Mary Marie Goff

May 09, 1928 ‒ May 03, 2013

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Mary Marie Goff, of Mount Gilead went to be with her husband and Lord and Savior, Friday morning, May 3rd, 2013, at Woodside Village following an extended illness. She was just about to be 85 years old.

On May 9, 1928, Mary was born in Marion, Ohio, one of four children of the late Hollis H. and Esther Paulinea (Bauldauf) Hines. Losing her mother at the age of 9, she moved to Mount Gilead, where she was raised by wonderful foster parents, Walter and Retha Showers. She also graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1946.

Just before graduating, Mary married the love of her life, Ernest “Posey” Goff, on May 26, 1946. Together they lovingly raised four children and shared over 57 wonderful years of marriage. A piece of her has been missing since he died on March 10, 2004.

For over 30 years, Mary was well known for working at Geyer’s Market in their meat department, where was very dedicated until she retired. Prior to Geyer’s, she had also worked at the HPM Corporation and Taylor’s Restaurant.

In addition to being a loving homemaker, Mary was Posey’s right hand on their mini farm, helping in any way she was needed. To help her family make ends meet, Mary made use of everything that came from the farm, churning their own butter, she canned their own vegetables to enjoy all year long. She even milked the cows and plucked the chickens.

A wonderful cook, no one ever left Mary’s house hungry. As soon as you walked in the door, her first question was always “Can I get you something to eat?” She made countless things her family loved, with some of their favorites being her potato salad, beef and noodles, homemade cinnamon rolls and homemade bread.

Most important of all to Mary was her family. She loved “to be together”, and be surrounded by her beloved family.

Such a sweet and caring woman, Mary always made it a point to be friendly with everyone, always having a kind word to say and taking the time to at least say “hello”. Selfless, she always put the needs of her family and friends before her own. There wasn’t a day that went by that her family didn’t know just how much she loved them.

She will be dearly missed by her three children: Judy Cook of Columbus, Nancy (Mike) Bachelder, and Mike (Dotty) Goff, both of Mount Gilead; a daughter-in-law, Karen Goff of Caledonia; five grandchildren: Lisa Brewer, Rusty Goff, Benjamin (Katie) Goff, Casey Goff, and Kurtis (Lauren) Goff; two great-grandchildren: Olivia and Jessica Brewer, with two on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Mary was preceded in death by her son, Richard “Dick” Goff; a grandson, Jim Goff; three brothers: Lester (Betty) Hines, Richard Hines and Ralph Hines.

Services of celebration for Mary’s life will be held on her birthday, Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at her graveside in Shauck Cemetery (S.R. 42) in Johnsville. Friends are welcome to join in this celebration.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve Mary’s family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting