Mary Mem Westfall

July 18, 1953 - January 14, 2015

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:00 AM Kingscreek United Methodist Church


Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

Mary Lynn Mem Westfall, 61, of Kingscreek passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, in her home on the farm that she loved.
She was born on July 18, 1953 in Newark, Ohio. Mem was a 1971 graduate of Anthony Wayne High School in Waterville. She graduated from Otterbein College in 1975 and went on to earn her master’s degree from the University of Dayton.
While in college, she had the opportunity to travel and see the world. She spent a semester at sea, studying between ports, and visiting many countries in Asia. This was one of the most defining times in her life. She loved to reminisce about her travels and adventures.
Mem retired after many years teaching at Triad High School. She got so much joy seeing her former students around town. She later joined Delta Kappa Gamma, a retired teachers’ sorority, because she wanted to continue to contribute to education. Mary Kay also played a huge role in Mem’s life as she was an Independent Beauty Consultant for more than 20 years. She loved the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and help everyone to feel more beautiful.
Mem was a member of the Kingscreek United Methodist Church. The friends she made there meant the world to her. The Sunday service and lunch with everyone afterwards was the highlight of her week, every week.
Mem was active in government too. She was a member of the Governor’s Council for People With Disabilities helping to implement ADA laws to better the lives of thousands of Ohioians with disabilities. From there, she went on to serve on the Statewide Independent Living Council, of which she still served fighting to keep people independent and in their own homes.
Mem was also served on the board for Canine Companions for Independence where she devoted her time and love for service dogs after her first experience with her own canine companion, Maggie, followed by Fiesta, and finally Jona.
Mem’s greatest asset in her life was the people in her life. She loved all of her friends so much. Any time she could spend with her friends made her so happy. She touched many lives and found great joy in the many people she knew and loved.
She is survived by her sons Micah (Cheng Her) Westfall and Malin (Miranda) Westfall, her grandchildren Max, Maddie, and Mason, her brothers Neil (Trudy) Miller of Zumbrota, MN and Dale (Ann Easton) Miller of Colorado Springs, CO, her niece and nephew Sara (Collin) Harstad and Brian (Fia) Miller, her great nieces and nephews Owen and Molly Harstad and Caleb and Devon Miller, as well as her special friend Jami Hutchins.
She is preceded in death by her parents Ward B and Addie Neville (Grubbs) Miller.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 – 8 pm on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Kingscreek United Methodist Church with Pastor David Brown officiating. Graveside Services will be held at 3 pm at Highland Memory Gardens, Waterville, OH.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Canine Companions for Independence, 4989 Ohio 37, Delaware, OH 43015. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com


Lori Forrest - Jan 22, 2015

In memory of ***MEM***
Your beautiful face radiant with strength and dignity. You chose love and kindness. I will always remember you and draw strength from your example.

God’s blessings to all of MEM’s family,
Lori Forrest

Connie Mounsey - Jan 21, 2015

My prayers to Micah, Neil, Dale and families. I am a cousin from Indiana. I’m Jo Spade’s daughter, Connie and was close to Mary Lynn growing up when we visited our grandmothers in Garrett. We have talked several times recently and I knew her health was failing. We talked as recent as several months ago. She called me a year ago when my husband was in Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne after suffering a heart attack. What a surprise to have a wonderful conversation. I loved Mary Lynn and I am so sorry for your loss. Another angel has touched the face of God, for that we can be sure. I’ll be thinking of you in the days ahead. Prayers to all of her family and friends.

Lisa Nichols - Jan 21, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. While I didn’t see her much in recent years, it was a breath of fresh air when our paths would cross. She was an amazing lady!As my high school science teacher she had a huge impact on my life. I decided to attend Otterbein College because of her.
She was a rare beauty – beautiful on the inside just as much as the outside.
I am a better person for knowing her and blessed to have her in my life.
Sincerely, Lisa Ferryman Nichols

Bob & Mary Butler - Jan 20, 2015

Both Bob and I and the Ohio SILC have lost a long-time friend and Council Member. Mem was appointed by Governor Taft in the 1990s to SILC and served six years. She went off for a few years (mandatory) and then agreed to come back and serve again. She was appointed by Governor Kasich and was enjoying her second tenure with OSILC when she died unexpectedly
January 14. We all are heartbroken at losing Mem. Mem and I both had service dogs, so we enjoyed talking about them. We send condolences to Mem’s family and friends and know they will miss her smile and her wisdom as we will..

Lisa Marn - Jan 20, 2015

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Mem was a dear friend. We met on Governor’s Council and she encouraged me to apply for a service dog through CCI. She was a wonderful advocate for people with disabilities. We will miss her!

Maryand Gene Williams - Jan 19, 2015

We are thankful for having had her and her family in our lives back here in Waterville when she, Dale and Neil were in their youth. So sorry to hear of her death – she has been such a strong beautiful young

Bob Doersam - Jan 19, 2015

It was very sad to hear of Mem’s passing last week. My heartfelt condolences to her family. Mem was a valued member of our Council. Mem was personally responsible for introducing the statewide Council to important endeavors in Ohio, such as Ohio AgrAbility. Her knowledge and her insights will be greatly missed at the Ohio Independent Living Council. I will personally miss her encouragement and counsel.
Bob Doersam, Chair
Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC)

Rebecca (Chamberlain) Jones - Jan 18, 2015

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I had Mrs. Westfall as a science teacher at Triad in the mid 80’s. She was a great teacher and an inspiration to so many people! I know she will be missed by so many people. So glad to have known her!

Brandon Streitenbergee - Jan 18, 2015

Mary was a great teacher and a very nice person. She is a big reason why I became a teacher.

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