Mary Ella Myers (nee McCroba) passed from this life on August 11, in Navarre, Ohio at the age of 87. The cause of death was loss of vim and vigor.
She was born a twin on February 23, 1925, in Pomeroy, Ohio to Ruth and Wright McCroba. Mary and her sister, Ann enjoyed the good life growing up on the Ohio River, before moving to Massillon, Ohio. Mary graduated from Washington High School in 1943. She spent one year at Ohio University before earning her nurses degree from Massillon City Hospital in 1947. During World War II she served in the Cadet Nurses Corp.
Although they both worked at Republic Steel, Mary actually fell for Harry E. Myers Jr. over a broken water fountain in the halls of Massillon City Hospital. Harry said he’d never seen a prettier girl. They began their married life on November 28, 1948, soon residing in Navarre, Ohio. As a nurse she also worked at Massillon City Hospital, and the Lodge Nursing Home of Navarre.
Mary was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, singing in the choir for 60 years. She served faithfully in the Women’s Guild, cooking meals, stitching quilt tops and organizing Mother-Daughter banquets. She also played bells. Mary was a member of the Massillon chapter of the DAR and an avid supporter of The Wilderness Center, Navarre Historical Society and the Fort Laurens Rug Crafters. As a Girl Scout leader she often served as a volunteer nurse at Great Trails, soothing the poison ivy of many girls during the late 60’s.
She had the hugest of hearts. The doors of her homes were always open to the children and teens of the neighborhood, past and present.
Thanks to her love of rug-hooking, her passion for art will live on in the homes of many.
Mary is survived by her husband Harry; three children, Louise of Navarre, Paul Myers (Gail), of Hudson, Wisconsin, and Jane Williams (Larry) of Edina, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Hannah Abrahamson, Kelsey Myers, Arch and Ella Williams; one great-granddaughter, Ava Fair; first cousin, David McCroba; two nephews, Tom and Jim Redd and niece Nancy Scott; snd her faithful pup, Biscuit.
She was preceded in death by a son, Mark; parents Wright and Ruth McCroba; a sister Ann Redd; and first cousins, Bill Davis and Isabel Davis.
We are so grateful to all those who helped Mary live out her days at home, the caregivers of Aultman Hospice, friends and neighbors, and Dee Steed and Willa Shaefer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 337 N. Main Street, Navarre, with Rev. Elaine Tullis officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Lawn Cemetery in Navarre. Friends and family may call from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Paul United Church of Christ or from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.
A memorial website has been created by the funeral home and may be accessed at www.spidellfuneralhome.com where you may share a memory or sign the guestbook.
Memorials may be made in Mary’s honor to St.Paul United Church of Christ or The Wilderness Center.