Norma "Nanny" J. Park, 78, of Marengo, Ohio passed away early Friday morning April 25, 2014 at Woodside Village in Mt. Gilead, surrounded by her loving family. She had struggled with breast cancer and multiple complications over the last ten years. Her fight is over, she ran a good race and now she has her new heavenly body. We are sure she and Gene are hitching up their team of ponies once again to give rides down those streets of gold and that familiar clippity-clop sounds a whole lot better than ever before.
Nanny, as she was known to everyone the last thirty years, was born at home on April 24, 1936 to G.C. "Mac" McGrath and Clara Coryea McGrath in Athens Ohio. Her nickname reflected how so many people felt about her. She was everyone's Nanny. She shined as a mother to her children but she was in her special element as a grandmother and it showed. That is why it was so easy for everyone to know her as "Nanny," with many of her acquaintances' never really knowing her given name. She was always thinking up something special to do for someone, whether it was making her special cookies and candies at Christmas time or planning special fun things for everyone to do at the many family reunions and parties she and Poppy hosted over the years. Everyone who knew her knew she was somewhat of a worrier. She was always concerned for everyone she knew and would try to help in any way she could if someone was in need or just needed some of her special TLC. Norma was an avid fan of her beloved OSU Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavs, and Cleveland Indians. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their many activities. She also enjoyed collecting cookbooks and sharing special recipes with her daughter and other family members and friends. She was always looking for that next family favorite, especially any form of a cookie recipe. Her favorite place to visit was Holmes County where she was always the navigator for the family trips. She had a keen sense of direction, whether it was here on this earth or on her life-long journey towards Heaven and her Lord Jesus Christ.
After graduating from Elm Valley High School in Ashley, Ohio in 1951, Norma went to work at HPM in Mt. Gilead, where she met, Gene Park, and they would wed November 30, 1956. Once their daughter was born in December, 1957 she became a full time homemaker for the rest of her live. She had their son in August of 1959. She and Gene lived on several different farms over the years before settling in their final residence, which was Norma's home place of her parents.
Norma will be missed so much by her loving daughter Shirley Hatfield and her husband Perry; loving son Bill and his wife Michelle; 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; one brother Bill McGrath (Janet) of Delaware, Ohio; two sisters, Marilyn (Bob) Willson of Lexington, North Carolina, and Marian (Ken) Hettinger of Kingston, Arizona; numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, of 55 years; brother Jack McGrath; sister Carol Haycook and an infant sister Barbara.
The family will have calling hours on Tuesday April 29th from 4-8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 South Main Street, Mt. Gilead, OH where funeral services will be held on Wednesday April 30th at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Ashley Union Cemetery.
Contributions in Norma's Memory may be made to Morrow County 4H.
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