Mary Jo (Ansley) Bowman

December 31, 1937 ‒ April 01, 2021

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Mary Jo (Ansley) Bowman, age 83, of Mount Gilead, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, April 1, 2021, at her residence surrounded by the love of her family.

Mary Jo was born on December 31, 1937, in Marion, to Wilber “Dwight” and Catherine E. (Shoemaker) Ansley who preceded her in death. In 1956, Mary Jo graduated from Mount Gilead High School and later went on to study accounting at Marion Technical College.

She worked at HPM as the secretary in their service department for several years and for more than 20 years Mary Jo was happily employed with EDCO Drilling Company. Mary Jo also worked for ExhibitPro where she would retire from.

Mary Jo had two daughters, Karen and Sharon, from a previous marriage to the late John W. Bachelder. The girls and Mary Jo enjoyed many mother/daughter outings and trips together over the years. On September 21, 1991, Mary Jo married Max C. Bowman who preceded her in death on December 23, 2011. Together they shared nearly 20 years of marriage.

Mary Jo had a heart of gold and loved to serve her community. While a member of First Baptist Church, Mary Jo served as a trustee and on the search committee. She also enjoyed singing in the choir. Mary Jo was a member of Beta Progress, Red Hat Society, Silver Sneakers, and played cards in a few bridge clubs. Her service also included sitting on the Red Cross Board, the Library Board, and volunteering with both Hospice and Heartbeat of Morrow County. Mary Jo and Max enjoyed dancing in the Hicks and Chicks square and round dance club.

With a sense of adventure and a love to travel, Mary Jo enjoyed traveling the United States and camping. She traveled to her daughter’s home in Florida each winter to enjoy a month or two in the sunshine. Some of her favorite trips were to Yellowstone, Durango, and flying over the Grand Canyon. Mary Jo and Max also enjoyed a cruise to Alaska. Her daughters remember their mom buying a “pop up” camper when they were young. Mary Jo took them on many camping outings to places like Old Man’s cave, Lake Erie and the state parks across Ohio.

Mary Jo was a wonderful homemaker and always tended to the needs of her family. She was an avid baker and cook. Mary Jo loved to host her family for special occasions and was a big contributor to meals at the church as well. Outside the home, she enjoyed gardening. She was also extremely talented in sewing and an excellent seamstress. Mary Jo was honored to make the wedding dresses for both of her girls.

Left to cherish her memory includes her daughters: Karen (Michael) Kurilec and Sharon (Craig) Hackworth both of Mount Gilead; step-children and their families: Raymond (Doris) Bowman of Wooster, Brad (Trudy) Bowman of Montana, and Vikki (Stephan) Leasure of Ashland; grandchildren: Brenna (Ryan) Ball, Tanner (Kristen) Kurilec, Joey (Chelsea-fiancée) Hackworth, and Cody Hackworth; a brother and his family, Thomas (Kathy) Ansley of Springfield; and a wonderful friend who provided great support, Ken Bendle.

Her family will greet friends from 10 to 11 AM, on Monday, April 5, 2021, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338) A service to celebrate her life will follow at 11 AM with Pastor Stephan Bloomfield officiating. Burial will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County or the First Baptist Church of Mount Gilead.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Mary Jo’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Sending prayers to everyone,she will be missed dearly by all that that knew her.she was a very special Ma.i will miss our visits on the phone.i loved her so very you Ma!

  • Karen & Sharon,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was so kind, loving and a gentle spirit. She tolerated many crazy sleepovers growing up & always invited us back 🙂
    May you find peace in all she gave and hold tight to memories.

  • Sincere condolences to Karen and Sharon and families. We have many memories we shared with Mary Jo over the years. She was a wonderful friend. Sincerely Dale & Jane Rathburn

  • Karen, Mike and family,
    We are sending our sincere condolences to all. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet your mom and enjoy her company in Florida on a few occasions.
    She will truly be missed!
    May your happy memories bring you peace,
    Love and prayers,
    Derek and Carol

  • Wilma Reed of Silver Sneakers Exercise. I am sending my Condolences to the family . She will be missed in our Exercise Circle.She always had a kind heart and a smile for all of us. Our memories of her will always be with us. She was such a Dear Friend to all of us. Love and Prayers.

  • Karen & Sharon – I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I so much enjoyed all the times we would run into each other and just talk about everything. I really thought a lot of your mom. Keep all your memories close to your hearts. She loved you girls so much and enjoyed the trips you all went on. Love to you both and to your families❤️

  • Sharon & Craig: I only worked with Mary Jo for a short time, but even still I quickly knew she was a special, sweet lady, and I was glad to know her. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  • Dear family of MARY JO I knew of your Mother when she lived in Cardington.. About five years ago when she was a sub in our bridge group. She was special . I enjoyed visiting with her while playing cards. My prayer is that you will be comforted by your memories.

  • Sweet precious Mary Jo. Always such a loyal faithful friend. She will always be in my heart. Never Forgotten. Her light and love was so beautiful ❤️ My sympathy to Karen and Shsron how blessed you were to have her as your mother. Praying for all of you .

  • Sending lots of love and prayers to Mary Jo’s daughters and families as well as Vikki,Ray and Brad Mary Jo meant alot to me Chris and Courtney She was a Beautiful woman with a heart of gold.She will be dearly missed.God Bless and keep you all during this time. Love always Stacy,Christopher Bowman and Courtney & Coben Lipscomb.

  • So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a very sweet lady and we sang in choir together at church. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

  • Karen, Sharon & Family,
    Mary Jo was a wonderful friend an will be missed by many. I pray God will give
    you peace & comfort. The last time I talked to your Mom I told her we would see
    each other in Heaven. What a blessed time that will be. I know she in with her Jesus.
    God Bless & Keep you.
    Neil & Jane (Andrews) Benson

  • So sorry to hear this she was a lady had a heart of gold,:) Always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone, anytime. Prayers for all of you From Joe,Debora & Chris , Lloyd

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I went to Silver Sneakers with Mary Jo. She was always so pleasant. She will be missed.

  • So sorry for your loss
    Mary Jo was sweet caring lady
    A blessing to our church
    We will miss her smiles

    Barbara and Rick Moore

  • Sincere condolences to Mary Jo’s family. She was such a Godly example of what a caring and compassionate Christian looks like. We were fortunate to sit across the aisle from Mary Jo at Church for many years. We will miss her wonderful singing, weekly hugs and conversation at First Baptist. As Secretary of the Board of Trustees, she did a great job with our meetings and records. She was just a beautiful person in every way!!!
    May God Bless you all during this difficult time.

    John and Debbie

  • Karen, Sharon, and family: I just now read this and am so sorry to hear of her passing. Mary Jo was a wonderful friend and Christian. I worked with her several years at the elections. She was a great help. May all your good memories come to you just at the right time you need them. God Bless.

  • Mary Jo will be missed. We would get together about once a year for a lunch and visit as former classmates. So sorry to just hear of her passing.s

  • Tom Ansley, so sorry to hear about Mary Jo neighbors for many years ago may she rest in peace. Gods will be done. Kathy Brocklesby Rogers

  • My condolences to the family. Not only was Mary Jo accomplished she was just plain nice. I know she is square dancing with the Lord.

  • I’m sending pryers and hugs to everyone and love you all so much, she certainly was a loving caring woman who will be greatly miss

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