Mary Jane Jesson

February 10, 1929 ‒ June 27, 2020

Glen Carbon, Illinois
Formerly of Lexington, Ohio


LEXINGTON:  Mary Jane Jesson was a kind, gentle and unassuming woman.  Her perseverance and contentment were life lessons that taught that grace and beauty come from a quiet dignity.

Mary Jane passed into the Lord’s care Saturday, June 27, 2020 at  Eden Village Care Center in Glen Carbon, IL, following a seven-year trial with Alzheimer’s.  She was 91.

Born February 10, 1929,  in Galion, OH to Arlow and Mary Eva (Miles) Stull, she was graduated from Lexington High School.  A lifelong Lexington area resident, Mary Jane married Roger Gordon Jesson in 1957.  They were married 25 years.  She lived in the remodeled Wolfe School house, where her mother attended school and where Mary Jane grew up.  She loved nature, animals and gardening.  Mary Jane loved to bake, and her lemon meringue pies were family favorites.

She was a longtime member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church, and had been active with Lexington Presbyterian Women.

She is survived by daughters Lori J. Dunbar & Doug Dunbar of Glen Carbon, IL, and Ann Jesson-Scott & Greg Scott of Westerville, OH  granddaughters Elizabeth Dunbar Turner & Matt Turner of Edwardsville, IL, and Katie Dunbar Wilkins & Bryce Wilkins of St. Louis, MO; great-granddaughters Genevieve Jane and Holiday Belle Turner; sister-in-laws Jeanne Stull of Richmond, KY, Eilene Jesson Bates of Corinth, MS and Nancy Jesson of Johnsville, OH.

She was preceded in death by her husband Roger G. Jesson and her beloved brother Dr. James C. Stull.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11 a.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The family will receive guests the hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Lexington Cemetery.  Contributions in her memory to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary or the Richland County Humane Society may be sent to the funeral home:  P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jesson family.  Share a message of support with them online at:  Snyder Funeral

  • Dear Ann, Lori and families, Ralph and I extend our deepest sympathies to all of you. Although it’s been some years since we saw Aunt Maryjane, she won’t be forgotten. I have only good memories of the times we visited her when I was younger and then when Ralph and I visited later on. We remember her living in the old school house and how impressed we were with it. She was truly a lovely lady and she will be missed. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time. All our special love, Jenn and Ralph Hayward

  • Lori and Ann, I am so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. She was a wonderful lady. I have so many fond memories of her. You are all in my prayers

  • Ann, so sorry to read this. Your mom is resting in peace. Prayers for you and your sister.


  • Lori and Ann,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I hadn’t seen her since my parents moved to Florida in 1979, but I remember your parents fondly from church when my family went to “the Presby” in Lexington. My mom and yours were good friends, as well as cousins, before my mom went to be with the Lord in 2005. Your uncle Jim and his wife visited me and my husband here in Florida a few years before he died, and we compared old Stull photos, as we both were “into genealogy”.

    If you ever get to Florida, please look me up; my husband Bruce and I live in Mims, near the Kennedy Space Center. My sister Bonnie lives in Winter Haven, near Lakeland.

    May our Heavenly Father comfort you in your time of grief, as we look forward to the day when we will all be together with Him in glory.