Mary R. Chipman- Van Horn

October 19, 1935 ‒ May 22, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Mary R. Chipman-Van Horn, age 80, of Mount Gilead, passed away Sunday morning, May 22, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on October 19, 1935, in Scotch Ridge, OH, to the late Ralph D. and Marguerite (March) Wallace. Mary graduated from Webster High School and later earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Education.

Mary married her first love, Charles B. Chipman. After Charles passed away, Mary found love again when she married William Van Horn, whom preceded her in death.

For many years, Mary worked for the Morrow County Extension office as a Home Economics Agent, as well as, for the Mount Gilead School system as the Home Economics Teacher. Later in life, Mary took great pride and joy in owning and operating the “Little Red Pre-School” on Bank Street. When Mary wasn’t tending to the needs of her “kids” she could be found cooking and sewing various items.

She will be missed by her children: Charles “Brian” (Tasia) Chipman Jr. of Columbus, Earl H. (Tina) Chipman of Skipwith, VA, Ellen Elizabeth Chipman of Centerburg, William (Lynn) Van Horn Jr., and Stanley (Priscilla) Van Horn; grandchildren: Ashley Elizabeth Chipman, Kate Weinert, Andrea Stimac, Stephanie Hanning; three great grandchildren; and a sister, Ann Hayward.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and brothers: Roy, Dave, and George Wallace.

Family will greet friends from 10 to 11 AM on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead. Services honoring her life will follow at 11 AM, with Rev. Deb Bowsher officiating. Burial will be held privately at Rivercliff Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio Chapter or the First Presbyterian Church.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Mary’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Mary was a great friend and teacher. I will sorely miss her. I know she was frustrated because her disease took away all the things she loved to do. Now she is blessed to be with God.
    My sincere sympathy to Brian, Earl, and Ellen.

  • Ms Mary touched my life decades ago, but I will never forget her. She was an active part in so many people’s lives. That is what I learned from her – to give back. Chipman and VanHorn families, I’m truly sorry for your loss; but she is free now.

  • To all of Mary’s family: She touched the lives of so many. We are better because we knew her. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead.

  • I have so many fond memories of Mary. First with my involvement with 4-H and then with her friendship with my family. When I became a young adult I considered her a friend and enjoyed seeing her when I was home visiting my mother.

  • Brian, Earl and Ellen,
    Your Mother was a great influence on so many people including mine. She was a great leader in the 4_H program in Morrow County where she helped in expanding my love of sewing. Later after returning to Mt. Gilead it was my privilege to work with her on many church dinners and committees. She was a great influence on many children with her child care and also at Whetstone.
    My husband and I are very sorry we will not be able to attend her services.
    All of you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mary held a class on tailoring for four of us when we were in high school. Cindy (Dix) Hershner, Beverly (Wood) Schroeder, Joyce (Linder) Rausch and I went to her house weekly to learn how to make a wool coat. At the time she had three young children, with Ellen being just two. Mary took a great amount time to make sure we did everything perfectly. As Karen said, Mary had a big impact on a lot of girls’ lives.

  • We met Mary 49 years age when we moved to Mt. Gilead. Merrill got to know her as a colleague and friend when she taught at MGHS. Jane took an evening sewing class from her and made a beautiful coat with bound buttonholes. Brian, you were one of Merrill’s amazing students. He had to remind himself that you are visually impaired. Mary invited us over to see the awesome coffee table that you made for her. Miss Mary was a big part of our grandchildren’s lives as they attended the Little Red Schoolhouse.
    You have our sympathy and our prayers. We regret that we are unable to come to the services today due to illness.
    Merrill & Jane Brucker