Mary Lou McNamee, 84, a lifetime resident of West Mansfield, died peacefully Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at her home with her family at her side.
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 will also be remembered for driving a school bus for the Logan County MRDD for over 30 years. Mary Lou was a lifetime member of the West Mansfield United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and was active with the United Methodist Women. A 1946 graduate of Bokescreek Local High School, Mary Lou was an active volunteer in the West Mansfield community, helped organize the annual Memorial Day Celebration through her involvement in the American Legion #603 Women’s Auxiliary, and hosted a popular radio program each Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. on the Hometown USA radio show. She enjoyed travelling 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.
She was born November 3, 1928, in West Mansfield, to the late Herman G. and Lillis Atkinson Bechtel. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Bechtel, and a brother-in-law, Lester McNamee.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Lloyd G. “Doc” McNamee, to whom she was married on September 6, 1947, in Walton, Kentucky; her 4 daughters, Linda (Joe) Hughes, Bellefontaine; Luann (Jim) Culp and Lorre (Ron) Culp, each of West Mansfield; and Leesa McNamee, Studio City, CA; 9 grandchildren, Amy (Scott) Fecher, Jennifer (Nathan) Kearns, Betsy (Luke) Reames, Ann (Chad) Carpenter, Jon (Holly) Culp, Joe Culp, Andrea Culp and her fiancé, Jon Hoch, Jeff (Megan) Culp, and Lila McNamee; 8 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Audrey, Zane, Rowan, Evan, Elliot, Eli, and Wyatt; her sister-in-law, Arlene Bechtel, West Mansfield; many friends and neighbors, and her church family.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013, at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield. The funeral service will be held Saturday, February 2, at 11:00 a.m. at Millcreek Church of Christ. Reverend Doug Thompson will officiate and burial will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions to be made to the Joe & Pat Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund which is administered through the West Mansfield United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.