Mary Jane Vail

January 11, 1925 ‒ July 03, 2017

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Mary Jane Vail, age 92, of Mount Gilead, passed away Monday morning, July 3, 2017, at Willow Brook at Delaware Run.

On January 11, 1925, Mary Jane was born in Cleveland, OH, the only child of the late Earl E. and Isabel (Gill) Williams.  She graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1942.

Mary Jane married Alan Leroy Vail on December 17, 1944 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Gilead.  They shared over 38 years together as husband and wife before he preceded her in death on May 2, 1983.

Mary Jane and Alan built and ran the Northgate Trailer Park in Mount Gilead for many years.  She also assisted him with his Marathon Oil distribution business.

She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and a Worthy Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star.

In her spare time, Mary Jane enjoyed playing cards, golfing, bowling and reading.

Mary Jane will be dearly missed by two sons: James A. (Connie)Vail of Centerville, OH, Richard E. (Celia) Vail of Delaware, OH; three grandchildren: James (Erin) Vail of Jacksonville, FL, Cherry (Jonathan) Gomez-Rivera of San Diego, CA, Benjamin (Christina) Vail of Columbus; and a great grandchild, Ari Gomez-Rivera.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mary Jane was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Linda Jane Vail; and a son, Brian Lee Vail.

Mary Jane’s family will greet friends from 10:00 a.m – 12Noon on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will be held there at 12 Noon with Pastor Jeff Canankamp officiating.  Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mary Jane’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215 or at

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Mary Jane’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • To all of Mary Jane’s family: Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the death of dear Mary Jane. She was a neat lady, always so friendly, and always so proud of her family. May God bless you through the days ahead.

  • Family of Mary Jane A very sweet lady. I met her playing bridge. I missed seeing her. She always had that special smile as the picture showed. Even with the heartaches she was always pleasant . May our Lord comfort you.

  • Mary Jane was a classy Lady. She often came in the office just to visit. She was one of my favorites. So sorry for your loss.

  • Sincerely sorry for your loss. How exciting it will be when in the near future we will be reunited with our dead loved ones! It is guaranteed to happen by our loving Creator at John 5:28,29. God understands what if feels like to lose a loved one. He lost his dear son who died that we might live. May the words of 1 Peter 5:7 comfort you as God reminds us that he cares for us.