree from Tri-Rivers Career Center in 1978. She started her nursing career at Morrow Manor Nursing Home in Chesterville, and later worked for over ten years at Woodside Village Care Center in Mount Gilead. She then worked in private home care with American Nursing, caring for families in need all over Ohio. She loved in-home care because it allowed her to bond with the people she was caring for.
After Margie and Paul’s wedding, she joined him at his home church, becoming an active member of the Marion Salem United Methodist Church. Dedicated to the Lord and their church, Margie was a member and past president of their United Methodist Women’s group. For many years she was the musical director for Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the “Singing Salem Sisters,” and she loved using her creativity to decorate the church each week and for the holidays.
Marjory was “the wife of noble character” described by Proverbs 31:10-31. She shared in Paul’s passion for missions and his belief and need to spread the gospel of the Lord. Together they purchased a farm in Brazil to provide credibility and opportunity for the missionaries working there. They loved visiting their farm in Brazil, and offered their love, support, and wisdom to help the many seeds being planted for the Lord to grow. They shared many more mission trips together to places such as New Zealand, Ecuador, and Haiti. They both shared a special love for the work they did in Haiti.
Margie was enthusiastic and supportive of her children. She never missed any of their games or activities, and she always made sure you knew she was there by either ringing a cowbell or yelling so loudly you could hear her from miles away. Her children’s friends nicknamed her “Sarge” because of her boisterous and fun-loving personality. She also was a 4H advisor and leader, active for many years as a member of the P.T.A., and volunteered at numerous school events.
While Margie absolutely loved her five children, as each one married, she embraced the new family member as her own. She had a special love for babies, and her grandchildren were truly the apples of her eye. She cherished being surrounded by her many grandchildren, and loved every time a new baby was born into the family. She looked forward to every holiday, knowing that all of her family would come home to the farm. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. Each year, she decorated every room in the house with Christmas trees and colored lights.
For many years, Margie and Paul hid her battle with Alzheimer’s disease, because they didn’t want to burden their family and friends. Throughout it all, Margie handled herself with grace and dignity. Loved ones will only remember her outgoing and fun-loving personality. She could tell the best stories, had a contagious laugh, and had one rule in the house, “Don’t bleed on the rug!”
Left to cherish her memory are her five children: Steve (Phyllis) McChesney of Mount Gilead, Bruce (Conni) McChesney, Phil (Sheila) McChesney, both of Cardington, Brenda “Susie” (David) Harvey of Crown Point, Indiana, and Melinda “Mindy” (Scott) Lerman of West Nyack, New York; 15 grandchildren: Andrea (Josh) Chase, Dara (Ben) Harriger, Nicholas (Jodi) McChesney, Ryan (Leslie) McChesney, Lyndsay (Andy) Wyeth, Christopher (Jocelyn) McChesney, Justin (Amy) McChesney, Breanne (Tyler) Wall, Andrew McChesney, Alyssa, Emily and Kyle Harvey, and Luke, Alex and Eva Lerman; 9 great-grandchildren; a half brother, Gloyd (Jeannie) Dearth Jr.; a step sister, Loretta Shaffer; and several nieces and nephews.
Including her husband and parents, Margie was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law: Norma “Jean” (William) Strawser; a step-brother, Richard Caskey; and a step-brother-in-law, Dwight Shaffer.
Her family will greet friends from 3 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 5th, at the Marion Salem United Methodist Church, 1640 Salem Rd., Caledonia, OH. Services honoring her life and celebrating her homegoing will also be held there at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, with Pastors James Van Meter and Tom Scott officiating. Burial will follow by the church in Salem Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion Salem United Methodist Church (address above), to help with their missions efforts.
Her family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to their caregivers: Shelly Fetter, Debbie McRae, and Amy Seckel for their tender loving care of Marjory and Paul.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Margie’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.