GALION — Mary Louise (Rathburn) Duffey, “Louise,” 95, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Mill Creek Nursing Center, Galion.
She was born Feb. 21, 1917, in Morrow County to parents, Pearl Samuel and Lottie Jane (Allen) Rathburn.
Her husband of 71 years, Leslie B. Duffey; preceded her in death April 19, 2008. They were married May 8, 1937.
Louise graduated from Logan High School, Logan, as an honor student in 1935. She was an active member of Immanuel United Methodist Church for over 66 years before moving to Mount Vernon in 2005, where she attended the Gay Street United Methodist Church and Varsity Sunday School Class. Louise was a retired saleslady. She was a 4-H leader for The Sewing Queens Club for many years and was active in the Home Extension Clubs. She was a former member of the Hocking County Genealogical Society and the former Four Seasons Garden Club, the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, the American Rose Society, and the Lancaster Rose Club. She was a life member of the Olivedale Senior Center in Lancaster.
Louise cherished the times spent with her children and grandchildren, family and friends. She enjoyed traveling and had been in all 50 states, much of Canada and the Atlantic Provinces. Her other hobbies included: sewing, flower arranging, baking, gardening and genealogy research.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters and their husbands, Rosetta and (Lester) Smith, Winifred and (John) Dougherty, Ida and (Chester) Higgins; and brother-in-law Earl Layman.
She is survived by daughter, Doris (Elmore) Beale of Galion; son, Ronald (Sally) Duffey of Gahanna; five grandsons, Scott Duffey of Eau Claire, Wis., Mark (Gina) Duffey of Zionsville, Ind., David (Jennifer) Beale of Powell, Steven Beale of Galloway, and Brian (Jamie) Beale of Augusta, Mich.; fifteen great-grandchildren; one brother and sister, Sam Rathburn and Thelma Layman of Utica; and several nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service, conducted by The Rev. Gerald Frazee from Immanuel United Methodist Church, was held for the immediate family at the Smith Chapel Cemetery, Logan. Heinlein-Brown Funeral Home, Logan, was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial expressions may be made in Louise’s memory to Immanuel United Methodist Church, 66 E. Hunter St., Logan, OH 43138 or Gay St. United Methodist Church, 19 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 or Home Care Matters Hospice, 126 Harding Way, Galion, OH 44833.
Letters to the family may be sent to the following website: www.brownfuneralservice.net.
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