WEST LAFAYETTE -- Harriet Maxine Shryock, 86, West Lafayette, passed away Monday evening, May 10, 2010, in Coshocton County Memorial Hospital, following a valiant struggle against a period of declining health.

Harriet was born in Coshocton County on Oct. 30, 1923, a daughter of the late Howard and Vinnie Wilson Darr.

She was a graduate of Warsaw High School, Class of 1940. Harriet was employed at Kurz-Kasch, Newcomerstown, for over 22 years until the time of her retirement. In her younger years, she was an employee of the Fischer Funeral Home, Warsaw. Harriet was a member of the First Baptist Church, West Lafayette, where she formerly served as a Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed raising flowers, doing embroidery work, gardening and canning, as well as being a homemaker for all her adult life.

In addition to her parents, Harriet was preceded in death by a son, Gail L. Shryock of Coshocton, who passed away in 1993; a granddaughter, Rebecca Ann Gross of West Lafayette, who passed away in 1981; two brothers, Earl Darr of Warsaw and Rudy Darr of Roscoe; and five sisters, Iva Rauschenbaugh of Westerville, Delphia McKelvey of Killbuck, Helen Stone of West Lafayette, Dorothy Parks of Millersburg and Eileen McDaniels of Phoenix, Ariz.

Harriet is survived by her husband of 66 years, Virgil J. Shryock of West Lafayette. Also surviving are two sons and two daughters, Gary J. (Patricia R.) Shryock of Coshocton, Richard A. (Nancy S.) Shryock of Isleta (West Lafayette), Connie D. (Charles E. "Chuck") Lahna of Fresno and Beverly A. (Arthur E.) Gross of West Lafayette; daughter-in-law, Sharon L. (Mrs. Gail) Shryock of Coshocton; nine grandchildren, Gary John Shryock Jr. of Nashville, Tenn., Michael L. Shryock of Wooster, Michelle R. (Chris) Crown of Hurricane, W.Va., Amy D. (Kirby) Hasseman of Coshocton, Christopher D. Lahna (Meredith Schnug) of West Chester, Todd A. Lahna of Fresno, Scott A. Shryock and fiancé Jamie Zimmer of Hilliard, Jenny D. (Tony) Warden of West Lafayette, and Daniel A. (Christine) Gross of Dublin; six great grandchildren, Abigail and Ally Crown, Skylar and Jade Hasseman, and Austin and Trent Warden; two sisters, Elma Carnes of Coshocton and Wilma Spigelmire of Perrysville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services to celebrate Harriet's life were May 14 at the First Baptist Church, West Lafayette.

Pastor David W. Kraft and Lloyd Tenney conducted the services. Burial followed at Fairfield Cemetery, West Lafayette.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Harriet's name to the First Baptist Church, 688 E. Main St., West Lafayette, OH 43845.

The Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown is assisting the family with all the arrangements.