Mary Gayle Gammon

February 17, 1950 ‒ September 15, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Mary Gayle Gammon, 69, of Delaware passed away peacefully Sunday morning, September 15, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 17, 1950 in Los Angeles, California to the late Fred and Gladys (Griggs) Chatburn. After graduating high school, she received her undergraduate degree from Long Beach State University. On August 12, 1972, she married the love of her life Thomas Gammon. Together they celebrated over 47 years of marriage.

Mary was a devoted and faithful member of the Berlin Church where she was very active in the children’s ministry. She enjoyed decorating, baking, hosting gatherings, working puzzles, watching football and attending her grandchildren’s activities. She also enjoyed listening to 50’s and 60’s music, watching classic movies and visiting California. She also loved writing and sending encouraging notes, letters and cards.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband Tom; daughters, Erin (Jordan) Bakker of Simi Valley, California, Beth (Andy) Lichtenberger of Marion, Kathryn “Katie” (Justin) Bays of Marion, and Megan (Aric) Mompher of Prospect; 14 grandchildren; brothers, Gary (Nita) Chatburn of Riverside, California and Dave (Lori) Chatburn of Sumner, Washington and 5 nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her grandson Lucas Kent Bays in 2015 and her granddaughter Marley Kate Bays in 2017.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:00 am at Berlin Church, 5175 S. Old State Road, Lewis Center, OH 43035, followed by a graveside service at 11:15 am at Cheshire Cemetery.

Contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road SE, Newark, OH 43055.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Gammon family.

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  • Our hearts hurt with your loss. Your kind gentle spirit will always be remembered. Praising God for the hope we have and celebrating that you are now with Him. Praying for all the family. We love you. Deb & Warren

  • We are blessed to have known Mary and grieve with you trusting in the promises of scripture. Last week I was reading 2Cor 5:4

    “For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened – not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.”

    Even though I have read this passage many times in the past I had failed to notice that the verse states that what is mortal is swallowed up by LIFE! Mary is now more alive than ever. We are looking forward to being reunited with her when all things are made new.

    -Matthew White

    When I think of Mary, I think of her smile, her love for family, her good cooking, the Buckeyes, her mature faith, and her service in the church. Mary faithfully led in the children’s ministry for years during a time when I was a young mom. It gave me a break to be able to sit and get fed during the service. She poured truth into many children week after week. We miss Mary already and look forward to our reunion.

    “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15

    -Gina White

  • I was a childhood friend of Mary’s daughters, Meagan. I don’t how many vivid memories people usually remember from age four, but I recall one during Megan’s and my preschool class 30 years ago.

    I was quite the shy kid at the time. Upon arriving to class each day, I would always stand by the door alone, nervously watching the other children play, too frozen to join anyone. But one day, a four-year old Megan grabbed my hand and took me to table to join others who were — I believe –playing with play dough.

    I cannot say that I knew Mary well, and while I do recall occasionally bumping into Mary during my elementary school years, it’s been decades since I’ve had any interaction with her. Yet seeing photos of Mary, the celebration of her life, and the fullness of all that it entailed, I couldn’t help but remember that one moment from my four-year-old self. It’s now so clear that behind Megan’s gesture of Christ’s welcome was a mother who embodied Christ’s welcome, His kindness, warmth, cheer, and goodness. It’s clear that she passed it along to her children and everyone else that she ran into, even if it was but for a small moment. And so even as I join others in mourning this loss, I am moved to follow in her example.