Mary Margaret Linton Layer Meese

October 12, 1928 ‒ March 10, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Mary Margaret Linton Layer Meese, of Bellville, passed away Sunday March 10, 2019 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.  The daughter of George and Hazel (Hempfield) Linton she was born October 12, 1928 in Lexington.  She graduated from Bellville High School in 1946.  Mary worked at Hursh Drug in Bellville her senior year and a few months after marriage.

She married Robert Layer on March 9, 1947 in Washington D.C. From this marriage Mary and Bob had two daughters, Belinda “Linda” Layer Stoffer and Winnie Layer Barnett.  Bob died on June 23, 1986.

In 1955 she was asked to return to work at Hursh Drug as a pharmacy tech, retiring in 1989.

Mary married Joseph Meese on February 17, 1990 and he died less than seven years later on January 20, 1997.  She spent most of her years living in Bellville except for two preschool years in Killbuck, Ohio and one year in Washington D.C.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville.  Mary volunteered for the Ohio Genealogical Society for many years and with two husbands, was a part of numerous western square dance groups.

Survivors: daughters Linda (Doug) Stoffer of Shiloh and Winnie (George) Barnett of Butler; grandchildren Scott Stoffer (Heidi Zucker), Debbie Rumery, Chris Stoffer, Jason (Teresa) Barnett, and Brandy (Jared) Freitag; great-grandchildren Preston Rumery, Chandler Barnett, Caden Freitag, Peyton Freitag and Addalynn Freitag; step-daughter Janet Morris of Virginia and stepson-in-law Larry Foster of Cincinnati; brother and sister-in-law Wallace (Kay) Linton of Arizona as well as many caring nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Kenneth (Joan) Linton, sister Margery (Lowell) Gottfried, and stepdaughter Jeanne Foster.

Mary’s family will receive friends Thursday evening March 14, 2019 from 4-7pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin Friday at 11 am.  The Rev. Daniel Cammarn will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Bellville/Jefferson Township Rescue Squad may be made through the funeral home.

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  • I’m sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort during this difficult time with family and friends. May God’s love and tender mercy give you comfort during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

  • Mary and I had many good times together growing up. We were best friends throughout school and the years remaining. I had the pleasure of working beside her at the pharmacy in high school. What fun we had. She will be sorely missed.

  • Mary was a dear person who shared relatives with me. I enjoyed our friendship very much. I have a picture of my Great-Grandmother Sarah Jane Sheridan Elliott Hempfield, which Mary brought to me. I will miss her. We both love Genealogy, and have had a few laughs over those wayward Elliott women we claim as ancestors. May God comfort her family. Sara Elliott Hurst, McConnelsville, Ohio.

  • We remember Mary when she worked at Hursh Drug store and from our church- St. Paul Lutheran. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May God surround you with his love and tender care.

  • I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your mother as a kind and helpful person at Hursh Drug Store. May God comfort you during this time of grieving.

  • On behalf of the entire membership of the Richland County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, we offer our sincere condolences to Mary’s family and friends. She was a staunch and long-time supporter of our organization and an avid genealogist. Almost by definition, a genealogist values her family; and we recognize the sorrowful loss that her family is enduring at this time.