Marjory J. McChesney

July 14, 1934 ‒ September 29, 2014

Edison, Ohio

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

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. May God Bless each of you.

    Cliff & Elizabeth Mosher

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all the McChesney Family! Praying for comfort and strength.
    In Christ Love
    Dave & Linda

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been very fortunate to know such a loving family as the McChesneys. Thoughts and lots of love to you all during this difficult time.

  • Our hearts are breaking again for your family. Their story of devotion to each other is one we can all be inspired to achieve. Relieved of her illness, she is probably decorating her new heavenly home with the many riches stored for her arrival.

  • It has been many years since I saw Margie, I do remember her bubbly personality. She and Paul had a special devotions to missions which I really have admired. When I read of Paul’s death I thought of Margie of course. I’m just so glad she did not have to live long without him. That is a hard thing to do, I’ve just lost my beloved Bob (nearly 5 years now) but it seems like yesterday. I do miss him, so I know how she felt. And for the children, I know this is difficult for all of you. God bless you all. I had worked with Margie in UMW.
    Mary Allen

  • To the McChesney family,

    Together again, I am so sorry for ;your loss, may God’s grace give you peace and comfort, I knew Marge better than Paul, she was a special friend to my Mother, Corinne Rathburn, mom thought so much of her, they are enjoying themselves with no pain or worries.

  • Steve, Brenda, Bruce, Phil and Mindy: It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived and well-loved family. Memories are the gift God leaves when he calls loved ones home.

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. Won’t be the same going over to that farm and not seeing one of them out.

  • Continuing prayers precious friends. Oh how I loved Marge, a strong mentor in my life. Feel the peace of Christ, as only He can give.

  • To the Family; we send our deepest Sympathy , our thoughts and Prayers are with the family at this time. love your brother, Tommy Reece and wife Betty and our family from 410 Grove Ave. Galion,Ohio 44833

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom and your Dad. May Gods Geace comfort you during this time. My thoughts and prayers.
    Tami Brooks Johnson

  • Mindy and your family are in our prayers. She was a wonderful woman. Wish I met her before she went home to be with the Lord.

  • to Steve, Bruce, Brenda and Mindy and the other family members, sympathy and condolences/

  • Asking the Lord for strength and courage for each of you. Your parents will be very missed in this community–yet each of you carry the treasures of love they deposited through Christ. Many blessings and victories as you remember and pull together in the days ahead. We love you neighbors.

  • Dear Mindy and Family,
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace.
    The Fante Family

  • God’s grace and peace be with each of you. As a family, you have been twice blest with a Mother and Father who loved you and taught and demonstrated God’s love. We will always remember Marjory’s infectious laugh and wit as well as her pride in her five children.

  • It was so good to see you Sunday but didnt know of your situation. The latest loss surely is hard following so close but it surely seems fitting for them to be joined together quickly in the Lords presence. Much to rejoice. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. God will comfort as will friends & family.. Take care & God bless.

  • McChesney Family: I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are truly with you guys. I will remember her warmth and smile when I worked at McChesney Implement.

  • The love of God always showed in their eyes, in their kind and loving ways, in their joyful spirit. What a precious heritage they have left you. I am so sorry for your loss, but rejoice with you knowing Marjory and Paul are with Jesus!
    “For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4‬:‭14‬ ESV)

  • Dear McChesney Family,

    I pray for your family that Marjory’s cherished memories throughout her life will help to bring peace and comfort.

    Fresh out of nursing school, I went to work for Woodside. It was there I met Margie. I will never forget how she took me under her wing ,and showed me the nursing home routine. What an inspiration Margie was to me. Margie was a wonderful nurse, who didn’t consider it a job. She was there to make the rest of the life of her patient the best it could be. Margie had a personality of such heartfelt caring and loving nature, that made her a precious gem! Her patients and staff adored her. Such a devoted lady to family, god, and whoever crossed her path. Margie never knew a stranger, as her kindness and warmth would embrace you! My heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

  • Your mom would rather be in Heaven with your Dad than struggling here on earth. So thankful she has found peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Mike and Brant Jordan
    Jordan Bros.

  • We have been missing Margie for awhile. Now she is home and whole. The laughter and the giggles are back. Margie had a strong independent voice and an infectious spirit for life. To me she was a beautiful example, a mentor and a friend. Having her in my life has made it better and definitely more fun.

  • To the McChesney children, grandchildren,, and great grandchildren

    What an inspiration of parenting, guidance, and love your parents showed to the end. Their spiritual life had such a reflection on so many lives they touched. I will never forget the times I had the opportunity to spend with them on mission trips and church functions. Your mother was always a live wire, full of laughter, smiles and always up beat. Sometimes Paul would just smile and shake his head. When they took their vows death do us part, they meant it, and they lived it. Your parents were special, and you have a very special family.

    Don McCoy

  • So sorry for you loss. They were together throughout life and are now together in eternity.

  • Dear McChesney Family,
    Now that Parents, Marjory and Paul, both experience the reality of “life beyond the reach of death” and are present with the Lord, may your proper grieving in hope hold you up even while tears, internal and external, show the strength His grace gives. With much love as we pray.
    Howard & Mary Evelyn

  • Mindy,

    We are so sorry about you loss…

    Love to you all…xoxo

    Stacey, Phil, Matt and Mikey

  • Brenda and Family,

    I remember your mom at the farm whenever I would bring up my children to visit with you and your children. She welcomed us and made sure they had fun in the treehouse, the fields, the barn, etc. Those visits are still some of my children’s favorite childhood memories.

    These are sad times for you all but your parents are rejoicing in the arms of the Lord. Many prayers for the whole family.


  • Special love and prayers to all of you as we celebrate the homegoing of two very special people who left such a positive influence in our world. It’s just never easy to say goodbye. Sincerely, Kathy Salisbury Boggs

  • I hurt for you in your loss. At the same time I celebrate that you know where your parents are and that they passed their Christian heritage on to each generation of your family. What a blessing your family has been and remain to our community and to many other communities. Love and prayers, Corinne