Mary Jane (Luby) Showalter (1934 - 2017)

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Mary Jane Luby Showalter, 83, passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2017, in Miamisburg, Ohio. Mary Jane was born on Sept. 21, 1934, in Zanesville, Ohio, to the late Paul J. and Florence (Bennett) Luby. After graduating from Rosecrans High School in Zanesville and attending the University of Dayton for a year, she worked for a time before meeting her future husband. Mary Jane married Kenneth E. Showalter at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Zanesville on Sept. 3, 1955, and they were married for over 47 years. Ken predeceased her on Nov. 8, 2002.
Mary Jane enjoyed meeting new people in the many places she lived over the years, including Caldwell, Parma, Cincinnati, Portsmouth, and Solon, Ohio; Anchorage, Alaska; Houston, Texas; and Danville, Calif. She had a passion for sewing and knitting, having made many wedding dresses, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, costumes, afghans, quilts and much more. Mary Jane also had a lifelong interest in history, taking family vacations to numerous historic sites including Colonial Williamsburg, and belonging to local historical societies.
She restarted her college career while living in Solon, took many classes while living in Anchorage, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from St. Mary's College of California in 1983.
Mary Jane is survived by her children, Bill Showalter and his wife Linda of Marietta, Ohio, Jane Thomas and her husband Tim of Anchorage, Elizabeth Marquart of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Patricia Grenier and her husband Tom of Anchorage; as well as six grandchildren, Nick Marquart, Claire Showalter, Maggie Marquart Dobson, Phillip Showalter, Zoey Grenier and Vivi Grenier; and two great-grandchildren, Rachel Marquart and Cole Dobson. She is also survived by her older brother, Patrick Luby and his wife Peggy of Madison, Wis.; her sister, Florence Ann Schmall of Temperance, Mich.; and her younger brother, Joseph Luby of the family farm in Zanesville.
A celebration of Mary's life will be held sometime in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the , www.alz.org, or to Ohio's , www.hospiceofdayton.org/donations, or your local hospice organization.
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Brough-Getts Funeral Home
102 S 2nd St
Miamisburg, OH 45342
(937) 866-1001
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2017
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