NOVI, Mich. — Mary Eldora (Fishburn) Mintier, 98, passed away while sleeping on Oct. 3, 2011, at her home in Novi, Mich.
Mary was born Sept. 12, 1913, to Squire and Lucretia May Fishburn on the farm on Mink Road near Brandon, Ohio, the middle child between Matilda (Tilly Snively) and Flaudean (Jim) Schlariet. Matilda died April 10, 2003, in Mansfield and Flaudean died one week before Mary in Marion.
Mary was married to John Lawson Mintier on Sept. 1, 1935, in Wellsburg, W.Va., who passed away July 1, 1967. Their loving marriage produced three surviving children. Pamela Brown (Tom) of Novi, Mich., John Fishburn Mintier (Linda Chyung) Evanston, Ill., and Gary Edward Mintier (Mary Ann Llewellyn) of Hampstead, N.C. Mary was fond of saying, “I had you kids when you were in diapers, when you were teenagers in high school, and while you were professionals, and now that you are all retired.” Her three children produced nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Following her life as a homemaker, upon becoming a widow, she attended Mount Vernon Business School and became a bookkeeper for Worley’s Mens’ Fashions, eventually becoming a “fixture” on Main Street by selling clothes on the floor.
A near life-long member of Gay Street Methodist Church, Mary’s children will host a memorial service in the chapel there on Monday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. for friends of Mary and her family. A luncheon at the church will follow. Internment in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens will be attended by family members after the luncheon.
Submitted by John Mintier.
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