Mary I. Nash

May 07, 1922 ‒ December 03, 2009

Marion, Ohio

The sweetest, most kind hearted woman, Mary Nash, was “graceful, even under fire.” She brightened everyone’s world with her overwhelmingly loving spirit.

Mary I. Nash, age 87, of Marion, died Thursday morning, December 3, 2009, at her residence surrounded by her family.

On May 7, 1922, Mary was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Frank and Helen (Martin) Gamber. She graduated from John Harris High School in the Class of 1940.

Following high school, Mary attended the Poly Clinic Nursing Program in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, until her plans were altered by the man she would marry.

As a teenager in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Mary had fallen for Melvin “Jay” Nash, who had enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Her heart was with Jay, a decorated veteran on the USS Wichita in the South Pacific, and she would anxiously await his letters as they corresponded the entire time. Their song was “I’ll be home for Christmas,” and when he was honorably discharged from the Navy he returned to her just before Christmas, and they were married soon thereafter on April 16, 1946

Always together, Mary and Jay owned and operated a farm in Grantville, Pennsylvania, until they sold their farm to in 1969. While searching for a new farm, one of Jay’s Navy friends found a farm for him in Marion, Ohio, on Gooding Road. This would become their new family farm, where Mary would milk the cows every day and she would even bail hay until her children were old enough to do it for her. Mary and Jay shared 35 wonderful years together, until he died tragically in an automobile accident on February 1, 1981.

Mary and Jay had been members of the Shells Lutheran Church, in Shellsville, Pennsylvania.

As Jay was an avid quarter horse racer, Mary supported him every step of the way, gladly traveling far and wide to help him race. They were members of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Having a green thumb, Mary loved tending to her extremely large garden patch, where she grew all varieties of vegetables.

Always reading, Mary would read anything she could get her hands on. She would read her Bible and Guideposts every morning, and later in the day be reading Stephen King and other thrilling novels. She had also been known to be caught playing games on the computer, with solitaire being her favorite.

With a deep love for her family, Mary was honored to have most of her children and grandchildren down the same lane as her on the farm. They have countless special memories together they will cherish forever, such as the mini bikes that she thought looked simple…until she ran into the tree. Her grandchildren though were the most important in her world, and she loved every minute spent with them.

Mary will be dearly missed by her four children: Paxson “Pete” Nash of Marion, and his two sons: Paxson (Kathy) Jr. and Zane Nash; Terry (David) Bryan of Marion, and their two daughters: Christina (Timothy) Brandt, and Stephanie Bryan; Gail Nash of Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania, and her son, Matthew Popp; William “Bill” (Keely) Nash of Marion, and their son, Joshua Nash; three great grandchildren: Bryan Brandt, Nathan Malone, Brayden Popp, and Jared Rhoads; and a brother, Frank “Brud” (Gerry) Gamber of Mechaniscburg, Pennsylvania, and his son, David Gamber.

Including her husband and parents, Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia (Nash) Dyke in 1997; and a daughter-in-law, Terry L. Nash.

The Nash family will have a private family service, per Mary’s wishes. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that memorial contributions be made to Marion General Hospice, 278 Barks Rd. W., Marion, Ohio 43302.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion.

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