Mary Lou Newcome

March 25, 1928 ‒ June 22, 2009

Cardington, Ohio

Our wife, best friend, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother went home on June 22, 2009.

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:10-12.

Mary Lou Newcome, age 81, of Cardington died Monday June 22, 2009 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus after a 2 ½ year battle with ALS.

She was born on March 25, 1928 in Akron, Ohio the daughter of the late William S. and Hazel M. (Lake) Stouffer.

It was on a fall day as a young junior high student when Mary Lou’s life would change forever. She met James Newcome and he knew immediately there was something very special about her. They later attended a hay ride and hot dog roast together and from that day forward they would be best friends. For over 60 years they have lived a full, wonderful life together. They were best friends until the end.

Mary Lou was a graduate of Kent State University High School in the class of 1946.

She was a proud mother and homemaker. Mary Lou kept an immaculate home and her financial record keeping could not be matched. Everything she did was planned and meticulously thought out. Her notes and scrapbooks would amaze you with the detail of past events. She was described as “the only woman who knew what she was eating for dinner when she woke up that morning”. Her cooking was delicious, from beans and ham to pot roast and Mary Lou made the “best brown gravy in the world!”.

While Mary Lou was described as very frugal, her daughter recalls always receiving the best.

Mary Lou and James loved all things historical and tried to pass the importance of such things on to their children. Her husband fondly recalls vacationing to various historical and architectural sites throughout the country. Specifically, Native American battle grounds, homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright, and Cape Cod, New England.

Music was an extremely important part of her life as well. She could play the piano by ear and was well schooled in music theory. Mary Lou’s love of music was diverse, ranging from big band, to Perry Como, to traditional hymns. Amazingly, she also tapped danced and did so until her health no longer allowed her to do so.

In her very sparse free time she enjoyed doing picture and word puzzles. Mary Lou’s mind was extremely active and she constantly had to keep it busy.

She was a member of the Harmony Chapel United Methodist where she was a member of their choir. She and James also participated in the Hicks & Chicks Square Dance Club.

Mary Lou was very gregarious and struggled most when her speech left her. She loved to visit, whether it was at her home or at the grocery store. That jovial personality meshed well with her giving personality.

She will be missed by her husband James and their two children Mary Lou Dowalter of Cardington and James “Jim” Newcome Jr. of Mount Gilead; 4 grandchildren John Atwell of Cardington, Jeremy Dowalter of Mount Gilead, Shane Bolding of Virginia, and Quaid Newcome of Fredericktown; 6 great grandchildren Brandon Atwell, Izabella Wilson-Dowalter, Mikayla Dowalter, Kiara Skaggs, and Atlee and Penelope Dowalter; sisters-in-law Betty Stouffer of Ravenna, Ohio and Donna Hanna of Stow, Ohio; and numerous cousins.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Robert Stouffer.

Friends may call on the family on Thursday June 25, 2009 from 5-8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 South Main Street, Mount Gilead. You may also call one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be held on Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church of Brimfield, 1235 Tallmadge Road, Kent, Ohio 44240 with Rev. Curt Bissell offiating. Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions, if desired, may be made to ALS Society, 1170 Old Henderson Road Ste. 221, Columbus, Ohio 43220, or Local Habitat, P.O. Box 341, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338.

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