Mary Gartrell

December 6, 1917 - November 4, 2018
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Mary Gartrell, died Sunday at the Hennis Care Center in Bolivar one month short of her 101st birthday. She was born Mary Gamble in Sherrodsvile, Ohio Dec. 6, 1917. Mary was the 4th of the five Gamble girls known for their brains, looks, and skill as basketball players. After marrying Ralph Gartrell, her high school swe…

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Mary Gartrell, died Sunday at the Hennis Care Center in Bolivar one month short of her 101st birthday. She was born Mary Gamble in Sherrodsvile, Ohio Dec. 6, 1917. Mary was the 4th of the five Gamble girls known for their brains, looks, and skill as basketball players. After marrying Ralph Gartrell, her high school sweetheart, in 1939, Mary followed her soldier husband to the West Coast and was employed in war industry jobs.

After the war, Mary spent her life as a homemaker and mother of her daughter, Jean Ann Alter (Jim). She enjoyed spending time picnicking at her country property with her sisters, who were her best friends. A superb athlete, Mary enjoyed sports throughout her life, shooting hoops and playing softball into her 80s. She played basketball and softball in her youth and was a shuffle- board champion when she aged. Mary loved sharing poetry and songs with her daughter, grandchildren and caregivers.

With her husband, Mary traveled to Alaska by car, ship and plane at least ten times to visit her daughter’s family. Ralph and Mary wintered in Florida for many years. After Ralph’s death Mary spent time in Alaska and spent winters in Hawaii with her family.

In addition to her daughter, Mary is survived by three grandchildren: Geoffrey Alter of Juneau, Alaska, Kirsten Alter (Dennis Fielding), Kathryn Alter (Luis Guzman), six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Harry R. and Rose Ann Minnick Gamble, sisters Rose Phillips (Jack), Katherine Merrick (Earl), Virginia Cheslock (Frank), and Dorothy Norris (Chuck). Also preceding her were her brothers Earl Gamble (Catherine) and Harry Gamble (Francis) and her sister-in-law Wanda Gamble, and the Gartrell parents, siblings and spouses of her husband of sixty years, Ralph.

During the last ten years, Mary received love and care from Evie and Todd Steele and the staff of Hennis Care Bolivar.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, November 11th at 2:00 PM at Ridgecrest Memory Gardens, Dover, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the International Rescue Committee, (www.Rescue.org) or Doctors without Borders (www.doctorswitoutborders.org).

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Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm

Ridgecrest Memory Gardens

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1926 Saltwell Rd Nw, DOVER, OH, 44622

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A graveside service will be held at Ridgecrest Memory Gardens, Dover, Ohio.


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Doctors Without Borders

PO Box 5030
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030

International Rescue Committee

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Born: December 6, 1917
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

gc posted on 11/14/18

My sincere condolences to the family. God is for you a refuge and strength. A help that is there to be found during difficult times. May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead (Psalm 62:18)

 

Anne Hurst Hall posted on 11/11/18

This is to extend my sincere sympathy to Jean Ann and all family. I remember when you and your parents lived behind Welty Junior High School during the time your dad was our football coach. He was a friend of my late father, Dale (Hurst), who was the photographer for the former Daily TImes newspaper and he saw/spoke with Ralph many times. Your dad asked my dad if I would be allowed to babysit for you when your parents went away and of course.... I was allowed. All I can say is that those past years were an enjoyable time. Your parents were always so nice to me. Time DOES fly, doesn't it. Your parents touched many lives and they won't be forgotten. I'll keep you in my prayers. Sincerely, Anne Hurst Hall

 

PJ posted on 11/9/18

My husband and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of your beloved Mary. Although we hadn’t had the opportunity to meet Mary personally we do understand the pain of losing one so dear to our hearts. We would like to share with you comfort we have experienced from Gods word found in 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. Our Heavenly Father is truly a wonderful source of comfort, for he is always there for the broken hearted and he truly cherishes you, especially now in your time of sorrow. ( Psalm 34:18, 1 Peter 5:7) Please take a few moments, share your memories with those who surround you, for the memories shared are the ones most truly cherished, may they bring you comfort and peace as you begin to heal. Take care of yourselves and each other during this very difficult time.

 

Susan Davis posted on 11/8/18

Sincerest sympathy to your family. Johnny and Sue Davis

 

Joan Oster posted on 11/7/18

Mary was so sweet when she was a resident at Hennis. Taking care of her was an honor of mine. May she and her classic tunes be missed.

 

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