Mary Elizabeth Dryden
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70, of Gnadenhutten, passed away at her home on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, after a period of declining health. Born Oct. 25, 1943 in Dennison, she was a daughter of the late Lonnie Roscoe and Mary Martha (Stull) Meek. On Jan. 4, 1960, she was married to John Karl Dryden with who she enjoyed over 42 years of marriage until his passing on Oct. 14, 2003.
They are survived by three children, Shelby (Lupe) Mancha of Dennison, Bill (Karen) Dryden of Gnadenhutten and Kim (Spank) Ayers with whom she had resided; ten grandchildren, Joyce Menefee-Van Meter, Buddy Ayers, Billy, Eric and Chad Dryden, Mariah and Lorabeth Ayers, and Savannah, Sammy and Tommy Mancha; and an expected great-grandchild whose birth Mary was eagerly anticipating. She is also survived by four siblings, Lonnie (Margie) Meek of Uhrichsville, John Meek of Uhrichsville, Linda (Vern) Tewers of Florida, and Carl (Diane) Meek of Uhrichsville; a former sister-in-law, Val Meek; an aunt, Joann West; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Nancy Meek.
Mary was a resident of Tuscarawas County throughout most of her life, but she had also enjoyed living in Florida and Louisiana for a time with her husband in their retirement. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker who had also worked for Alsco in Sugarcreek and at the former Valley Manor Nursing Home in New Philadelphia for a number of years. She was a member of the Uhrichsville Moose and avid fan of the Cleveland Indians who enjoyed fishing and camping, playing Bingo, and going to local casinos. Most of all, she treasured the time that she spent with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.
In keeping with Mary's wishes, she has been cremated without a public visitation. Her family has planned a time for sharing memories of Mary at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Moose Family Center in Uhrichsville. Those wishing to honor her memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44663.
R. K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc. - Dennison
26 Grant St. Dennison, OH 44621
Published in The Times Reporter on Feb. 12, 2014