Mary Lou Plank, 82, of West Liberty, passed away at 5:35 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Green Hills Inn in West Liberty, Ohio. She was born to the late William and Mary Ellen (Taylor) Miller on December 27, 1938 in West Liberty, Ohio and was adopted by the late Chauncey G. and Pearl A. (Detwiler) Smucker.
On November 10, 1957, Mary Lou married Samuel Clifford Plank Jr. in West Liberty, Ohio and he survives, along with their five daughters, Pam (Doug) Webb of West Liberty, Sandy (Ed) Muth of Bellefontaine, Lisa (Kim) Fortney of Idaho, Jane (Todd) Steen of California, and Rosie (Brent) Nafziger of Indiana; 11 grandchildren, Cherie (Sig) dela Rama, Heidi (Andy) Myers, Jill (Eric) Foster, Cortney (Nick) Oakley, Jerrod Hostetler, Kevin (Brea) Fortney, Matt (Abbie) Fortney, Zac Steen, Jake Steen, Riley Nafziger, and Dylan Nafziger; 12 great grandchildren; two sisters, Donna (Lee) Plank and Ann Mast; a brother, Joe (Cheryl) Smucker; and a sister-in-law, Ebbie Smucker. In addition to her parents and adoptive parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Neil Hostetler, a brother, Robert Smucker; and a brother-in-law, Ellis Mast.
Besides raising five daughters, Mary Lou cooked many meals for farm hands, worked at Marie’s Candies, Huntington Bank, Design Harness, and Anderson Ford. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed puzzles, playing board games, reading, and especially spending time with her family. She had a keen interest in her grandchildren’s activities.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Inurnment will be in Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty, Ohio at a later date.
The staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty is honored to serve the Plank family.