Marie Mack, age 98, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Marion General Hospital following a brief illness.
On July 31, 1920, Marie was born in Marion, Ohio, the younger of two daughters of the late Stanley M. and Flossie (Price) Hoopman. She graduated from Pleasant High School in the class of 1938, where she was proud to have played on the championship basketball team.
While riding the school bus, Marie became acquainted with a young man who would be her future husband, Lowell D. Mack. On October 20, 1940, Marie and Lowell were married at their home place on rural route 6, and she was by his side from that time on. Together they lovingly raised three children and shared over seventy one years of marriage. He preceded her in death on March 12, 2012.
In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Marie was a farm hand with Lowell helping him however was needed on their family farm on Richland and Barks road. She did everything from milking the cows, raising the chickens, mowing the hay, to her favorite job which was running the tractor. She also was a great cook and baker, always making pies for her hubby.
Marie’s work did not end at the farm, she also worked at Snow’s Racket Store, was a braider operator at BF Goodrich, she managed the pharmacy department at Fashion Fair, returned to BF Goodrich for her first retirement, then she especially enjoyed working at Sutton & Leightner from which she retired again.
“Never letting the grass grow under her feet,” Marie and Lowell again kept busy as foster parents for 10 years helping to raise infants up until they were four years old. She especially loved newborn babies, snatching them up in her arms as quickly as she could. She also loved babysitting her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who all were the apple of her eye.
Very faithful, Marie was a regular attendee and member at the Prospect St. United Methodist Church, where she served in the Hilda Weiss Circle and helped the women of the church make noodles for many years. She also was a member of the Pleasant Senior Center, and formerly of the Progressive Grange in Pleasant Township.
Snowbirds, Marie and Lowell spent nearly six months of every year at their home in Okeechobee, Florida, after he retired from the farm. Together they enjoyed relaxing on the patio, soaking up every ray of sunshine and all the warm air they could. They enjoyed fishing there too.
Marie “learned at an early age that if she wanted to go on a vacation, all she had to say to Lowell was ‘let’s go fishing.’” They loved going on their frequent fishing trips to Minnesota, always competing to see who would catch the first fish. Though Marie didn’t care to eat their catch of the day, she cooked them perfectly and particularly for Lowell. They enjoyed many more vacations to places like Hawaii and Alaska.
Avid card players, Marie and Lowell enjoyed playing euchre and pinochle with their family and their special friends at the Pleasant Senior Center. She also loved crocheting and embroidering, making a special blanket, and many bed spreads and quilts for her grandchildren.
A strong and independent woman, Marie had a feisty, fun loving spirit and her playing tricks on you was her way of showing you how much she cared.
Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters: Marsha Mack of Marion, and Suzi (Bruce) Mack-Modlin of Omaha, NE; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Mack of Marion; two grandsons: Robert Carl (Mellie) Mack and Edward Allen Mack; four great-granddaughters: Ashley (Rickey) Shirkey, Brittany, Cortney, and Lindsey Mack; four great-great-grandchildren: Kayson Mack, Avery Shirkey, and Lyla and Zoey May Luther, with one more Luther baby boy on the way.
Including her husband and parents, Marie was preceded in death by her son, Edwin D. Mack; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy (Ernie) Gast; a sister-in-law, Ethel Fett March; and a brother-in-law, Leroy Mack.
Her family will greet friends from 11 am – 1 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019, at the Prospect St. United Methodist Church (address below). Services honoring her life will follow there at 1 pm, with Pastor Joe Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Prospect St. United Methodist Church, 185 S. Prospect St., Marion, OH 43302, or to Pleasant Senior Citizens, 1036 Owens Rd W, Marion, OH 43302.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Marie’s family and your condolences and memories may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.