PERRYSVILLE -- Mary Eileen Beck, 91, of rural Perrysville, died Monday evening, March 20, 2017, at her home after a short illness.
She was born Sept. 16, 1925 on her Richland County farm, where she continued to live most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Raymond O. and Rosemary (Wilson) Zimmerman, and was a 1943 graduate of Lucas High School. On Oct. 5, 1947, she married Eugene A. Beck. He died Aug. 17, 1968.
Mary was a member of Perrysville Baptist Church, where she was custodian for 15 years. In addition, she had worked for the Ohio Public Service at Melco, Gretzinger's Market in Perrysville and for 15 years in the cafeteria at Mansfield Plumbing Products.
She will be remembered by her family for always wearing a sweater, no matter the temperature; for dodging any camera in her presence; for her warm smile; for her delicious Cherry Delight; for singing in her church choir; for her country farmhouse and the sanctuary it offered to countless cats over the years; for the fun the grandkids had popping her "Touch Me Not" plants in the backyard; for loving her grandchildren's art no matter how it turned out and for keeping it for decades; for the countless hours spent with her swinging on her front porch, many times singing "The Ants Go Marching"; and for how thankful she was for any time she got to spend with her family. She will be as deeply missed as she was dearly loved.
Surviving are her sons, Raymond (Betty) Beck of Millersburg, Charles (Carlene) Beck of Perrysville, Paul (Sarah) Beck of Kensington, Md. and Scott (Arezo) Beck of Columbus, and a daughter, Rosemary Beck of Columbus; grandchildren, Aaron Beck, Wendy (Don Wright) Martin, Christina (Chris) Hoover, Michael Coe, Adam (Nikki) Beck, Lorisa (Todd) Wolfe, Melissa Beck, Jennifer Beck, Lauren Beck and Walt Beck; and great-grandchildren, Delaney Martin, Kimberly, Jonathon and Makayla Hoover, Shelby, Isabella and Sophia Beck, Aubrey Gillespie, Nathan and Landan Wolfe and Hannah Beck.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Diane Beck; and infant grandchildren, Sydney Faith Beck and Ava Mari Beck.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville, with the Rev. Howard Burnett officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Perrysville. Friends called Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Lindsey Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.Byerly-Lindsey.com.
Memorial contributions may be given to Perrysville Baptist Church, in care of Naomi Smart, 172 E. Third St., Perrysville 44864.