L. Marie Meffley obituary


L. Marie Meffley, 91, went to join Jesus, her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at the Frieda House in Willow Ridge, Bluffton, Ohio. Marie was born in Montcoal, West Virginia on March 6, 1931, to the late Arlie and Lenora (Dravenstott) Milam.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, John Meffley; one son, Benjamin Lewis Stanley; her sisters, Joyce Faye Beasley, Viola Katherine Barry; brothers, Arlie Jr. Milam, Marvin Eugene Milam and Billy Joe Milam. She is survived by her sisters, Betty Ann (Andrew) Pomeroy and Patricia Kay (James) Gonzalez, both of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Barbara (Daniel) Steiner of Bluffton; stepchildren, Pamela (Larry) Preuter of Surprise, Arizona, Johanna (Larry) Chaffins of Palestine, Texas, Debra (Steve) Weygandt of Grove City, Ohio, Bruce (Diane) Meffley of Pandora; eleven grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mary was happiest when she worked or volunteered. Early in her professional career, she started as a car jumper in her hometown of Beckley, West Virginia, and later learned to be a butcher at a local grocery store. After moving to Elyria, Ohio, she started working at the local Kroger store, where she enjoyed talking to customers while checking out their groceries. Many times, customers were waiting in her queue to chat and catch up, while other cashiers had no customers. After moving to Bluffton, Ohio, she volunteered at the Mennonite Memorial Home in the craft room, helping residents sew/make items to sell at the annual craft show. She volunteered at the Lima YWCA after marrying John Meffley and moving to Lima.

Marie has been known to show up with a bowl of potato salad on the doorstep of a friend or neighbor who has lost a loved one or recently had a baby. She was generous with her time to those around her and was happiest when working or volunteering to help others. After retiring, she continued oil painting, making baby quilts, and using her sewing skills for her children and grandchildren.

Marie was a long-time member of the Ebenezer Mennonite Church in Bluffton, Ohio.

A memorial service at the graveside will begin at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 8, 2022 at Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery in Bluffton; all friends are welcome. Dick Potter and Marie’s grandson, Phillip Steiner will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to www.be2live.org (his grandson’s ministry) or to the Ebenezer Mennonite Church Mission Fund.

Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


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