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Mary Evelyn Beckel
Mary Evelyn BeckelCrossMary Evelyn Beckel, 95, of LaRue, died peacefully Saturday morning October 19, 2019 at the Primrose Assisted Living in Marion.

She was born December 23, 1923 in Pike County to the late David Richard and Clara Viola (Adams) Mathena, she was also preceded in death by two husbands, Carl F. Berry, they were married January 22, 1945 and he died August 9, 1974 and Robert E. Beckel, they were married September 1, 1979 and he died December 21, 2004. Also preceding her in death was a son, William C. “Bill” Berry and two brothers, Wilder and Clarence Mathena.

Mary was an over fifty-year active member of the LaRue Baptist Church. She had worked at the Whirlpool Corp. and at Elgin West in the Cafeteria.
Mary was as longtime and dedicated member of the Mary Lenox Chapter # 98, which has merged into the George Lewis Behrens O.E.S. Chapter #504.  She also belonged to the Happi Tyme Club, had volunteered over 20yrs at the Marion General Hospital and the Red Cross. She also enjoyed being part of the Weak Enders Camping Club.

Mary will be remembered as a “Lady” by those who knew and loved her.

Surviving are her children: Mike (Sok Im) Berry of Marion, Rick (Deb) Berry of LaRue, Roberta (Steve) Thompson of Las Vegas and Linda (William) Gruhler of Stockbridge, Georgia
Daughter-in-law: Bobbie Holmes of Kenton
Grandchildren: Travis (Michelle Alonso) Berry, Ryan (Renee) Berry, Dottie Berry, Rob (Kate) Thompson, Tony (Kim) Berry, Stephanie (Pete) Hernandez, Ashley (Ryan) Skidmore, Emily Berry and Josh (Fiancé Kristen Degler) Gruhler
17 great grandchildren

Special thanks to the staff at Primrose for their loving care for the past 6 years and Kindred Hospice for their care and support. A special thank you to nurses Laura and CeeCee and nurse’s aide Chantel for their gift of friendship and love they had for her.

Funeral services will be held  Friday October 25, 2019 at 11:00 am at the LaRue Baptist Church, Pastor Tim Pasma will officiate, burial will follow in the LaRue Cemetery, Friends may call Thursday from 5-7 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue, where there will be Eastern Star services at 7:00 pm.

Memorial gifts may be made to the LaRue Baptist Church PO Box 374 LaRue, OH 43332 and the Kindred Hospice at 1199 Delaware Ave #102a, Marion, OH  43302.

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#1 from: Cathy Pask
Marion, Ohio
Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 9:30 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Mary was an incredible woman. I always admired her and loved her. She is finally in God's house now! Prayers to all of you !

#2 from: Cindy Oberdier
Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 10:01 AM

Rick and Deb, I’m so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing.  I think of you often. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time.

#3 from: Paul McMahan
Pueblo Colorado
Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 10:19 AM

I’m so very sorry for your loss. I remember Mary fondly from my childhood days in LaRue. While my parents were busy working in the restaurant, they turned me loose on the town. I remember playing with Mike and, at the time, little Rick. Mary would keep a motherly eye on us, I suspect to make sure I wasn’t a bad influence. That she and Carl were wonderful parents is evident in the lives of their children and their progeny. A wonderful example of the greatest generation, Mary is with God now. May He bless your all.

#4 from: Laura Williams
Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 11:15 AM

Jack and I remember Mary as a gracious, kind member of the LaRue community and a longtime friend of Jack's mom, Ruth Williams.  Ruth absolutely loved going to her shop and getting pampered - going in as a "farm wife" and coming out as a "farm queen".  Our thoughts and sympathy are with you all.  

Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 4:59 PM


#6 from: Glena Savage
Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 7:45 PM

Dear Ones,
How grateful I am to have been graced with the friendship of Miss Mary. From the moment Paul introduced us, God blessed our sisterhood in Christ. I truly loved Mary while she was on this earthly path with me. I look forward with anticipation to sharing time with her once again in the heavenlies.
Mary was a light for Christ to all she knew and loved. I am praying that the love of the Lord will touch your hearts as you say good-bye. Her  wish expressed to me, was that she would be there to welcome each of you into heaven.
May the Lord bless each of you with His mercy, peace, and hope. God bless you...

#7 from: Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, Texas
Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 7:35 AM

Mike & family - Keep the great memories of your sweet Mother alive.  You were truly blessed.
Becky Jacobs Rynders

#8 from: linda (berry) & donald gossett
middletown, ohio
Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 9:15 AM

Aunt Mary was always a "classy lady".

#9 from: Angela Thomas, Beltone
Harpster Ohio
Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 9:54 AM

What a wonderful lady! Condolences to all.

#10 from: Rita Berry HUNTER,
 Sanford, North Carolina
Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 10:33 AM

My memories from my earliest childhood of Aunt Mary are only those of a kind, gracious lady.  As I grew to adulthood, I always wanted to emulate my vision of her.  Sadly, I feel, I never quite met my goal.  However, the sweet loving memories have always been carried in my heart.  Thank you Aunt Mary for your loving inspiration in my life.

#11 from: Homer & Gloria Williams
Fort Mill, SC
Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Gloria and I met Mary when the 1999 Ohio Order of the Eastern Star travelled.  What a wonderful person  
we got to know and was honored to have her friendship.  May God Bless All. Homer, WGP'99 and wife Gloria

#12 from: Judy Logan
Marion, Ohio
Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 11:45 AM

Mike, Sok Im and family:
Was sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.
She was a wonderful person.
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,
Judy-formally with Dr. Timothy F. Garner

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