Mary and Hayden WALTERS
WALTERS Mary A. (DeFriece) WALTERS Hayden D. Mary A. (DeFriece) Walters, age 36, of Millbury, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 6, 2010, at St. Vincent-Mercy Hospital. She was born in Bellevue, Ohio on April 25, 1974 to Delmos and Dolores (Frisch) DeFriece. She was employed for Children's Discovery Center as an Administrative Assistant. She attended UT and obtained her Associates Degree in Gerontology Social work. She married Ryan Walters on August 10, 1999. Mary was a member of Mainstreet Church. Mary was passionate about her role as a mother and wife. She was devoted to her life with Ryan, Maddie and Hayden. Mary's life revolved around her personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She was devoted to seeing others come to a personal relationship with him. Mary enjoyed walking with her sister Amy, riding bikes with her husband and children and camping with her best friends, Scott and Kristi Gibson. She will be best remembered by her fast speech and contagious laugh. She would love nothing more than for you to celebrate her life by finding peace, knowing that you will join her again in Heaven. Mary is survived by her loving husband, Ryan; daughter, Madison Walters; mother, Dolores DeFriece; brothers, Daniel (Jennifer) DeFriece and Chad (Ambre) DeFriece; sister, Amy (Craig) Sigler and and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Delmos and her baby boy, Hayden. Hayden D. Walters, age 4, of Millbury, died unexpectedly in his residence on Sunday, June 6, 2010. He was born on July 17, 2005 in Toledo, to Ryan and Mary (DeFriece) Walters. Hayden attended Mainstreet Church with his family. Hayden was spunky, energetic, and had an amazing zest for life. One of Hayden's favorite past-times was running along the sidelines of his Daddy's 5K and 10K races. Hayden loved Buzzlight Year, Toy Story and Spider-Man the best. He will be missed most because of the way he opened everyone else's presents at Christmas. The best way to remember him now is to picture him in the arms of his Poppie Walters, Papa Delmos, his Mama and Jesus. He is survived by his Daddy, Ryan and big sister, Maddie; grandparents, Dolores DeFriece and Barbara Walters; aunts, Amy (Craig) Sigler, Robin (Chris) Arquette, Rachel (Damian) Gerwin and Dawn Holden-Walters and uncles, Daniel (Jennifer) DeFriece, Chad (Ambre) DeFriece and Robert Walters Jr. He was preceded in death by his Mama, Mary; and grandfathers, Delmos DeFriece and Robert Walters Sr. Mama, Mama, Mama What I Love you !!! Friends will be received for Hayden and Mary on Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 6-9 p.m. at Mainstreet Church, 705 Campus 705 N. Main St., Walbridge and Friday, June 11, 2010 from 2-9 p.m. in the Witzler - Shank Funeral Home, 701 N. Main St., Walbridge ( 419-666-3121 ). Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at Cedar Creek Church, 29129 Lime City Rd., Perrysburg. Pastor Marty Pennington of Mainstreet Church will be officiating. Burial will follow in Lake Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to Mary and Hayden Walters Scholarship Fund at Fifth Third Bank for Maddie and Children's Discovery Center. Online condolences may be made at www. witzlershank.com

Published by The Blade on Jun. 9, 2010.
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You will never be forgotten. Thanks be to God for blessing our lives with your beautiful spirits.
July 9, 2010
Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of pain and sorrow we know that only God can help you throught this time. Sending our love Jimnmy & Jeanne Potridge
July 9, 2010
I did not know Mary and Hayden personally, however, I feel I knew them through Ryan. Over the years, Ryan proudly spoke of his beautiful wife and children. Not a meeting went by without Ryan displaying pictures of his family. Our hearts ache, for your loss, as we keep your families in our thought and prayers. May God always hold precious Maddie in his loving arms.
Diane Smith, HNWO
June 16, 2010
My Family has never had the pleasure of meeting all of you,however in the past few days we have heard and learned so much about all of you that we feel like we have known you forever. We know that you three are in a safe and happy place looking down on your daughter/sister and the rest of your family. You all have touched so many lives with the kindness of your hearts, and because of that your legacy will live on.
Heaven has three new angels, may you all rest in peace.
a winters
June 15, 2010
We have never met, but my heart and prayers go out to you and your entire family. Now another one, Ryan, is taken to heaven to join Mary and Hayden. May you find comfort in the days ahead. We too, have suffered a loss to that terrible storm. My niece Bailey was a gift to us that was taken too soon. May we all find peace in the plan that our Saviour Lord Jesus has. Another grieving family.
June 15, 2010
My daughter, Ari, and I had the pleasure of knowing Miss Mary and Hayden at the Discovery Center. We both feel so terrible about this tragedy. I'm overwhelmingly sorry about your loss.
Stephanie Collins
June 14, 2010
Our family will miss you dearly Miss Mary & Hayden. I will never forget how little Hayden would always excitedly announce to my kids that their mom was here to pick them up. He was always the first to say good-bye to both of them also. Miss Mary, your kind nature always set me at ease - with you there to greet me at the front desk, I just knew that my husband and I placed our kids in the right place. You just knew that everyone mattered and showed each and every one of us how special we are with how amazing you would treat us. We will never forget you. You are always in our hearts.

The Johnston family
Roxanne Johnston
June 14, 2010
Dear Matti,
Your Mom would not remember my "real" name only that I was Elle (Malczewski's) Mimi. But I will always remember last I saw Mary and Hayden together. Quite by chance Elle spent the night with me and in the morning we were later than usual getting to CDC. And who else was just getting there, your Mom and Hayden. Before I could stop the car and get to Elle's door, she was out of the car telling them both that she spent the night at my house. Your Mom raised her arms and in a big way said, "no way"!! You had to be there; it was pretty cool. And so was she. Always happy. I will remember her for that.
Linda Shafer, Waterville
Elle Malczewski's grandmother
June 14, 2010
Mary,

Words cannot express how I feel today. You will always be remembered as "Mar Mar" that is what Kyle called you when you were his toddler teacher. Even today that is what his memory is. My memory is always of you smiling no matter what. Heaven just got brighter with you and Hayden. May God be with you and your family. May God also be with the Children Discovery staff and families whose lives were so positively impacted by Mary Walters.
Mary Jo Dickinson
June 14, 2010
I had the pleasure of knowing Mary through The Children's Discovery Center. She was an absolutely wonderful person and will be dearly missed.
Heather Dussia-Elliott
June 13, 2010
Im so sorry for your loss.
sherri mulkey
June 13, 2010
my sympathy is with you and your family trully sad in this tradgic evening such an inlighing smile it invites you mary has that touch to warm any heart in need truley Gods angel may God Bless the family.
patricia
June 13, 2010
Miss Mary and Hayden,

We were devastated to learn of this tragedy tonight after returning home. Our hearts are heavy with sadness sorrow, but we know you are safe and your arms are around Hayden protecting and loving him as you always have done. Miss Mary, I will miss you deeply as you greeted Cam and me every summer morning with your big bright smile and contagious laugh. I will miss our "front desk chit chats". You always knew how to pump me up for the work day ahead!.Mackenzie always thought you were a special lady too. One of the nicest people I have ever met in my life.God let us borrow you to show us goodness and grace. HE knew and you knew Hayden needed you so you ran to him as we knew you would do without hesitation! God Bless you Miss Mary & Hayden. Our deepest sympathies go out to Ryan and Maddie, your family and also your CDC family and friends during this difficult time........
Joe, Debbie, Mackenzie,& Cameron Hoffman
June 13, 2010
My children attended CDC for two years. Mary always greeted us with a smile and friendly hello. We will always have fond memories of Mary and our time at CDC. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. God bless,
Kim Kovin
June 12, 2010
Mary & Hayden I didn't know y-all ,but knew your brothers Chad,Dan ,so we are praying for you husband & daughter . May You Rest in Peace with God .Honey Lou Malik ,Holland ,Oh.
June 12, 2010
There are no words than can really help you through this horrific time. But know that there are so many people that you don't even know that are praying for your family during this difficult time. From a neighbor who cares from a neighboring village.
Sue
June 12, 2010
I am truly blessed to have known and loved Mary and Hayden. Mary was my rock and my role model and was such an influence in my life. She always coached me to pray and believe that God has a plan. Mary's faith and love for her family and friends was demonstrated in everything she did. I will never forget Hayden's big smile and how he was always Mary's big helper at CDC. Both Mary and Hayden hold a special place in my heart and I will never forget them. My thoughts and prayers are with Ryan and Maddie and the rest of the family.

With Love and Deepest Sympathy

Tracy McCullough
June 11, 2010
Mary and Amy:

Tingalay'O....come little donkey come. Tingalay'O...come little donkey come. Me donkey hee me donkey ha me donkey sit in a bed of straw...me donkey hee me donkey ha me donkey sit in a bed of straw.
Tingalay'O...come little donkey come. Tingalay'O...come little donkey come.

I have never forgotten that song and have held my babies, thinking of you two and smiling. Now I will look up and smile to you Mar....
Rene Mueller
June 11, 2010
Our deepest sympathy, we are saddened by the loss of both Mary & Hayden. Mary was the most spiritual, positive person we knew. We will be forever greatful for the mothering she gave our children while at CDC. We will always remember the Hello! We received every morning. We will miss those chats we had at the front desk. Mary you have touched so many. Mary and Hayden will forever be in our hearts.
nicole reece
June 11, 2010
To Mary and Hayden's family, I babysat for Delmos and Delorse for a few years and Mary was the sweetest little girl, my heart is with you as with the loss of a child no matter what age they are. I remember all the children that I have babysat at the church in Genoa. And the times I would just come and visit. We lose touch of a lot of people as time goes by, no matter how near or far we are! I pray that peace will eventually come to all of you!
No matter near or far we are from our children they are never far away from our heart!
Elizabeth(liz) Langham
June 11, 2010
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
MR&MRS JACK EMMITT
June 11, 2010
Mary, the people you have touched along this very short journey will forever leave a lasting mark. Your inspiration to become a woman we all hope to be and your faith in the Lord will keep you in our hearts forever. I will always remember your never ending smile, your contagious laugh and how you loved with no boundaries. I can only hope to be half the woman you were and I am forever changed simply by knowing you. I know you and Hayden are looking down on us and are at peace with your Savoir...God Bless and kisses to you and Hayden above.
Jenifer Jankord (Gurtzweiler)
June 11, 2010
My deepest sympathy and prayers for you Ryan and Maddie. It was a always a joy to talk to Mary on the phone.Her presence will be missed by all the smiles and laughter she brought to CDC. My kids and I knew her from the time she was at CDC in Holland and also in Waterville were she always greeted you with a warm smile. She's an amazing person.She & Hayden will be watching over you and Maddie.
Gwen @State Farm
June 11, 2010
We are so saddened by the loss of Mary and Hayden. We will miss seeing their beautiful smiles everyday. Mary - my girls absolutely adored you. You were always able to get the biggest smiles and giggles out of them. Thank you for making the parents feel like family at CDC. I will never forget some of our talks. You were such a wonderful mother and friend. You will both be so dearly missed. I hope for a speedy recovery for Ryan and Maddie and your whole family will be in my heart and prayers.
Julie (Hyndman) Krohn
June 11, 2010
I cannot even begin to express the sorrow I feel for your family. I hope dad you and your daughter are recovering. The journey will be long but know that the Lord is there. I used to work with Ms. Defriece and when you find out a connection the pain seems even greater.
Jayne Tingley
June 11, 2010
Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the family of Mary and Hayden. We have come to know and love Mary in the past 3 years that my children have attended CDC. Mary's warmth, kindness and enthusiam in everything she did made an impact on our lives and she will be dearly missed. A funny memory that I will never forget was when she pulled my son's first loose tooth because I couldn't do it - we all cheered for her! Hayden was such a cute little guy, so full of energy! My heart aches that their earthly lives are complete, but I am comforted to know that they are together and with the Lord. I will continue to pray for the healing of Ryan and Maddie.
God be with you all!
Jen, Liam and Caroline McGuckin
June 11, 2010
Dolores,
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. So sad to hear about Mary and the little one. Terry & Larry Groseclose
Terry Groseclose
June 11, 2010
Amy~ My heart goes out to you and your family. I am praying for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to restore your heart and spirit! My love to you, my friend.
Melissa K. Fortner
melissa fortner
June 11, 2010
To the family of Mary and Hayden: We are so sorry for the pain and heartache you are experiencing. Both of my boys had Mary as their preschool teacher at CDC in Holland. She was so energetic, sang to the kids and smiled all the time. :) They adored her. Although we didn't know Hayden it sounds like he had Mary's enthusiasm! Our thoughts and prayers with you always.

The Knott Family
Jamie, Janina, Zach & Cameron
June 10, 2010
To the Walters Family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Mary was so special to us. She always had a smile that lit up the room. I feel so lucky that she was such a big part of our lives. She was such a wonderful person. I feel so lucky to have known her......
Jennifer Kilbride
June 10, 2010
May you find peace in the promise that you will meet again. God bless your family during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you for comfort and for healing of Ryan and Maddie. They will live on through you.
Ashlee Nealis
June 10, 2010
The Walters family -- I have no idea what you are going through, but I do know that Scout cannot wait to have a play date with Maddie this summer. I am praying for all of you and know that Mary and Hayden are in a better place for them, but they sure are missed down here. May God be with your family and Ryan and Maddie in the days to come. Our prayers and love are being sent out to you ten-fold!! Scout Walters and family (School friend)
Sheri Walters
June 10, 2010
Robin,
We are praying for your family. Nephews are precious angels on earth and in heaven.
The Skelding Family
June 10, 2010
We have only known Mary for a short time, she was such a wonderful person! My daughters went to CDC, every time I walked throughthat door she greeted us with her beautiful smile. We are blessed to have had her in our lives. You will be missed!! We will keep your family in our prayers.

~Canfield Family
Carey Canfield
June 10, 2010
I worked with Mary for a few months and she was a good person and loved god lots. I remember when she had Hayden, how cute he was. May god bless them both.
Stacy Mauthe
June 10, 2010
Chase is heartbroken. We pray for Hayden's dad and Maddie every night. Mary was such a wonderful person and not a moment will pass that we will not think of them both when we enter or pass by CDC. You will both be missed.
Heather Lorenz
June 10, 2010
I just loved that obiturary. It really lifted my spirits. Mary was my ex wife's cousin and was undoubtedly my favorite family on her side. Her father Delmas and mother Deloros were two of the nicest people you'd ever meet and they raised four beutiful children the way children should be raised. My sincere condolences go out to both familes for your loss. I pray that God gives you the strength and understanding to deal with this loss. God Bless You All.
Jeff Jones Sr.
June 10, 2010
sorry for your loss - Krystal - Fremont ohio
June 10, 2010
I always seen Mary and Hayden so joyful at church!! I am praying for our family and a fast recovery for Maddie and Ryan! God Bless<3
Tina Henneman
June 10, 2010
Walters Family,CDC Family and friends,
Our hearts are breaking for all of you. There are no words to describe everyone's sorrow. Mary and Hayden you will forever be missed but I know that God is by your side. We pray for Ryan and Maddie now and in the days to come. I know you will be watching over them. Peace and love to all of you.
The Knauff Family
Noelle Knauff
June 10, 2010
Sorry over the loss in your family. our Love and prayers are with each of you.

The Lovings
Jim & Shelvia
June 10, 2010
So sorry for your lost my heart goes out to you and your family may god be watching over you and your family for the rest of your lives .
Connie Ferrell & family
June 10, 2010
We will miss you unconditionaly. May you enjoy your time in heaven! Till we meet again! We love you always!
Jessica Wyse
June 10, 2010
Mary and Hayden ~ May you have peace with Jesus! You will be missed and know that you are Loved! Watch over Ryan and Maddie and may peace be with them ALWAYS and that they know you are near until you meet again! LOVE ~ Kelly (Rickman) Hamill
Kelly Hamill
June 10, 2010
We are all praying for you. My sister MaryAnn Rody has kept us informed. God Bless you all
JoAnn Powaski
June 10, 2010
Mary was an amazing woman. She made my days at CDC great. She always had a smile and encouraging word for me. I loved our talks about our kids, our families and Christ in our lives. Hayden always made me smile and laugh. Kayla loved playing with him! I know you are with Jesus and smiling down on all of us. We are praying for Ryan and Maddie. I will always remember you and Hayden. God truely does have two very special angels!
Angie Fagley
June 10, 2010
While only knowing Mary a short time, she touched our hearts. Mary instantly made our family feel welcomed at CDC. We are blessed to have known Mary and Hayden and words cannot express how much they will be missed. There is comfort in knowing they are at home in the arms of the Lord. We continue to pray for family, friends and for the recovery of Ryan and Maddie.
Smucker Family
June 10, 2010
Ms. Mary
It hurts everyday we walk into school and you aren't there. We miss you terribly! Thank you for being such an inspiring presence in our lives.
The Cousino's.
June 10, 2010
SO SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE,MY HEART IS HURTING FOR ALL OF YOU, MY MIND IS SPEACHLESS FOR W ORDS, MAY THE WARMTH OF MEMORIES GIVE YOU COMFORT, YOUR IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, SINCERELY ANNA DROUILLARD
ANNA DROUILLARD
June 10, 2010
"In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the grace of God." ---Aeschylus. Our family is honored to have known you for so many years, and your smile will be missed at CDC. All of our Love, The Amstutz Family...Brian, Keena, Bryce & Emily.
Keena Amstutz
June 9, 2010
It is with a heavy heart that I think about saying goodbye to Mary. My children have attended Children's Discovery Center for the past few years and Mary was an important part of the special feeling there. When Mary was there, she always made a point to speak to every child and adult who entered and exited. She was so caring and loving and her presence will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband and daughter, as well as to the rest of her family, friends, and co-workers.
Erin Funk
June 9, 2010
Though I did not know Mary or Hayden, my hearts go out to their family and friends in their time of loss. God Bless you all during this tragedy.
Lisa H
June 9, 2010
Mary you are such a wonderful person, a loving mother and so full of joy, always. I will never forget your welcoming smile at work everyday and your genuine care for others especially the children at the daycare and your co-workers. We all respect you and love you very much. Hayden we miss you dearly and all of your spunk. We will always remember your smiles and giggles and how much you love your momma. God bless you both and God bless Ryan and Maddie for a speedy recovery. Mary and Hayden love you and will always be looking out for you.
Erin Mitchell
June 9, 2010
Mary, I'll miss the smile you would give me every morning on my way out the door. I remember the times you and Hayden would bring in doughtnuts for the staff and he would go with you to every room to make sure every teacher got one. I wish you could have finished my letter of recommendation; it would have truly been an honor. Your number one priority was the children, which was something that you instilled in me. I'll miss the nights that you would close and Hayden would beg to bring the basket of animal crackers out to the discovery room so he could share with all his friends and everyone could have one last snack. You and Hayden are in my thoughts and prayers. It was a privilege to know you and you have touched my life in ways you cannot know.
'What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.'
jessica quinn
June 9, 2010
To the entire family of Mary and Hayden Walters; We are sending you prayers of comfort during this time of unspeakable saddness. May the good Lord give you comfort and strength as you rebuild and recover.
Desiree Ray
June 9, 2010
Mary and Hayden~ words cannot express how sad we are by the loss of both of you. I am so glad and honored that i met and got to know you both. I will miss seeing both of your beautiful smiles every day! Love you guys!!!! xoxo
Sarah Duren
June 9, 2010
When someone special passes on it doesn't mean they are gone, though they are no longer with us their memory still lives on. It hurts so much to lose a friend, especially one that is trustworthy and kind. Mary, you were that special friend, a rare and special find. You will always be with me in spirit and in mind. You will always have a special place in my heart forever until the end of time. I will not say goodbye, this is not the end. So I will just say, so long until we meet again.
Sarah Vallejo
June 9, 2010
i am sorry about them
virginia bloom
June 9, 2010
I met Mary thur the Parent's Club at Walbrige. I have met her sister thur the club also. We only talked a couple of times. But I remember that the week of Teacher's appreciate week in May. Mary was putting starbursts in a bags and I was trying the ribbons on the bags. We were talking about our kids and other things. Mary was always happy-go-lucky woman. I never got to meet Hayden. They will be missed very much so. My prayers are with Ryan and Maddie.
Jane,John,Calvin and Anrew Crouch
Jane Crouch
June 9, 2010
For some things there are no words, only shoulders to lean on, hands to hold and hugs to comfort. My heart aches knowing that you were taken from your family and friends so soon. I know that you are at peace with Hayden and looking down from above with that big bright smile of yours. It was a pleasure working with you and being able to call you my friend. You touched the lives of many children who learned kindness from Ms. Mar-Mar. I also pray for a speedy recovery for Ryan and Maddie and hope that they will find peace in knowing they have two angels looking over them from Heaven.
Theresa Grimes
June 9, 2010
"Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!" We love you!!
Jennifer Roth
June 9, 2010
I cannot put into words my sadness of what has happened to Mary and Hayden. Mary was such an inspiration for life and Christ. She was a woman of pure faith and I can only pray to someday become half the woman and mother she was. Heaven just became a better place because of Mary and Hayden. Say Hi to Kelan for me :)
Jessa
June 9, 2010
Mary it seems like only yesterday I was sitting on break with the fattiest of foods and you and lisa had your gigantic salads set before you. your smile was enough to make my day better when it was bad, and for that I thank you. You were kind in your words and witty when needed. you were such an amazing woman, and hayden was such a spunky little boy with so much character. Whatever Gods reasoning for taking you, we may never know. We love you Mary and Hayden, and you have forever made an impact at each and every one of our lives.
Katii Rupp
June 9, 2010
I worked briefly with Ryan at Toledo Edison many years ago. Dan DeFriece was in Matt Ueberroth and Jennifer Sullwold's wedding.

I remember going to Delmos and Dolores' home twice when their daughter's gave Pampered Chef parties. I believe at the time Mary was engaged to Ryan.

The home was fun, happy and loving. May God's love and peace be with all of you during this difficult time.

Lynne Lark (Jennifer's Mom)
June 9, 2010
I had the privilege of meeting you Mary when Reagan and Caedan went to CDC and even after. You were always so cheerful and always put a smile on the kids faces! Whenever i needed something i could call you and you would always help. We always talked about how Hayden and Caedan were so much alike and so close in age. Such a sweet boy. We are still in shock, but know you and Hayden and your family are thought about everyday and we thank you for always being such a wonderful person with the greatest smile and personality. We will miss you!
Jamie Henderson
June 9, 2010
Mary, I will miss your laugh, smile and kind heart. You touched evryones lives. I will miss when I am leaving with the girls and you call out their nick names you gave them-"Bayley-Boo" and "Rothy"! I am a better person from having met you and you will always be in my thoughts and heart. I have found some peace knowing you are with you Father in Heaven, your dad, and sweet little Hayden. You knew he would be scared alone, so you chose to go with him. I know you are smiling down on us and when people are walking around at work, you are up there saying, "CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN!" Thank you for all that you have taught me. Hayden, take good care of your mama!
Jennifer Roth
June 9, 2010
Mary and Hayden you both will be deeply missed. I pray the peace and strength of God will fill your hearts during this difficult time.
Donetta Cowell
Old neighbor
Frederick Shull @Family
June 9, 2010
I am so sorry and saddened for your loss. Please know that your family and friends will be in my prayers during these difficult days. Nancy Sheets...
Nancy Sheets
June 9, 2010
My thoughts and prayers for the family.
Lori Trombly
June 9, 2010
We will miss you both so much! We love you and are so thankful you were a part of our lives!
Melanie Burns
Melanie Burns
June 9, 2010
I had the joyous opportunity of carpooling with Mary to UT for our social work classes. She was an amazing person, always full of smiles and we talked nonstop the whole way to school and back from school- never a quiet moment in the car with us! I consider myself lucky to have known such a dear person and family. My deepest sympathies to the family and prayers for Ryan and Maddie.
Stacey Wasserman
June 9, 2010
I worked with Mary at 2 different CDC centers and I will never forget her. She WAS a super fast talker and you had to wait for a minute after she finished talking so your brain could process her words. She was totally focused 100% of the time on things that meant the most to her. FAMILY/friends, GOD and her job. She was always good at her work and could take over at any moment, any task and do it well. I remember when she was pregnant with Hayden. This loss is one that will hurt all of us for a long time. We will remember her smiles. I find some peace when I think about Mary guiding Hayden into heaven. I don't think she wanted him to be there alone, and GOD agreed. Thank you GOD for the time you gave Mary and Hayden to us. May they wait at heavens gates for our arrival and may Ryan and Maddie find peace as well.
Jen Buck-Chapman
June 9, 2010
Mary and Hayden - You will never be forgotten! You have touched so many lives in such a special way. God has gained two very special angels......

Julie Mitchell
Julie Mitchell
June 9, 2010
I will truly miss seeing Mary's smiling face at daycare and seeing Hayden running around playing with my son and the other boys. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Willford
June 9, 2010
my thoughts and prayers go out to the grieveing familys
carmen k
June 9, 2010
I know you are in Gods arm watching over all of us from Heaven. We are all praying for a quick recovery for Ryan and Maddie. God Bless you and your family
Jessika
The Wilsons
June 9, 2010
Mary- I will miss your laugh and your continuous smile that would light up the room. Also, your kind words of advice and your passion for Christ and for life in general.You helped me become closer to Christ and to have more apprecation for life. Not to mention, you helped me learn how to organize at work and at home! "When in doubt, throw it out." I will certainly also miss my little "boyfriend" Hayden, and his hugs and kisses in the morning. Also his face getting red after I smothered him in kisses. :) I picture you telling Jesus that you needed to be in Heaven with Hayden, and the both of you happy with your bright smiles. You and Hayden will be forever in my heart and your families in my prayers. I know Jesus still has Maddie and Ryan here for a reason. I am praying for a fast recovery for them both. We love you Mary and Hayden and I know the wonderful spirit of you both will live on. ?
Lyndsay Stalma
June 9, 2010
I am still in shock thinking about what happened Sat night. I met Mary at CDC when she interviewed me for a job there 5 years ago, She was so kind to me and made me feel at such ease like we were just to people talking and her smile she had an amazing smile! I later got the job at the new CDC in waterville(when it was new) and Mary worked there as well and that is how I got to meet that sweet handsome little boy Hayden his laugh was the best belly laugh I had ever heard and he def got a smile from his mommy :) I used to call Hayden my little pudgy wudgy he was just so cute and such a wonderful baby!!! They will be greatly missed by family, friends, co-workers and teachers!! Mary now you and Hayden can rest with your dad who I often heard you talk about everytime you talked about your little Hayden Dell!!! I am praying for Ryan and Maddie its going to be a long road for them both but they will pull through!!:)
Mandy Foltz
June 9, 2010
Mary was such an amazing Wife, Mother and lover of Jesus. I can only imagine Mary in the presence of her Savior and know that she and Hayden are in complete peace. I miss your "fast speech & contagious laugh" already...
Lisa Feather
June 9, 2010
I never met you or yor loved ones. I just want to say how sorry I am for yor lost. We as people always wonder why people we love are taken away from us. Just remember that GOD, makes no mistakes, and he has a reason for everything he does or allows to happen in our lives. So please just remember all the good times: the birthday's the holidays the times you laughed so hard you thought your side was going to fall out of your body. Remember the trips and the pictures you have taken. Just remember and it will get easier and easier to deal with. Love a stranger
paula huckleby_knowles
June 9, 2010
To all of the DeFriece and Walters family - We are deeply saddened by the untimely loss of Mary and Hayden. We are continuing to pray for God to comfort you during this time. It is incredible to see and hear of the amount of strength you all show. You are truly examples of what having faith can do. May God bless you now and always.
- Jonathan and Lisa Trost and family
Jonathan and Lisa Trost and family
June 9, 2010
We remember seeing the Walters family and their bright shining faces in church every Sunday. Hayden & Mary will be deeply missed. My husband knew Mary when she was Mary DeFriece and even then she had a zest for life with a bright shining smile. Our hearts go out to the Walters family and we will be praying for you.
Mark & Patty Shull
June 9, 2010
TO THE FAMILY OF MARY AND HAYDEN...U DON'T KNOW ME BUT MY HEART ACHES FOR YOUR LOSS...I JUST WANT U TO KNOW THAT I HAVE PUT YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS AND I HOPE GOD HOLD EACH AND EVERYONE OF U REALLY, REALLY TIGHT...KNOW THAT U WILL C THEM AGAIN...GOD BLESS
BONITA ELLIS-WASHINGTON
June 9, 2010
Dear family, our hearts are heavy and we share in your grief.We are co-workers of Ryan and never had the chance to met Mary or Hayden but just know we are praying for all of you and for Ryan and Maddy, Cindy Rodriguez , Laura Wright (Hospice of Northwest Ohio)
June 9, 2010
We will always keep the Walters family as well as the kids and teachers at CDC in our prayers. We are so sorry for you loss.
the Pack family
June 9, 2010
My heart was truly broken when I heard of this tragedy. Heaven definitely has 2 more angels. I thought about the year I went with 14 of our youth to camp and the great time we had, and the awesome group of youth we had a ETBC. Mary's continuous smile will be in our hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Alice Dargartz
June 9, 2010
Mary was such a wonderful person. Mar Mar as my kids always called her has a special place in everyone's heart that has met her. Her loving smile and laugh will live on through all the lives she touched. Prayers go out to Ryan, Maddie, and the rest of her family at this difficult time.
Kidd Family
June 9, 2010
Words cannot express the saddness I feel for your sudden and tragic loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers for the days to come. With my deepest Sympathy I am truly sorry.
Jackie Greunke
June 9, 2010
My family was recently blessed with meeting the Walters and the Siglers through soccer. Hayden was an all star soccer player! What truly wonderful families! Mary was very outgoing, friendly and kind. God Bless the family. You are all in our thoughts, prayers and hearts. Until we meet again...
Chad & Kerri Wiley
June 9, 2010
I met Mary when I began volunteering in the nursery at Main St Church. I was so impressed by her way with the kids. She was also very kind to me and my kids. Her joy and kindness are what I will remember most about her. She is missed already. What a special person. I will keep Ryan and Madison in my prayers. Sarah (Walbridge, OH)
Sarah Morse
June 9, 2010
Even though I never had the opportunity to meet Mary or Hayden my heart sunk when I heard what had happen. My condolences go out to all of the family and friends of Mary and Hayden and God Bless. <3
~Brooke Davis
June 9, 2010
Our hearts go out to your family.
Teresa Studer
June 9, 2010
I pray that the peace and strength of God will fill your heart during this difficult time.
Zulema Lopez
June 9, 2010
I never met the Walter's family but they sound wonderful. Mary and Hayden are now beautiful angels watching over everyone. What you are going thru is so sad. Words cannot express what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.
Tara Ruswinkle
June 9, 2010
What a sweet person Mary was. How many times when she and Tara were youths they were constantly together. We have watched you grow into the woman you had become and even when life took you into different directions from us, you and Tara still remained friends. We will miss your smiling face. I just told someone yesterday how fast you would talk...and many times I would need to tell you to SLOW DOWN so my hearing would keep up with your talking. We pray continually for Ryan and Maddie and for their healing. We already miss you, and as Tara wept she reminded us that we will all see you again. She states what a wonderful Christian women you were and without a doubt where you are at now. May the rest of us find peace through all of this.
Beverly Trost
June 9, 2010
Words cannot come close to expressing how I am saddened for the loss of my new friend and her too cute and loving son. Mary was the first person I met when we moved here to the Lake Township and Walbridge Elementary. I only knew her since October but knowing that is it makes it more difficult to get passed. Her smile and laughter at our school functions, class parties, and our PTO meetings brought such joy. She raved about my "fancy" snacks during our meetings and always made me smile. Our daughters were best buddies in school and had plans to get Maddie to Nana's so she could come across the street to our house. Olivia is extremely heartbroken and we pray for Maddie for a speedy recovery and peace as she starts to move forward. We pray that her Daddy makes a speedy recovery so that they can help each other. Our thoughts and prayers for all the family and friends who have suffered this loss. I am eternally grateful that I got to become friends with Mary for this short time than to have never met her at all. I pray with tears and a heavy and broken heart.

Keith, Traci, and Olivia Fountain
Traci Fountain
June 9, 2010
Though I haven't had the chance to meet Mary and Hayden in person, I felt to have known them for a long time. Hayden's daddy, Ryan is one of my classmate at Spring Arbor University. I have known Ryan for 18 mos. and that was how I learned about Hayden and Mary. Ryan posted the picture of him running the marathon with little Hayden following him along the sideline. There was tears in Ryan's eyes that one Tuesday night as we shared our life story for class project for his love and passion to Hayden. Mary's name had become familiar to our ears as well since Ryan brought her the Michebag as her surprise Christmas gift last December. From the bottom of my heart I send my deepest condolence and prayer for the Walters family.
Decy Atyadewi
June 9, 2010
Mary and Hayden, you both will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. God bless.
June 9, 2010
My thoughts of Mary will always be of her caring and compassionate ways and her energetic laugh. My daughters loved her and always wanted to help her work at Childrens Discovery Center. She always had a light and sparkle in her eyes when she spoke of Maddie & Hayden. I will never forget talking about our daughters first day of school and how we followed their buses to school. The world lost a beautiful woman and an amazing little boy. Mary and Hayden will be missed by all those whose lives they touched. They were both loved very dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with Ryan, Maddie and all of those who knew and loved them.
Mike, Jackie, Mariah & Jordan Stalter
June 9, 2010
I will remember Mary as a loving, caring person who made the children at CDC feel special. I will always remember her saying she needs to" put a book on top of Maddie's head to keep her from growing so fast". I will always keep her and her family in my prayers.
Amy Divis
June 9, 2010
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