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Margie May MAYES

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MAYES, Margie May was born on April 30, 1927 to Robert and Grace (Fannin) Mayes, and after 86 years of life on this earth she was welcomed into the presence of the Lord on July 11, 2013. She graduated from Hanover High School in 1945 and following graduation sought employment, working at Fernald and Herring -Hall-Marvin Safe Company, before spending many years with General Electric, Evendale until she retired in May, 1993. She was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church, Hamilton, where she served the Lord as a teacher in both Junior Church and Sunday school. Her span of service totaled more than 50 years. Although she never married and had children of her own she was a confidant and mentor to hundreds of children, earning at one point an award as Christian Educator of the Year for the Ohio American Baptist Convention. She was a very private person, yet her life was an open book of love. As the first-born of five daughters, she was a wonderful example to her four younger sisters. She set a standard for all of them, and was responsible for much of the pleasurable activities they enjoyed as children growing up, such activities as long walks, accompanying the singing around the piano after supper, reading to them individually, homework studiously done at the dining room table, and making popcorn balls. She was an ardent listener. She was always available to help with our needs and to offer a wise solution. These nurturing qualities carried over to her many friends throughout her life. Margie had many interests. She was a great sports enthusiast, watching closely the won/loss records of the Bengals and the Reds. She learned the player's names and positions, sympathized with their injuries, and could discuss with other fans the various games and plays that were made, their successes or their mishaps. She was an avid reader, especially enjoying novels by Christian authors and the genres of political intrigue andmystery. She is survived by three sisters: Carol Howard, Nellie (Bill) Roberts, and Bonnie Louise (Bo) Standifer. She is also survived by ten nieces and nephews in whom she delighted and who returned her affection: Pamela Howard, Ginger (John) Warner, Linda (Curt) Byrd, Sharon (Raymond) Bogenschutz, Cindy Shalloe, Richard (Carolyn) Howard, Bo (Chong Su) Standifer III, Andrew (Barbara) Campbell, Carolyn (Jeff) Faulks, and James Howard. Also surviving are numerous great -nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and loving friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Eileen Campbell; three brothers-in-law Gene Campbell, Virgil Wardlow, and Gene Howard; also two nephews -in-law Mike Dunaway and Mike Shalloe. Visitation will be Wednesday July 17, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Avance Funeral Home and Crematory; 4976 Winton Rd., Fairfield, OH 45014 Funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. with Dr. Dennis Metzger and Rev. William Brantingham will officiate. Internment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park. Memorial gifts for Margie may be sent to First Baptist Church. 1501 Pyramid Hill, Hamilton, OH 45013 The family will accept condolences at www.avancefuneralhome.com.

Published in Journal-News on July 14, 2013
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