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Grace Virginia Mewhort, dearly loved by her family and friends, died peacefully on April 6, 2013, at Sunset Village at the age of 97.
Ginny, as she was best known, had a love for life and a love of people that was infectious. She always had a caring interest in her family and in people. This, along with her keen perceptive abilities, resulted in her having many close friends throughout her life.
Born to Charles and Alta Sweeny, and raised in Akron, Ohio, she lived above her family's funeral home, Sweeny Brothers. She attended Old Trail School in Akron for grade school and high school among a class of 11 of which she was the last surviving member. Virginia was very close to her father who passed away shortly after her graduation from high school. Although grieving over her husband's death, Virginia's mother insisted that she go ahead with her plans to attend Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
At Ohio Wesleyan, Virginia's caring personality led her to be very social and active on campus. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and an English major which led her to be the family grammarian. While there, she met her future husband, Donald M. Mewhort, Sr., who was a year ahead of her and a member of championship basketball and baseball teams.
Upon leaving Ohio Wesleyan, Ginny returned to Akron to be close to her mother and work in retail. In 1939, she married Donald M. Mewhort, Sr. and moved to Toledo where they became very active in the community and raised their family of two sons and a daughter.
Ginny was an active member of Epworth United Methodist Church where her husband was lay leader for many years. She was involved in the United Methodist Women's Society and the Marjorie Mayer Circle. She was also a member of the Monnett Club and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association from which she recently received her 75 year pin, presented by the president of the association. She belonged to three different bridge clubs and enjoyed being with her friends. She and her husband were the ultimate sports fans, attending a variety of sporting events involving her family as well as supporting the University of Toledo basketball teams.
Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald M. Mewhort, Sr.; son, Charles Alan Mewhort, and brother, Dow Sweeny.
She is survived by her son, Donald M. Mewhort, Jr. Martha ; daughter, Deborah Keller Randall ; grandchildren, Donald M. Mewhort III Gail , Kerry Winiarski Brian , Julie Klein Howard , Miles Mewhort Dawn , Bryan Keller Adelle , Chad Keller, and Lindsay Finch MacCrea . Ginny had ten great-grand-children, each of whom she was able to know well Sara, Jack, Jane, Kevin, Chris, Grace, Peter, Natalie, Andrew and Christopher. She was also survived by her sister Joan Andreoli of Akron.
A memorial service to celebrate Ginny's life will be held on Monday, April 22, 2013, at 10 30 a.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3077 Valleyview Drive, Toledo. Memorials may be given to the Epworth United Methodist Church or Sunset Retirement Communities, Inc. You don't live to the age of 97 without a caring and supportive network of family, friends and church. Ginny also found that in the staff at Sunset Village where she lived for the last 7 years. The family is appreciative of the kindness shown by her many friends there. Arrangements by the Walker Funeral Home, 419-841-2422.
Published in Toledo Blade from Apr. 9 to Apr. 21, 2013