MIDDLEPORT — Mary Louise (Grate) Birchfield, 85, of Middleport, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014, at her home with family members at her bedside.
Mary was born April 4, 1928, in Wilksville, Ohio, to the late Gerald and Hazel (Gardner) Grate. She retired from Meigs County Children Services after 30 years of service. She loved antiques, fishing, camping and traveling.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dewey Ray Birchfield; one son, Kenneth L. (Sheila) Carsey; daughters Louise (Bob) Luke and Judy K. Clifford (Phillip Searfoss); two stepsons, Larry W. (Ruth) Birchfield and Jeff A. (Sarah) Birchfield; grandchildren Kenda (Mike) Bing, Kenny Ryan (Emory) Carsey, Wendy Hubbard, Melissa Bundy and Sherri Chriscoe; stepgrandchildren Denise Birchfield and Heather Birchfield; great-grandchildren Seth White, Devon Wayne Hubbard, Ashleigh Kay Wood and Andrew Williford; sisters-in-law Gladys Grate, Marie Birchfield and Pauline Parker Leonard; brother-in-law Don Cotterill; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harley and Harold Grate; one great-grandson, Dave Allan Hubbard; two step-daughters, Patricia A. Birchfield, and Deborah K. Birchfield; and brothers-in-law Walter (Lydia) Birchfield, Faye Birchfield Cotterill, Howard Birchfield, Paul and Mona Birchfield, Roy Parker and Nick Leonard.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Middleport with Pastor Robert Musser Officiating. Burial will follow in the Salem Center Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the funeral home.
An online registry is available at www.andersonmcdaniel.com.