Mary J. Faith

August 12, 1946 ‒ November 01, 2017

Danville, Ohio


Mary J. Faith (Reese), 71, of Danville passed away after a brief illness Wednesday morning, November 1, 2017 at Saint Ann’s Hospital in Westerville surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Martins Ferry to the late John and Evelyn (Kelly) Crumbaker.

While in high school, Mary earned the Miss Betty Crocker Award for the Central Ohio District.  After high school, Mary passed her realtor’s exam and was a Realtor for the former Don Watson Reality in Mount Vernon. She also was a waitress for several area restaurants and worked for Patton Products in Danville.  She volunteered answering the phones at the Knox County Democratic Head Quarters.  Mary was an avid reader and shopper, priding herself with being an Amazon Prime Member. But the greatest enjoyment for Mary was spending time with her family.

Mary is survived by her children, Michael Anthony (LeShawn) Small of Mount Vernon and Jacqueline (Eric) Rutherford of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Tom, Sienna and Desi; step grandchildren, Kimberly and Karra; great grandchildren, Bentley, Kaiden, Aurelia and Avaleigh; brothers, Martin (Janet) Crumbaker of Danville and Tracy (Theresa) Crumbaker of Mount Vernon; her companion of over 20 years, Tom Reese of Danville and his daughters, Kim Reese Miller of Mansfield and Kathy (Kevin) Byers of Danville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by a daughter, Mona Jean Small; brothers, Marvin, Richard and Phillip; and sisters, Emma and Beverley.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon where a funeral service celebrating the life of Mary will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Pastor L.J. Harry officiating.  Mary will be laid to rest beside her daughter, Mona Jean in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Carmel College of Nursing, 127 South Davis Ave., Columbus, OH 43222.

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  • You will be truly missed, aunt Mary. You were a wonderfully spunky person who loved to laugh. You always made me smile, and cheered me up when I needed it. I love you.

  • When I was about 12 a family member was in the hospital. Visitors had to be at least 16 to visit, but Aunt Mary Jane was always – um – “creative”. So she gave three of us (cousins) the works – make up, hair and clothes, and we sailed right in to the hospital, passing for 16 without a second look.
    She was such a fun Aunt and I learned so much from her. My interest in Home Economic was triggered when she won the Betty Crocker Award.
    Mary Jane will be greatly missed by very many.

  • So very sorry for your terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family..

    Brian and Cassie Burson

  • Words cannot express my sincere sympathy for you during this time. My heart aches with sadness for the loss of our wonderful Aunt. Mary Jane was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

  • All my sympathy to the family and friends of Mary J., she was a joy to be around and brought good feelings and laughter to everyone she came in contact with. May God bless and keep her in this her final journey.

  • Some of my fondest memories revolve around my teen years and exploits with Mary Jane. She was so creative and full of ideas. I also fondly remember when she “ran away” and came to Jacksonville to live with me. It was a grand time but after less than a week she decided the “big city” was not for her and returned to Ohio. My heart aches with sadness. My deepest condolences to family and friends. Aunt Mary Jane will be missed and in our hearts forever.

  • How sad I am to hear, that such a kind and dear person has passed away. I am so glad I got to see Mary just a few days ago. My heart just breaks for you Tom and all of your family. My thoughts and prayer go out to all who have known and loved Mary. May God Bless you all with warm thoughts and happy memories. Mary will forever be in my heart. My condolences and prayers go out to you.

  • Sorry to hear of her passing. May God help you find comfort in the many memories of times you’ve shared.