Mary Leona Nease, 87, of Racine, Ohio passed away on January 6, 2017 at Overbrook Nursing Center. She was born on April 2, 1929 in Pomeroy, Ohio daughter of the late Clifford Hiller and Ocey Osborne Hiller.
The family lived in Pomeroy several years and relocated to East Liverpool, Ohio. She met Fred Nease and they were married and returned to Meigs County where the couple built a house on the Nease Family farm. They conducted a poultry business, raising turkeys and chickens along side operating a dairy farm with Fred’s brother David, milking Jersey cows.
Mary was a first class seamstress, altering clothes for people, making original garments and working with the Forest Run Quilters creating beautiful quilts.
Mary was a member of the Forest Run United Methodist Church where she was very active for many years serving as a Sunday School teacher and church treasurer. She was also a long time member of the Wildwood Garden Club.
She is survived by her children, Daniel (Kellee) Nease of Racine, Lee Ann (Brad) Smith of Gallipolis, Ohio and Stephen Nease of Portland, Ohio; four grandchildren, Josh (Heather) Smith, Jacob Nease, Caitlin Nease and Ben Nease; her brother, Clifford Eugene (Penny) Hiller of Youngstown, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Sterling Nease.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jim Corbitt officiating at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy. Burial will follow at Gilmore Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Forest Run United Methodist Church.
A registry is available at www.andersonmcdaniel.com.