Mary Terry

May 16, 1929 ‒ February 04, 2020

Warsaw, Indiana
Formerly of Lexington, Ohio

Long-time Mansfield resident, Mary Eloise (Vanderbilt) Terry, age 90, stepped peacefully into heaven the evening of February 4th, 2020, from her home at Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, IN.

Mary was born the youngest of three children, to E. Lee & Louise (Witzky) Vanderbilt in Lexington, OH on May 16th, 1929. She was salutatorian of the Lexington High School class of 1947 and attended Kent State University where she received her teaching certificate in elementary education. While at Kent State a handsome young man named Donald Terry caught her eye, and the two were married April 29th, 1951.

Donald was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and Mary began teaching in Ravenna, OH. Following his tour in the Army, Donald and Mary moved to Lexington, OH and then to Ashland, as Donald finished his education at Ashland University. After the birth of their second child, the couple moved to Mansfield where Mary would raise her boys and occasionally substitute teach.

The most defining moment of Mary’s life was coming to faith in Jesus Christ as a young girl. Settling into marriage and motherhood was a catalyst for a renewed faith, and as her children grew, she purposed to see that they too were exposed to the Gospel and raised in a Christian home. After her children were grown, she and Donald were active members of the Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church.

She is survived by her two sons and their wives: Jeffrey and Deidre of Fleming Island, FL; David and Denise of Warsaw, IN; grandchildren Brenna Louise McGovern, presently stationed in Rota, Spain with her husband Ryan; Samuel Eugene Terry, a junior at the University of North Florida; and, Daniel Lee Terry, a junior at Purdue University; and a great-granddaughter, Ainsley Belle McGovern, born July 10th, 2019.

Mary is reunited in death with her husband Donald, of 59 years (2010), granddaughter Emily Nicole Terry (1994), her sister Genevieve (Vanderbilt) Burgoon, her brother Robert Vanderbilt, and a multitude of family and friends.

Her family will receive friends from 4-7 pm Wednesday, February 12th at Snyder Funeral Home (2553 Lexington Ave, Mansfield, OH 44904) where a funeral service honoring her life will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, February 13th, officiated by Pastor Les Vnasdale. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery. Contributions to Grace Village or Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church may be brought or sent to the funeral home.

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  • Mary was a friend to many of us at Grace Village. We will miss her. She was not here very long but loved by many. Gene Walker

  • All of you have my most sincere sympathy. I really miss her and know all of you do too. We can all take comfort in knowing where she is. Praise the Lord she was ready to meet Him.

  • Mary has always been a real encouragement to me as she lived her life in a positive way through the good and great times and the rough times that come to all of us. Her faith in the fact that God would take care of everything in HIS way and HIS time because GOD was her personal Lord and Savior carried me through some very difficult times. There were many times that she stayed strong when others would have buckled under the pressure without that faith. To me she was a real example of strength and faith. She always encouraged me, as a younger mother, to stay the course and God would take care of the rest. He did and HE has done just that in my life. Thank you dear Mary. Your FAITH IS NOW SIGHT!