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Mary E. Harpest

September 9, 1917 — August 16, 2020

Mary E. Harpest

Mary E. Harpest, “Mama Bear” to those who knew and loved her, age 103 of Bellefontaine, Ohio passed away at her home with her daughter Rosemary by her side Sunday, August 16, 2020.

She was born in Logan County Ohio September 9, 1917, a daughter of the late Ernest B. and Florence Dessie (Spurlock) Lyon.

On October 1, 1938, she married Willis V. Harpest in Bellefontaine and he preceded her in death December 15, 1993.  Also preceding her in death were two sons, Bill Harpest on March 26, 2020 and Ron Harpest on January 7, 2020; two grandsons, Kerry Harpest and Larry Harpest Jr.; two brothers, Fred Lyon and Roger Lyon; a sister, Ethel Davis and a son-in-law, Mike Berry.

Survivors include her children, Larry Harpest, Rosemary Harpest and Vownetta “Kookie” Berry; her grandchildren, Shannon and Shawn Harpest, Mark Harpest and Jan (Tom) Schneumann; several nieces and nephews and a daughter in law, Patsy Harpest.

Mary enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing cards in her younger years.  She spent a lot of her time keeping her lawn and flowers nice and helping her husband for the Harpest Water Well Drilling business.

She was a great lady, well respected, loved by many and will truly be missed.

Mary has now been called home and Jesus was there with open arms to greet her at Heaven’s Gate.

Due to COVID-19, all services will be held privately with burial at the Zanesfield Cemetery in Zanesfield, Ohio. The family asks that you be symptom-free and please wear a mask if attending the private services.

The staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Bellefontaine is honored to serve the Harpest family.


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