Mary Retha Bailey
MARION -- Mary Retha Bailey, age 57, died in her home on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, after an extended illness.
A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Mary was born on July 27, 1946, in Toledo, Ohio.
On Jan. 16, 1971, she married her husband Hubert Layne Bailey, who survives.
Together they raised five children, Tim Sloan, Scott Hall, Stacey Hoch, Kaalem Bailey and Amy White. All are surviving.
Two sisters, Phyllis Steffey of Lakeview and Marie Bogan of Marion; nine grandchildren, Sarah, Wesley, Keaton, Alex, Clayton, Timmy, Tiffany, Chad and Shane also survive.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Dawn Bailey, her parents, Addie and Delbert Kerr, brothers Millard and Mont Large and sisters, Opal and Adelene Smith. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Through the years, Mary was employed at Tecumseh, Hills and Kroger. She was also a home health care provider for several years.
Mary will be greatly and sadly missed by all who knew her.
The funeral is 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Boyd Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred Buckner officiating. Burial is in Waldo Cemetery. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Bryan William Eugene Cassell
May 15, 1975 - Oct. 18, 2003
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brian "Wabba" Cassell Jr., 28, formerly of Marion, died Saturday morning, Oct. 18, 2003, as a result of an accident while pursuing his dream racing a motorcycle at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach.
Born in Marion, Ohio, he is survived by his wife, Heather; parents Carole and Bryan Cassell Sr.; sister, Laura Bramble and brother-in-law, Jeff; niece, Kirsten and nephew Kolby; grandmother, Eva Cassell; wife's family Ken and Rita Ford, Jasmine, Jason and Jill; nephews, Jordon and Nathan and niece, Kelsey; and his Lil' Pooch and riding companion, Phoebe.
Bryan's outgoing personality and passion for life was an inspiration to all. His enthusiasm and love of motorcycles allowed him to fulfill his lifelong dream of racing at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend. Bryan's writings in many online forums and in Road Racing magazine allowed him to reach out to many people in the motorcycling world and has earned him their respect as a writer and accomplished rider. In a very short time racing the circuit he had worked his way up to racing with the top racers in his class. He was determined to be the best and was well on his way.
Bryan will be missed greatly by those who knew him and those who knew of him through is writings.
Brian was a lifelong member of Triangle Motorcycle Club in Marion where he began his racing career at age of 4.
A public viewing is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harvey Engelhardt Metz Funeral Home, located at 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, Fla., 33907. A celebration of Bryan's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, an account has been established in Bryan's name by Jeff Brown of Brinker Brown Inc. at Sun Trust Bank for contributions.
Betty Jane Everett Howison
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Betty J. Howison, 81, of Colorado Springs, passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003.
She was born April 24, 1922, in Marion, Ohio, to Ray and Zelma (Walters) Everett.
She married Charles W. Howison on Aug. 20, 1944, Marion, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, two children, Charles R. (Nora) Howison of Spanaway, Wash., and Karen S. (Gary) George of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Elaine Lowry of Marion, Ohio; a niece, Cynthia; a nephew, Mark; five grandchildren, Sonja (Andrew) Howison, Shelene (Lance) Lewis, Lorenda (Russ) Thomas, Cassie (Dan) Scott, Fern (Brett) Michael; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel of Roses. Visitation was held 5-8 p.m. Oct. 15, 2003, at the Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home. Entombment was in the Shrine of Remembrance Gate of Heaven Mausoleum.
Mary Ellen Anthony Lynam
ST. MARYS -- Mary Ellen Anthony Lynam, 86, of 02124 Grenville Road in St. Marys, died at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at the Gardens of Celina. She had formerly lived on Ohio 746 in Caledonia.
She was born May 13, 1917, in Marion County, a daughter of L.G. and Bessie E. (Fisher) Irey.
On May 30, 1942, she married Maurice Ransom Anthony, who died in 1972. She then married Clifford "Don" Lynam on Dec. 2, 1982, and he survives.
She is also survived by daughter Marsha Campbell of Silver City, N.M.; grandson Doug Campbell of Caledonia, granddaughter Beth (Kevin) Cotsmire of Crestline, granddaughter Brenda (Tim) Mutchler of Bucyrus, grandson Bryan Campbell of Helena; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Howard (Pauline) McClenathan and Norm (Caroline) Campbell all of Caledonia, Bill (Margaret) Trimmel of Noedesha, Kan., Cheryl Fisher of Mount Gilead and Reuben (Mary) Hecht of Yorkshire.
She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, brother Jack Fisher and granddaughter, Bonnie Campbell.
She had worked at JC Penney, Marion County Court House, MARCA Industries and had been co-owner of Ma's Ceramic Studio, all in the Marion area. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in St. Marys and Marion-Salem United Methodist Church near Caledonia.
She volunteered at Otterbein Retirement Community for 15 years. Board member of the AGAPE ministries to the pool, had served as member and treasurer of the United Methodist Women, lay speaker for the East Conference, and served as local chapter president of the Retired Public Employees of Ohio. Widely known as the "Angel Lady," she had presented numerous programs about angels to interested groups, and enjoyed sharing her collection of more than 1,700 angels.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Ohio 703 West in St. Marys. The Rev. James Van Meter will officiate. Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Additionally, services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday in the Marion-Salem United Methodist Church near Caledonia. Burial will follow these services at the Claridon Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to these services at the Claridon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grace UMC stained glass restoration fund.
Eugene Edgar Rockhold
WALDO -- Eugene Edgar Rockhold, 76, 4873 Denzer Road, Waldo, died at 6:53 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, in Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.
Born March 27, 1927, in Columbus, he was the son of the late Edward and Eva P. (Hull) Rockhold.
On June 24, 1972, in Columbus, he married Margaret Borror Rockhold; she survives in Waldo.
He retired as quality control inspector for Liebert Corp. where he worked for 15 years, then worked in Meijer's meat department. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is also survived by three sons, Glenn (Karen) Rockhold, Columbus, Kenneth (Sandy) Rockhold of Columbus, Jack (Betty) Miller of Ostrander; two daughters, Vicki (Bob) Reynolds of Columbus, Judy (John) Russell, Waldo; a sister, Charlotte McCloud, Columbus; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers.
The funeral is 1 p.m. Friday at Boyd Funeral Home with the Rev. Victoria Powers-Smith officiating. Burial is in Waldo Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the Marion Area United Veterans Council. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Morrow Volunteer Fire Department.