Nancy Mally

January 26, 1938 ‒ February 01, 2020

Waldo, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

On Saturday evening, February 1, 2020, Nancy G. Mally left this world and entered Heaven to meet her Heavenly Father.  Born on January 26, 1938 in Hartford, Connecticut to Richard H. and Elena Roberts Mosher, Nancy spent her early childhood in New England before moving with her family to Worthington, Ohio.  Nancy graduated from Worthington High School in the Class of 1956, and on March 23, 1957, she married Paul G. Mally, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage.

In 1965, Nancy and Paul moved to Marion with their three sons and eventually built a home in Waldo.  Nancy earned a B.A. at The Ohio State University and later an M.A at Mt. St. Joseph University.  For 27 years, from 1970 to 1997, Nancy taught English at River Valley High School.  There was never a kinder, more compassionate soul, and her many students will agree that she was one of a kind.  Nancy, in her motherly fashion, provided not only an education in English/Language Arts but also in life.  She was always there for her students and expected much but showed them the love and attention, that was needed to help them through their difficult teenage years and to mold them into decent human beings.  A struggling student could always count on Mrs. Mally to spend extra time explaining a lesson.  Nancy could be seen at countless extra-curricular activities and was often in a supervisory position – class advisor, assistant director, etc.  She shaped the lives of many young people and was a favorite teacher during her entire career.  Her students still remember Mrs. Mally and speak fondly of her.  She never realized the incredible influence she had on so many lives.

During her career at River Valley, Nancy met and taught with Sue Mullins, who became her “partner in crime,” rescuing dogs, attending local events, vacationing, and forming a special friendship that Nancy treasured throughout her life.  Her family is grateful for Sue and for her help as Nancy’s illness progressed.

Nancy was a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church in Delaware, and her love of her Lord and Savior was evident in the way Nancy lived her life.  She poured that love into the lives of others – her husband, her children, her grandchildren, and her friends.

An important part of Nancy’s life was the time she spent with her family and friends at their cabin in Canada.  Paul and Nancy made frequent trips to Canada throughout their entire marriage and introduced their children and grandchildren to the wonders of nature.  Nancy loved the outdoors and could be found boating, swimming, fishing, or simply reading by the water.  She also loved flower gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her sister, Joan (John) Wood.  Left to treasure her memory are her husband Paul, sons Chuck (Patti), Scott, and Kevin (Lisa) Mally, grandchildren Samantha, Sarah, Jordon, Aaron, and Clayton, four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, plus countless friends and former students.

The family would like to thank the Kingston Residence memory care staff and Kindred Hospice for their help during Nancy’s illness.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 12p.m.-3p.m. with the funeral service immediately following at Snyder Funeral Home, Denzer Chapel at 360 E. Center Street in Marion with Pastor John Hart presiding.  A Celebration of Life will be held after the service at the F.O.P. lodge on Harding Highway East in Caledonia.  A private interment for the family will be held at a later date in Waldo Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for the Marion Area Humane Society (2264 Richland Rd., Marion, Ohio 43302) or the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio (1379 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43215).

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

  • Kevin, Lisa, Scott and Family,

    Wishing you peace as you mourn the loss of Nancy. I was so looking forward to introducing my mom to her. She was my English teacher of course and a wonderful, lovely person inside and out.

    Hugs to you all

  • My heart breaks for the Family..Mrs Mally was truely a gem! I don’t think I ever truely put into words how very much I appreciated her love and guidence during my 2 yrs at River Valley while in her class..Has she not been there so many times for me, I dont know where I would be now! Thank you Mrs Mally, God Bless and keep💖

  • I remember Nancy as a wonderful person and a great educator. She was a dear friend of my Mom, Maureen Shepard, who taught English with her at River Valley. My daughter loved having Nancy as a teacher. When I last saw Nancy at Kingston, she was as sweet as ever. The kingdom of heaven has welcomed her home. Prayers for all the family. Lovingly, Victoria Bell

  • To the Mally family
    Sorry to hear about your loss. She was one of my favorite teachers that I had in high school. Very kind lady willing to help anyone. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Such a precious woman to so many. I will always treasure my memories of her as one of my favorite teachers of all time. She had humor, graciousness, patience and love for her students–and she taught in such a clear, understandable way. Spending time at a desk in her classroom in the early 1980s was an honor and pleasure. Bless you Mrs. Mally and your family. My thoughts are with you all.

  • Dear Paul, Chuck, Scott, Kevin, and families,
    You know the story, but I will say it again: Nancy was my teacher, my mentor, my reason for teaching, my colleague, and especially my friend. She made an impact on countless lives here on Earth, and I have no doubt she is doing the same in Heaven. I miss her terribly, but I know we will see her again – most likely with a good book and a cup of coffee next to the water. I love you, Mom Mally!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Lisa Hollaway

  • Mrs. Mally was an amazing teacher who always had time for myself and her other students. She was one of my all-time favorite teachers. My deepest sympathies for your loss.

  • Paul and family I am so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing..our deepest sympathies to you all

  • Our deepest sympathy – what a wonderful person she was and excellent by teacher, I still have some of the English papers with her positive and encouraging comments !

    Becky Bailey Cropper
    RV Classof ‘73

  • I was deeply saddened by the loss of Mrs. Mally. She was a very special woman. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends. She will always have a place in my heart and mind. My memories at River Valley will always have her pretty face in them.

  • Your unique vision and dedication influenced mine. Your knowledge, your perspective led to a beautiful, knowledgeable and clarifying existence. Your path to the world is where I still find myself. You’ll always be the light for every step and discovery.

    My sympathy and condolence to your family and friends.

    With Love and remembrance,
    Eric Yake

  • My condolences go to the family. Mrs. Mally was definitely one of the best teachers that River Valley ever had. She displayed a mother like relationship with ber students. She was stern but I guess she had to be. Many times, I found myself seeking advice from her and she made sure I was on the straight and narrow course. You will be missed Mrs. Mally. Heaven gained a great angel and I’m sure you’ll be watching over us.

  • Paul, Chuck, Scott, Kevin and the Mally family,
    I was saddened to learn of Nancy leaving us and going to her Heavenly home. But I rejoice in knowing her struggle here is over and that she is in a glorious body and mind now.
    I had the pleasure of sharing and teaching in the first of RV’s Modular classrooms with Nancy. She was always loving and gracious with students and faculty. Everyone loved “Mom Mally”! She will be forever missed by those who knew her.
    Ron and Karen Keiser

  • She was special to me and I still think about her after more than 30 years past graduation. What an amazing teacher and kind soul. Her memory will always be cherished.

    Mrs. Mally, well done. May you be blessed.

  • If you can see her, you can be her…every little girl should be told…for the love and passion of
    any little young girls heart…is something so fantastic to behold
    The purest of any one thing, any other could see…once blessed by the shower of it, nowhere
    else will you ever wish to be
    They love without measure and live to shine the light of purity and melt the heart of any with
    doubt of how much better this world was meant to be
    Innocence in the eyes of a smile no hammer could ever break…a lifetime in every heart beat,
    only a fool could forsake.

  • Paul and family:

    Mom and I are so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. What a wonderful woman she was.

    Deepest condolences to all of you.

    Kim Baker and Nancy Kennedy

  • I am so so sorry to hear about the loss of such a great, thoughtful, caring teacher and lady. Mrs Mally was always there for everyone. I remember wondering as a teenager how she always seemed to have a smile on her face with all she did for her students. I graduated with Her son Scott . She will always be remembered. R.I.P. Mrs Mally

  • Such a truly amazing soul!! Compassionate to the nth degree. She cared for everyone she came in contact with and gave life a light. Scott, so sorry!! Prayers for your family. Love you!! R I H 💜💜💜💜💜

  • I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Mally’s passing. She was an amazing teacher that made each day in her classroom interesting, challenging, and worthwhile. I became a more thoughtful reader, better writer, and kinder person through my interactions with her. She was truly someone that improved all those around her. She will be greatly missed.

  • My sincere condolences to Paul and family. May your strong family values help you in this difficult time. Nancy was a special person.

  • My deepest sympathy to you, Paul, and family. We Reddings have been blessed by you and Nancy for all the long years of our friendship. Your dear wife will be deeply missed and I hope that you know we’d be there if we could. Praying that the service is a real and present comfort to you.

  • Paul,
    Sorry to hear of your lose of Nancy. Even though I didn’t know her,she was obviously a wonderful , caring educator and person. Prayers for peace and strength through this time.

  • Dear Paul and Family,
    So sorry to receive the news about Nancy’s passing.
    Nancy was my favorite teacher . She had the enthusiasm and understanding of how to work with her students.
    Nancy and I had many talks about life. Teaching was made for her and she was successful with it . She shined and excelled with it ,
    Rose and I are happy that she is now in a peaceful place.

    Joe and Rose Catera

  • Thinking of all of you.
    Love and respect to an endearing influence to all who were her students. Grateful to her and how she invested in our success.
    Thoughts and prayers.

  • To Mr Mally and family-
    Mrs Mally was my teacher, my mentor and a friend growing up. She was always on my mind, and steered me through much of my life in high school and through college. I was so saddened to hear of her passing, and I am deeply sorry for your loss. Know that she was a very bright star for all of us to follow, and I will never forget her guidance and love. Thank you, Mrs Mally.
    Bob Bailey and family

  • So sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.

  • My prayers go to all that loved her, especially her family at this time. I will always be grateful for Nancy Mally. She was thoughtful, kind, intelligent and more than a little magical. She taught me a lot, and shared things that were meaningful to her. She was special in so many ways, an inspiration to all that knew her. Add my name to the endless list of students that considered her “my favorite teacher” and good friend.

  • Sorry for the loss of this great woman, I always looked forward to her visits to grindstone lake

  • Dear Paul, The Mally Family & Friends —
    Nancy’s spirit of kindness; her commitment to education, & forgiveness without “strings-attached” — one of the least judgmental persons I came to know — seemed natural to her. If she didn’t have the time, she (often) made the time and (very patiently) sat with you & made you feel like you were the only person who mattered. I know this.
    Many of us do.
    May all of you always be comforted by Nancy’s example and the differences she made in your lives.
    Jeffrey A. Linardi,
    Elaine Linardi & Michael

  • Nancy was one of my dearest friends. The second summer of our acquaintance at the Lake she gave me a small plaque ‘Kindred Spirits’ and that said it all. I have greatly/missed our yearly visits but she has been often in my mind. It is with gladness that I envision her reunion with passed loved ones .My thoughts and prayers are with you today, she would want you to spend it recalling the happy memories.hugs to you all.Laurraine

  • Mrs Mally was so amazing and filled with such joy. I know it was an honor having her as a teacher and later as years went by, i really enjoyed seeing her and Ms Mullins out. My sincere condolence! Prayers to all of you. God bless you Mrs Mally ! My your heart, mind and soul rest freely.
    Trish Flaherty Reid

  • Sending our deepest condlence to Paul, Chuck, Scott and Kevin & your families.

    Marla Vance
    Debbie (Vance) & Craig H. Layne
    Darcy (Vance) & Kenny Ballinger

  • Our deepest condolences to you Paul, your sons and the large family and friends mourning the loss of Nancy. She was such a sweet and gracious woman loved by so many in her lifetime. We will miss her dearly! 💔
    Sending love and strength to all.
    Doug and Maureen Markle

  • To Paul and the Mally family –
    Betty and I will always remember Nancy for her gracious and loving personality as we met for Paul’s and my WHS class of ’52 gatherings. She always had a way to making one feel comfortable and welcomed. We are thankful for those brief times over many years we got to share good times with her.
    God’s Peace be yours.

  • Kevin, Lisa and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Mothers hold a special place in our hearts and memories especially your mom. Mrs. Mally was one of the best RVHS ever had. Her door was always open to her students and I will never forget her huge smile & caring heart. May God provide you and your entire family with the comfort and peace He alone can provide.
    Kim Rengert Urban

  • Many people are highly regarded, well-respected & admired. A few are widely loved. Nancy Mally was beloved by not only her family but her students, co-workers, neighbors & friends.
    I taught with Nancy for 15 years. I first met her soon after I was hired by River Valley Schools. I’d stopped in the school office on a day when I was moving my belongings from an apartment in Loudonville to a house in Marion. Within a few minutes of meeting, she stunned me by offering to drive the two hours to Loudonville & load up her car as well. That instant willingness to help was typical of Nancy. She reached out to many who needed help whether it was a student who was having a bad day & needing a laugh or a co-worker dealing with a personal trauma. Her door was always open to those who wanted to talk. Her room was a safe space. Teenagers who were angry or lost or sad would sit across from her desk & know they were heard & cared about. Fellow teachers were drawn to her warmth & willingness to listen & counsel.
    And she was more. She could be ornery & funny. She enjoyed a good laugh. She loved animals & small children. She relished talking about her sons & grandchildren & teasing her husband Paul. She disliked cooking & pretention & unkindness. She felt close to God. Together we travelled & talked & giggled & sometimes got in trouble. When she learned that the man who became my husband first planned to ask me out, she warned me to “be nice to him” if I chose to say no. She was the first person we told about our engagement.
    There is no one to replace her. Few of us can measure up to her. She was my best friend. She was many peoples’ best friend. I am among many who will miss her terribly.

  • There was no finer Worthington High School classmate than Nancy. When I think of how to describe her I easily use the words nice, smart, lovely, classy and friendly. We kept in touch even though we both moved away from Worthington after graduating from Ohio State. I well remember how much fun we had with she and Paul and a party of about 25 WHS grads and guests took an Inside Passage cruise from Vancouver to Alaska. God Bless Nancy and her family. She was a wonderful lady. Carl and Kay Wick

  • Nancy & I reconnected when I moved back to Worthington in 1955–she a cheerleader & I, a majorette. Slumber parties and a wonderful group of friends. You were a dear friend!!