Marlyn Joy Hemans

April 16, 1926 ‒ March 27, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Marlyn Cochran Hemans, 91, of Delaware passed away late Tuesday evening, March 27, 2018 at the Inn at Olentangy Trail.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 16, 1926 to the late Wesley P. Cochran, Sr. and Vella (Furich) Cochran and later graduated from Carrick High School in Pittsburgh and Robert Morris Business School of Pittsburgh. In 1947, she married Almer C. Hemans the love of her life. Marlyn and Al owned and operated the Short Stop convenience store in Delaware until Al’s untimely death in 1977. Marlyn was a fiercely independent woman and went on to have a long career at McCloy Financial Services.

Marlyn greatly loved her family and community. She was President of the Baldwin Borough Women’s Club of Pittsburgh, PA and President of the Delaware County United Way. Marlyn also served on the Board of Directors of People In Need, the Delaware Women’s Club, and the River Oaks Condominium Association.

A very bright and very well read individual, she always kept up on current events and enjoyed having lively discussions about them.

Marlyn loved sporting events and never missed an event that her “Boys” or grandchildren participated in. She was an avid Steeler Fan and loved the Buckeyes. Marlyn also loved collecting and visiting lighthouses and knew the history of all of her collection. Most of all she enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her family, especially in her favorite vacation spots in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Mark (Beth), Scott (Cathy), and Kurt (Sheila); grandchildren, Doug and Brett Hemans, Brenda (Mark) Himmel, and Christopher (Sarah) Hemans; brother, Wesley P. Cochran, Jr.

A private family graveside service will be held at Kingwood Memorial Park. Celebration of life services will be held at a later date.

Contributions in Marlyn’s memory may be made to the United Way of Delaware County or the American Heart Association.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.

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  • Dear Mark, Scott, and entire Hemans family,
    I’m very sorry to read about your mom. What a nice life story, truly a life well lived. It had been a long time since I had thought of the Short Stop. I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
    Mike Cooney

  • Dear Mark,
    What a spirited woman who led an amazing life and raised three fine sons. I am sure you all made her very proud and she will live on in each of you and your family members. Wishing you strength and peace.
    Pat & Ted Lewandowski

  • Dear Scott and family so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother and I know that your mother is resting in the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ and may God bless her and God bless their family

  • Mark,Scott,Kurt and all the family,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was always so nice and funny.
    God bless, Love Deke

  • To Mark , Scott, and the Hemans family,
    My prayers and thoughts are with all of you! Hold onto the wonderful memories!
    Mark Sabel

  • To Mark, Scott, Kurt and the whole Hemans family,
    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful mother and grandmother. We were privileged to meet Marlyn a number of times and could not help be impressed by her dynamic personality and quick wit. She was truly an impressive woman and reading her obituary indicates what a remarkable life she lived. Hers is a life to be celebrated!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love, Jim and Dorothy Barufaldi

  • Mark and all the Hemans family,

    I send to you my sincere and deep condolences at the passing of your mother (and grandmother). I pray that you will be comforted at this time of loss. She clearly had a wonderful life and a great family. Cherish the many fond memories that you have spending time with your mother. I had forgotten that your family operated the Short Stop convenience store, which was the first store of that genre that I knew.

    Richard Blakeslee

  • All,
    I will miss her so much. She was what I would want to be as a person, kind, caring, connected and concerned. I will always remember the times at The Jug. So Sorry, ugh, gutted…

  • Indeed Marlyn was an independent, inspirational, intelligent and compassionate lady. Singing Easter hymns with the angels. God rest your soul and grant comfort and peace to your family.

  • Hello Boys,

    What a rough time for all of you. Marlyn-she was a feisty one! I admired her beauty….and her strong independence. She did a fantastic job of raising three good men. Think on good things-all the happy times because love never dies.
    Hugs all around and a smooch to my Scottie.

    Best Regards,
    Beth Linn Trigg

  • Mark, Scott & Kurt,
    Dennis and I are so sorry to hear about your mom. Mom’s are very special to us, that’s why it’s hard to let them go. Marlyn was certainly a special lady and will definitely be missed by all who knew her, but she will truly never be gone as long as her memory lives in your hearts.


  • Mark,Scott,Kurt,
    Sorry to hear of your mothers passing, she must have been quite a lady. She will always be in your heart. Prayers to all Peace if the Lord be with you.
    Jenny Poole.

  • Mark Scott and Kurt
    Boy I go back a lot of years with your family. Spent a lot of time at your house. I was so sorry to hear about your mom. Now she is with your dad. She will be missed. Prayers are with you all at this time. RIP MARLYN

  • Mark,Scott, Kurt, The Short Stop was my daily stop when I had my paper route in the 70’s can’t even guess how many icee’s I had over the years used to trade extra papers for some refreshments even if they had excess papers they would trade me for an icee, thats when i first met the family and later my mother and Marlyn became best of friends.My memories will always be of a happy care free time biking to that little Pennsylvania Ave oasis and blue and red lips before I started my daily deliveries. Prayers and strength to all.

  • To All,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. A life well lived. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • So sorry to hear about Marlyn’s passing. She and Gretchen will be reunited. Prayers for you all in the days ahead.

  • Sending love and light from all the Lampheres. Marlyn leaves quite a legacy in the things she did, the awesome men she raised, and all the friends and family that she touched. Hold tight to those memories in the coming days. Our prayers are with you.

  • Dear Mark and family,
    I was saddened to hear of your loss. We are sending you our hopes for healing through happy memories that you have.
    Janice and Mike Walters

  • Dear Hemans Family,

    I hope Marlyn has much more beautiful light houses to see in her next venture,
    Maybe her influence now can still support the Buckeyes in the future.
    Many great memories show how the Hemans family enjoyed the family spirit and she was a leader at that.
    Our thoughts go out to the entire family throughout her journey and the celebration of her past life with all that knew her.

    Chas & Laura

  • I am so very sad about Marlyn’s passing. She was a great and true friend. Too many great memories…..but the one I remember…..she asked me to stop over one evening
    and we drank white Russians……….I had to stay long after I finished the white russians!!!!! We had so many laughs and good times.!!! Rest in peace, my long time friend……