Mary Crapnell

BELLE CENTER – Mary Lou Crapnell, 91, of Belle Center, passed away at her resid3nce on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

She was born on the family farm in Hardin County by Dr. A.E. Jones, the new doctor in town, on January 26, 1923, during a blizzard, to the late John Earl and Emma Lucille (Allen) McAlexander. She was his first delivery in his new practice.

She grew up on the southwest corner of Main and Elizabeth Streets. They lived up above the family business, Mac's Restaurant, until the building was destroyed by fire. The business was then relocated on the northeast side of Main Street under the big Elm tree with a be3nch built around it for all to gather and visit.

Mary Lou graduated from Belle Center High School and attended one year at The Ohio State University, then nine months at Lima Memorial Hospital nursing program.

Mary Lou was an LPN and retired from Mary Rutan Hospital in 1989.

She met Stearns B. Crapnell from Joy, IL on November 1, 1941 while he was a guest of her cousin, Joseph K. Allen. They were married on May 9, 1944 while he was on furlough from Italy during WWII. She is a former member of the Champaign County first families, Pioneer Family of Logan County, the Logan County Historical and Genealogical Society. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #266, Belle Center, the V.F.W. Post Auxiliary #1080 of Bellefontaine, AmVets Post #39 of Lakeview, Eastern Star Chapter #459 and D.A.R. Chapter of Bellefontaine. She attended the Belle Center United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by her former husbands, Stearns Boyd Crapnell and Russell Dillon; a brother, Vaughan Allen McAlexander; and a sister-in-law, Martha (Zupp) McAlexander.

Surviving are three sons, Boyd Crapnell of Sidney, Larry (Charlene) Crapnell of Bellefontaine and James (Tana) Crapnell of Cleveland, TX; ex-daughters-in-law, Carla Crapnell of Belle Center and Melenee Johnson of Kenton; grandchildren, Brenda Crapnell of Texas, Beckie Thomas of Kenton, Larry (Kelly Skeen) Crapnell, Ryan (Kari Johnson) Crapnell, both of Bellefontaine, Trevor Crapnell of Grove City, Colt (Amanda) Crapnell of Huntsville, Brittany Blankenship of Las Vegas, NV and Keri Blankenship of Cleveland, TX; step-grandsons, Chance Manns of Eustis, FL and Dustin Manns of Belle Center; great grandchildren, Brandon and Brianne Mosley, both of Texas, Austin Crapnell of Grove City, Easton Crapnell of Indian Lake, Lane Crapnell, Karsyn Crapnell, both of Bellefontaine and Riley of Huntsville; step great-grandsons, Malyki Manns of Eustis, FL and Haiden Manns of Belle Center; two nieces, Sue Kerns of Marion and Yvonne Elliott of Belle Center; and may great nieces, nephews and cousins.

EICHHOLTZ DARING AND SANFORD FUNERAL HOME in Belle Center are handling the arrangements and a graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 24, 2014 at the Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center with Pastor Kevin Smith officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Top of Ohio Pet Shelter, 2521 US 68 North, Bellefontaine, OH 43311 or the Belle Center United Methodist Church, 101 South Center St., Belle Center, Ohio 43310.

Condolences may be expressed at

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Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home
306 N Elizabeth St
Belle Center, OH 43310
(937) 464-3123
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Published in Weekly Currents from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2014
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