Mary Jo Eberwine

February 22, 1935 ‒ April 11, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Mary Josephine “Mary Jo” (Talbot) Eberwine, age 83, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in the presence of loving family members.

Mary Jo was born on February 22, 1935 in Baltimore, Maryland the daughter of Homer and Ella (DeLong) Talbot. She was raised in Coshocton, Ohio where she met and married her husband of 64 years Paul Eberwine. Mary Jo received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Pikeville, Kentucky and her Masters of Education from Bowling Green University. Mary Jo and Paul lived in San Antonio, Germany, Columbus and Newark before settling in Mount Vernon in 1962.

Mary Jo was a devoted educator and advocate for individuals with disabilities having served as a teacher at New Hope School for over 25 years, after which she became Superintendent of New Hope Schools and Industries. Among her many accomplishments was the hard work in helping pass the levy to build the new school building for New Hope, creating the client work program and working tirelessly for the New Hope clients, helping them to live and enjoy fulfilling lives.

Mary Jo was known for wit and unrelenting loyalty. Those who knew and loved Mary Jo will sadly miss her insights, drive and strength. She was a devoted wife and mother that cherished her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Eberwine of Mount Vernon; her children, Paula Jo (Martin) Blubaugh of Danville and James “Jim” (Joan-Marie) Eberwine of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Brock (Robin Barrett) Blubaugh of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Paul Eberwine and Grace Eberwine both of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by twin grandsons, Brad and Brett Blubaugh.

The family has held a private graveside service. The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Mary Josephine (Talbot) Eberwine.

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  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Paul , Paula Jo, and Jim and their families. May Jo rest in peace. May you find comfort and strength in the love of family and friends.
    Rosemary (Durbin) McAdam

  • Paul and Family,

    I considered Mary Jo to be my best friend. She had been my boss, my friend, my sons’ god-mother, and my best friend of 40 years. My grandchildren, Byron and Brandalynn, adored her the day they visited the two of you.

    Mary Jo’s obituary doesn’t come even close to extolling all her accomplishments and virtues, but she was always one not to brag on herself.

    I will miss our almost daily telephone chats. She was a good listener and gave sage advice when requested. We had our share of disagreements over 40 years, but I feel so blessed to say that we were in a very good place the last time we talked on Good Friday.

    All I can say to the family and all who knew her is to cherish all those memories she created for each of us and she will live on in our hearts forever.

    I am proud to have called her my friend.

    God bless you and wrap you in his loving arms and comfort you.

  • I was so sorry to hear this news. My prayers for my old neighbors during this time .
    Scott Brenneman

  • Uncle Paul, Jim, and Paula Jo;
    I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Mary Jo was one of a kind. I enjoyed her sense of humor. Her legacy is her family and the importance and support of education. I am so sorry I couldn’t be there for the service – my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Paula Jo and Jim

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I remember her from the neighborhood on Beckley Road. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.