Mary Jane Grewell, 82, Newcomerstown, answered the call to rejoin her husband, A. Wayne Grewell, who died on March 20, 2008, in her eternal home on Jan. 13, 2013, where she had been a patient at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus for four days. Death came as a repose to the exhausting illness she endured so long and patiently. Loving hands of family and skilled physicians did all they could to provide comfort until her spirit departed her failing body.
Mary Jane Clough was born March 5, 1930, in Newcomerstown, into the bosom of the Christian faith and raised in the fear, nurture, and admonition of the Lord. She was the daughter of the late Freddie Thomas and Mary Iowa (Harper) Clough. Entering the world in an abnormally small size (2 pounds), she was brought to the home of her parents in a shoebox and never anticipated an extended life on this earth but defied all odds and expectations, living a lengthy life of kindness and reverence, grateful for the gift bestowed by her Saviour, time.
Mary Jane married Wayne Grewell on Nov. 6, 1953, in Richmond, Ind., and was the mother of four, Thomas (Tina) Grewell, Sunbury, John (Patti) Grewell, Newcomerstown, and Keith (Pamela) Grewell, Caldwell; and a daughter, was born prematurely in April 1954. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Dawn Hicks, Marengo, April Simmons, Newcomerstown, Bryan Grewell, Newcomerstown, Nicole Peoples, Coshocton, Candi Houston, Newcomerstown, Johnna and Jenna Grewell, both of Newcomerstown, Pfc. Shane Grewell, Alaska, Alex and Keiden Grewell, Caldwell, Jennifer McClure, Delaware, and Brandy McLaughlin, Marengo; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mary Jane was preceded in death by an infant sister, Margaret Irene Clough; and a brother-in-law, Robert Casteel. The following brothers and sisters also survive to mourn their loss, Joy Lou (Lester) Marlatt, Gerry Ann Casteel, Charles H. (Viola) Clough, and Fred T. (Colleen) Clough Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mary was a member of the Newcomerstown Church of the Nazarene since 1946. She had dedicated more than 30 years to lovingly nurturing God's children to know her Lord in the church nursery and through babysitting at home. She was a member of the VIP Sunday School Class. Deprived of church attendance for two years previous to her death, she put her trust in Jesus Christ and was ready to depart this world to be with him. Mary Jane enjoyed embroidering, solving word search puzzles, playing UNO, playing dominoes with her sisters, making turkey noodles, and going out for dinner.
Funeral services to celebrate Mary Jane's life were Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. The Rev. R. Gene Whyde and Pastor R. Wayne Baker conducted the services. Burial follow in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown.
The family is requesting that memorials be made in Mary Jane's name to the Newcomerstown Church of the Nazarene, 363 Neighbor St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832; or to Health Services of Coshocton County (Coshocton County Hospice), P.O. Box 1284, Coshocton, OH 43812.