Emily Thayer


Emily S.

Emily S. Thayer, 65, of Toledo, Ohio, danced before Jesus on Saturday, June 29, 2013; as she entered His Presence. She died at Toledo Hospital from complications of a severe heart attack. She was born December 22, 1947, in Toledo, Ohio, to John S. and Ardis Patricia (Carr) Nally.

Emily's great loves were God, Family, and Teaching; and in return she is greatly loved by all three.

Emily graduated from Toledo Start high school in 1965 and Ohio University in 1969. She went on to receive her Masters degree and Reading Specialist from the University of Toledo. Emily retired from Toledo Public Schools after 35 years as an English and Reading teacher at Scott, DeVilbiss, and Start high schools. She loved classroom instruction and relished working with exuberant teenagers.

Emily loved to read and devoured mystery books for pleasure. She also belonged and participated in several ladies book groups. She was a Life Master and enjoyed playing with her many partners at the Toledo Bridge Center. She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood Chapter E Toledo. She loved to study God's word and was a faithful member of Bible Study Fellowship, Gals for God, Tues evening ladies group, Sunday morning adult group, and Monday evening life group. Her real passion was working for the Lord. She had been a member of Pilgrim UCC, Sylvania UCC, and most recently McCord Road Christian Church. She was the "card, call, and visit" meister. If anyone was ill, grieving, troubled, or hurting in any way, she touched them. Her card ministry touched thousands of lives for the better. Her caring, smile, laughter, and sparkle will be mightily missed.

Surviving are her husband, of 44 years, Tom; her brother, and sister-in-law, John and Diana (Dolt) Nally; sister-in-law, Bonnie Thayer; nieces, Todd and Angela (Nally) Weststrate; Michael and Jennia (Nally) Axelson; nephew, Patrick and Sarah Nally; great-nieces and nephew, Morgan and Mikayla Weststrate, Anita, Addie, and Lillian Axelson, Luke and Lauren Nally.

Visitation is at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey) Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Services will be Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at McCord Road Christian Church, 4765 McCord Rd, Sylvania. Informal greeting 10:00-11:00 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life service from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and a light luncheon at the church from 12:00 -2:00 p.m. Private graveside service for family only. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to McCord Road Christian Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Funeral Home

Walker Funeral Home & Crematory
5155 West Sylvania Avenue Toledo, OH 43623
(419) 841-2422

Published in Toledo Blade from July 1 to July 2, 2013