Mary M. Garn

January 11, 1948 ‒ September 02, 2016

Howard, Ohio
Formerly of Chesaning, Michigan

Mary M. Garn, age 68, of Howard, OH, formerly of Chesaning MI, passed away on Friday, September 02, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on January 11, 1948 in Saginaw, MI, to the late Frank and Shirley (Gay) Heise. 

Mary retired from Nationwide Insurance working as a Systems Analyst.  Her main passion was being a housewife and caring for her family.   Mary attended New Life Community Church in Fredericktown.  She loved living in the country and being surrounded by nature.  Mary enjoyed going on hunting and fishing trips and being the “camp mother”.  She will always be remembered as being very supportive and hospitable to her friends and family.   

She is survived by her husband, James Garn; children, Krista Smith, Erik (Heather) Garn and Larry Yates; grandchildren, Amber Smith, Makenna and Wyatt Garn; a sister, Sheri Garrison and a niece, Katrina Garrison.   

Besides her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her son-in-law, Cliff Smith.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Mary M. Garn.    


  • She is no longer in pain and is being a “camp mom” in heaven. May God comfort your family during this time of sorrow.

  • Mary was a joy to all who knew her. She always had a smile and a was a gracious host. She will be sorely missed.

  • Mary you will be very much missed. You pleasantness and yet strong will was a blessing to all. I appreciate your love for this country and for people.

  • Mary was a true American patriot and I will always think of her with a smile on her face. I enjoyed talking with her about our mutual love of northern Michigan and our country. She will be missed!

  • Krista and Amber,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Mothers/ grandmothers are such a special treasure. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • I am so happy Mary and I were able to meet in Michigan last fall. My old high school buddy and I closed the restaurant with our extended visit. There are many memories of over night visits, trips up north and pj parties in High School. Well dear friend, rest in peace, may love and light be with you.
    Love, shirley

  • Although I only knew Mary a short time she made a huge impression on me. Probably the sweetest person I have ever met I will never forget knowing you. Love you, RIP sweet lady.

  • To the family of Mary Martha:
    My deepest condolences & sympathy for your loss
    Mary Martha and I ‘walked’ together at both 8th grade
    promotion and High School graduation. She really will
    be missed. God Bless you all. R.I.P. good friend.

  • I have strong memories of her still today. Sorry and sad for you guys. She was truly a great lady, mom and wife!!

  • In the short time I knew her, Mary left me with a wonderful example of what it meant to be a mother, a wife, a friend, a woman. I will never forget. Thank you Mary. I will keep you in my heart until I see you again. I wish I had better words to express my sympathy for the loss her family feels. I know they meant everything to her and she would have done anything in her power to shield them from this pain. The strength of her love crosses the boundaries of death and lives on in you.

  • Mary’s laughter would fill the aisles at Nationwide. Her positive nature and wonderful smile could light up any room. We loved to hear stories of her adventures camping and activities at the house.
    She will truly be missed, as she was so loved on earth. May loving memories ease your pain during this difficult time.

  • To Mary’s family! I worked with Mary at Nationwide and what a great person! She loved her family and always shared grandchildren stories ! I am so sorry for your loss I know she will be missed!

  • JimGarn and family. You know how much I loved Mary, I still can’t understand it. I left two messages at furenal home including my e mail address. I would like to know the cicumstnces. Jim , I know you heart hurts as mine does. Unfortunately I’m on my last journies. Body all busted up, Dsibeates has me not walking. deaf if both ears from accident n farm Please give my sympathies to Kristi, Sherri, And Eric/ Pease don’t forget me. Ken McMahan God Bless

    Still no furenal arrangements noted. Did friend from Swizerl and get notived.

    My family hasn’t stopped e mail me.. At least the ones that are still alive I can’t her calls or understand messages. Please write me.


  • If e mail is not published Jim will not be able to reach me. Gal at funeral home told me last Sunday that she would get it to Jim.

    GOD has a new ANGEL, I hope she doesn’t forget me.