Mary F. Grau

February 02, 1918 ‒ July 25, 2010

Ashley, Ohio

Mary Frances (Sells) Grau lost her long struggle with COPD, passing away July 25, 2010 at her home near Marengo, Ohio, in the care of family and hospice. Born February 2, 1918 near Linworth, Ohio, Mary was preceded in death by her parents Howard Bennett Sells and Pearl (Snouffer) Sells, brothers Hallie, Joe, and Harry Sells, sister Iris (Sells) Engler and an infant sister. Mary was also predeceased in 1995 by her husband of 59 years, Ed;, by her daughter Donna, in 2005, and two great-grandchildren Molly Eddy and Brian Carroll. She is survived by her half-sister, Carolyn Tilley; her sons Edward (Sue) Grau, of Huntington Beach, CA and Danny (Gale) Grau of Marengo, OH and daughters Margaret (Tom) Eddy of Summitville, IN and Sunny (Larry) Krugh of Mechanicsburg, OH. Mourning the loss of their Grandma Mary are Tommy, Kenny, Doug, and Chris Eddy, Bonny Monroe, Patty Carroll; Michelle Grau Hoalton, Eric Grau, and Melissa Grau; Matt Wright; Robin Edwards, Patrick Edwards, and Misty Murfield. Twenty-three great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren are left with memories and family stories to remind them of her long and interesting life. Mary also left behind five step-great-grandchildren who had become a part of her life recently. Mary was a traditional homemaker who loved her family and supported her children in all their interests. She expressed her creativity in artwork, music, and poetry, leaving a legacy of beautiful paintings with family and friends. Before losing her eyesight, Mary created poetry about the world around her and was always quietly proud whenever one of her poems was published. She was a self-taught pianist who played everything from Brahms to Joplin, and loved to entertain her great-grandchildren with “Your Are My Sunshine.” The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 5:00 – 7:00p.m., with a memorial service at 7:00p.m, at Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 307 East High Street, Ashley, Ohio. To share a memory of Mary or to offer condolences to the family, please visit