Mary Rinehart Ward

February 09, 1904 ‒ January 22, 2003

Mt. Gilead, Ohio

Mary Rinehart Ward, 98, formerly of Buckeye Lane, Mt. Gilead, Ohio, died Wednesday, January 22, 2003 in the Florida Hospital in Sebring, FL.

She resided in Morrow County for most of her life, where she was born on Feb. 9, 1904, the daughter of the late O. F. and Myra Herron Rinehart. She graduated from Mt. Gilead High School in 1921, Edison Normal School, and Ashland College.

Mary’s teaching experiences in Morrow County spanned nearly 46 years, starting with a one-room school in Chesterville in 1922. She also taught at Washington School in Chester Twp., West Miller School near Williamsport, and Johnsville School, until completing her teaching career as a first grade teacher at the Mt. Gilead Cherry Street School, retiring in 1968.

Mary was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she was Chairman of the Worship Committee for over 30 years, and UMW. Other memberships include Delta Kappa Gamma, Senior Progress Club, Morrow County Retired Teachers Association, the Silver Twig at Morrow County Hospital, Mothers Forum, the Morrow County Red Cross Board, the Burgoyne Chapter #178 of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Mt. Gilead Free Public Library Board of Trustees.

She is survived by three daughters Anna Mary Cronenwett of Sebring, FL, Virginia Young of Odessa, TX, and Myra Jo Beach of Aberdeen, MD; a daughter-in-law Marilyn Ward of Plant City, FL; 11 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and several great great grandchildren.

Her husband Clifford D. Ward, whom she married on May 28, 1924, preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 1973. A son William Ward, a brother Joseph Rinehart and sisters Lenore Rinehart and Gayle Patzer also preceded her in death.

Friends may call at the Snyder Funeral Home in Mt. Gilead on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Rev. Bruce Hartley and Rev. Gerald Kalb will conduct funeral services in Trinity United Methodist Church on Monday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family at