Mary Jean Myers

August 06, 1928 ‒ August 20, 2009

Ashland, formerly of Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE – Mary Jean Myers, 81, passed away August 20, 2009, at Lutheran Village, Ashland, Ohio, after an extended illness.

She was born August 6, 1928 in Newark, Ohio to Lawrence and Paula Moser Bell, later moving with her parents and two older brothers, Gordon and James, to Columbus, Ohio at about one year of age, where she resided until she was married.

Mary Jean graduated from Columbus South High School in 1946. She was captain of the Bulldog Cheerleaders and a member of the school’s Kennel Club. After graduation she worked at Our Times Weekly Reader in Columbus, collecting and reporting labor expenses for the company.

In 1950, she met Jack S. Myers at a YMCA dance and they were married on September 29, 1950 at the home of her parents. The couple lived in Columbus while Jack finished college at Ohio State University. In 1953 they moved to Mansfield, living on Third Street. In 1956, and three children later, they moved to Bellville; into a home that Jack built on top of a hill on Ritter Road. Residing there the rest of their married lives until Jack preceded her in death in January 2001, a few months after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. She was also a member of the South Main Street United Methodist Church in Mansfield.

Besides being a homemaker, she gardened, taught Sunday school, was a parent advisor for the church youth group and kept very busy hauling her children back and forth to music lessons, music concerts, band practices, sporting events, 4-H and other club meetings, for which her children will be eternally grateful.

In 1965, Mary Jean and Jack purchased a farm, which they named “Rivers Fork”, at the corner of Mock Road and St. Rt. 97 and began raising registered Polled Herefords. They were also members of the state Buckeye Polled Hereford Association with Mary Jean being a Pollette Director, 1971-73 and a member of the 1976 Bi-Centennial Ohio State Fair Polled Hereford committee. Polled Herefords were one of her “greatest” loves, even though she was a “city” girl. This “love” eventually evolved into a new business for Mary Jean, selling Trail bologna and homemade beef jerky at a Farmer’s Market in Mansfield for 13 years. Most of her time and energy in her later years was spent in protecting their farm, outside of Bellville, from a wildlife and scenic river project, a sewer assessment from the city, a hazardous waste dump and a bike trail.

She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Lynn Koerber and husband Bernie of Fort Worth, TX and Kathleen Louise Oldfather and husband Robert of Macy, IN; son, Thomas Stanley Myers of Ashland; two grandchildren Jennifer Keener and husband Colby of Maryland Heights, MO and Jeremy Oldfather of Bloomington, IN; a brother-in-law Les Myers; four sisters-in-law Jean Myers, Mary Ann Myers, Kay Myers and Doris Bell; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nephews and grand nieces.

In addition to her husband, Jack, she was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Paula Bell; her husband’s parents, Emory and Gertrude Myers; two brothers, Gordon and Jim Bell; one grand daughter Melissa Oldfather; sister-in-law Nikki Bell; two brothers-in-law Roger Myers and Douglas Myers.

Friends may call on Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 12-2pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held at 2pm following visitation. Pastor Douglas Lang will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

The family prefers memorial contributions, which can be made at the funeral home, to Hospice of North Central Ohio or to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

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Mary Jean was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to all….she will be greatly missed.