Mary Lou Yeager
January 05, 1927 ‒ February 11, 2015
ONTARIO: Mary Lou Yeager spoke in the language of smiles. It was the prettiest thing she wore. Her countenance was a glimpse into the spirit of a social woman, who never complained, and had a beautiful outlook on life and those she loved.
Her smile turned celestial, as Mary Lou passed into the Lord’s presence Wednesday evening February 11, 2015 from Primrose Retirement Community. She was 88.
Born January 5, 1927 in Newark to Ralph and Louise (Harmon) Stowell, Mary Lou was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1944, and attended The Ohio State University.
She was working at Fanny Farmer’s when a recently discharged Navy veteran repeatedly bought rationed candy for a friend, and later sought her out at a Sr. High-Canton McKinley football game. That Navy vet, Donald Wayne Yeager, won her hand in marriage July 11, 1946.
Mary Lou stayed home to raise her children, relationships were vital to her. She maintained old high school friendships by establishing a bridge club that she helped host over 60 years. She added bridge meetings, weekly and semi-weekly, as she found more friends and opportunities to play cards, including the Ontario Senior Citizens Center and Mansfield Liederkranz.
Once the children were raised, Mary Lou served as an Associate with Lazarus, working nearly 20 years at the Richland Mall department store.
A member of Ontario United Methodist Church, she supported her congregation with faithful attendance in worship and church activities, and was so very fond of her church family.
She and Don were avid supporters of Ontario High School athletics and together enjoyed watching The Ohio State University Buckeyes and Cleveland professional teams.
Mary Lou submitted articles of local interest to the Tribune Courier and enjoyed journaling: she kept volumes and volumes of diaries – 65 years worth – chronicling the life of a woman who will be remembered for her honesty and her genuine smile.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years Don Yeager; their daughter and son-in-law Suzanne & Ronald Smith of Pinckney, MI; a daughter-in-law Laurie Yeager of North Fort Myers, FL; grandchildren Alyssa (fiancé Richard Nieves) Yeager and Kimberlee Yeager; and her church family.
She was preceded in death by her son Jeff Yeager.
A Celebration of Mary Lou’s life in the form of a worship service will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Noon in Ontario United Methodist Church 3540 Park Avenue West, with Pastor Peg Welch presiding. Friends may call on the Yeager family from 10:30 a.m. until time for the service. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Contributions in her memory to Ontario United Methodist Church, MedCentral Hospice, or American Brain Tumor Association may be made at the memorial service or sent to the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Yeager family. Send them a message of support or sympathy and see Mary Lou’s tribute video at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com