JEROMESVILLE -- Mary Eileen McGovern, 88, of Jeromesville, passed Dec. 6, 2012, at MedCentral Hospital peacefully and surrounded by her family.

Mary was born March 31, 1924, on her family farm in Ashland County, to Royd Glenn and Mary Eliza Humm Smith.

She graduated from Jeromesville High School in 1942. Her work experiences were with the Ashland County Farm Bureau, Lumberman's Mutual Insurance and Henderson, Harpster & Vanosdall Law Office.

She also enjoyed working the family dairy farm for over 20 years.

Mary married Carl William McGovern on May 13, 1957, at the Mohicanville United Church of Christ. They have two children, Gale (Charles) Lenzo of Newcomerstown and Kent (Sheri) McGovern of Jeromesville. Her beloved grandchildren are Jenna (Derek) Hickman, Jansen Lenzo, Kate McGovern and Emily McGovern.

Mary lived in the Jeromesville area her entire life. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, music-singing and playing the piano and organ, traveling, and cooking and baking for family and friends. She also enjoyed her card and domino clubs, homemaker clubs and events, and many church activities.

Mary loved life -- living it to the fullest up to her final day on earth.

She loved her family and her many close friends and her relationships with each one. She spent time every day with her Bible and devotions in order to continue to build on her strong faith in God -- a faith that passed down through her family and faith that she passed down to hers, as well.

Her grandchildren loved to play and cook with "Grandma Mac" and she loved the time she spent with them.

Mary was an active member of the Mohicanville United Church of Christ for over 70 years and the Jeromesville United Methodist Church for the remainder of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl McGovern; brothers, Guy, Karl and Dale Smith; sisters-in-law, Selma Smith, Lois Smith, Lucille Smith Banks, and Rebecca Smith; along with many dear friends and family members.

Funeral arrangements will be with Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville.

The memorial service took place Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in the Jeromesville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Debra Speer officiating.

Burial followed in the Jeromesville Cemetery and a luncheon with the family at the Jeromesville United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Jeromesville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 116, Jeromesville, OH 44840.

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