Mary A. Fierbaugh

January 16, 1925 ‒ June 01, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

Mary A. Fierbaugh, age 91 of Delaware passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Delaware Court with her husband by her side.

Born in Smithville, Ohio on January 16, 1925 she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Emma (Hartzler) Crider. A graduate of Smithville High School in 1943, she went on to graduate from Ashland College with a degree in education in 1947.

In 1948 she married her first husband of 34 years high school basketball coaching legend J. Daniel Baker. Together they raised their son and were advocates of education.  Sadly Dan passed away in 1982 at the age of 57.

Devoted to education, Mary taught as an elementary teacher for Wooster City Schools, with the Ashland and Iberia Schools, Northwestern Local in Wayne County, and finally at Waldo Elementary School of the River Valley District in Marion where she retired in 1985.

Upon retirement Mary once again found joy in re-connecting with Roger Fierbaugh, whom she married in 1986. Together they have shared the past 30 years caring for each other’s needs and enjoying life.

She was a member of William St. United Methodist Church, Retired State Teacher and National Education Associations. Mary leaves a legacy of love for her family and her countless students.

She is survived by her husband Roger, son Joseph D. (Karen) Baker II, DO of Dothan, AL, step-son David (Janice) Fierbaugh of Tyler, TX, step-daughter Susan (Marcus) Feldman of St. Louis, MO, grandchildren: Emily S. Baker, DDS, and Joseph F. Baker, step-grandchildren: James Fierbaugh, PharmD, Shelly, and Daniel Fierbaugh, step-great-grandchild Thomas, and a niece and nephew.

In addition to her parents and first husband she was recently preceded in death by her sister Pauline Clingan and step-son Stanley Fierbaugh.

Friends may call 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr., Delaware with services at 1:30 p.m. and Celebrant Don Lockwood officiating.  Graveside services will follow 4:30 p.m. at the Smithville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the William St. United Methodist Church, 28 W. William St., Delaware, OH 43015.

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  • I remember Mary from her years of teaching in Iberia. My mother was one of her fellow teachers. Mary was a beautiful young woman we all admired as students. I lost track of her over the years and had no idea she had remarried after Danny’s death. Her picture shows she was still a beautiful lady and certainly one worthy of admiration for all her years dedicated to teaching. I am grateful her family published her obituary in the Ashland Times Gazette where I read of her death. May all of you be comforted as you have lost someone so dear.