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Mary Lou McNamee


Mary Lou McNamee, 84, a lifetime resident of West Mansfield, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at her home with her family at her side.

She was born in West Mansfield on Nov. 3, 1928, to the late Herman G. and Lillis Atkinson Bechtel. She also was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Bechtel, and a brother-in-law, Lester McNamee.

On Sept. 6, 1947, she married Lloyd G. “Doc” McNamee in Walton, Ky., and he survives, along with four daughters, Linda (Joe) Hughes of Bellefontaine, Luann (Jim) Culp and Lorre (Ron) Culp, both of West Mansfield, and Leesa McNamee of Studio City, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Amy (Scott) Fecher, Jennifer (Nathan) Kearns, Betsy (Luke) Reames, Ann (Chad) Carpenter, Jon (Holly) Culp, Joe Culp, Andrea (fiancé Jon Hoch) Culp, Jeff (Megan) Culp and Lila McNamee; eight great-grandchildren, Tyler, Audrey, Zane, Rowan, Evan, Elliot, Eli and Wyatt; her sister-in-law, Arlene Bechtel of West Mansfield; many friends and neighbors; and her church family.

A loving homemaker, Mary Lou was a devoted wife and beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked many hours beside her husband on the family farm and was an integral partner with him in the operation of McNamee’s Sohio.

She also will be remembered for driving a school bus for the former Logan County MRDD for more than 30 years.

A lifetime member of the West Mansfield United Methodist Church, she sang in the choir and was active with the United Methodist Women.

She was a 1946 graduate of Bokescreek Local High School and was an active volunteer in the West Mansfield community, helped organize the annual Memorial Day Celebration through her involvement in American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 603, and hosted Hometown USA, a popular radio program, each Saturday at 11 a.m.

She enjoyed traveling to many Air Force reunions through the years with her husband and visiting her daughter in California. She treasured time spent with her family and always had a smile to share.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield. The Rev. Doug Thompson officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Millcreek Church of Christ. Burial is in Greenlawn Cemetery, West Mansfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions be made to the Joe & Pat Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered through the West Mansfield United Methodist Church.

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