February 27, 2016
202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 3/4/2016 14:00:00
Willard OH 44890 3/5/2016 11:00:00
Edith Ann Divers Painter, 63, passed away peacefully at her home on February 27, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was born December 30, 1952 in Oberlin to the late Harold L. “General” Divers and Marianne E. Ashbrook Divers.
She was a 1971 graduate of Western Reserve High School. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1975 with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She obtained her Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from The Ohio State University in 1984.
She briefly worked for The Ohio State University, The Ohio Exposition Commission, and in retail management before dedicating her career to education. She first taught Home Economics, and was later a Guidance Counselor and Special Needs Coordinator at Willard City Schools. She did many things to promote educational advancement including being one of the early advocates of students to take non-traditional courses in Home Economics and Shop in Junior High as well as establishing one of the initial high school career days involving local industries and employers. She was awarded the prestigious Ohio’s Career Education Association award in 1995 for her career day work. Outside of her profession, Edie was also very active in giving back to her community. She served the City of Willard as a Firefighter, EMT, and Rescue Diver. During her service to the city, she also helped coordinate the Miss Flame program and wrote the script for the several of the first Mock Accidents to promote the awareness of drinking and driving dangers. Edie was also an advocate and facilitator of many teen and community outreach programs, as well as a leader of the Willard Boy Scout Troop and a 4-H supporter while her children were young. She was a member of WEA, OEA, NEA, as well as a Lifetime member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Member of the Huron County Genealogy Society. She was also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she helped with and taught Bible School when her children were young.
Edie did many other things throughout her life such as holding several professional positions like, WEA Vice President and President, and National Honor Society advisor. Her giving nature led to her being selected for awards such as the Paul Harris Fellow by the Willard Rotary and as Huron County Child and Family Professional of the Year in 2007.
Edie is survived by her husband of 38 years, Mark, whom she married October 30, 1977, their 3 children and spouses: Kent (Becky), and granddaughter Emmy Painter of Huron, Ross (Lindsay) Painter of Willard, and Carisa Painter of Willard.
She is also survived by a sister, Dorothy (Tom) McGuinness of Mansfield, TX, a brother King (Deb) Divers of Milan, her mother-in-law, Naomi Painter of Willard, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be at Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Janet Wittenmyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Willard. Memorial contributions may be made to: Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
Dear Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. Edie was a great lady who helped one of my sons, who was having a difficult time, in High School. It left a lasting impression with me. What a dear lady she was. May the Lord comfort you and your whole family. My thought and prayers are with you!
Mark and Family, my prayers go out to you today and in the days to follow. Edie was one in a million and that is apparent in all the lives she touched.God Bless her and may she rest in peace.
We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
Thoughts and prayers to Edie’s family and friends. She was an inspiration to many. May your faith, family and friends be with you in the coming days.
To the entire Painter Family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Edie was an outstanding person, and she will be missed by so many. For myself, growing up in Willard, the Painter Family was sort of my second family. I will always, always, remember Edie for her constant encouragement, support, understanding, generosity, and kindness for others. May God always bless Edie.
Mark and Family,
We are so heart broken over Edie, may God give you the strength you need to help you through this sad time. Keep in mind that Edie is resting now and not in pain anymore. God is taking care of her now. We loved her.
Mick, Sandi and Michaella
My deepest condolences on the loss of a great lady. RIP Mrs Painter, you were one of the best!
My condolences, Mark. I was very sorry to learn this news today. What a loss for your family and the community. May the love and strength of family you built together give you comfort in the future.
So sorry to hear of Edie’s passing. She was a great guidance counselor and wonderful person.
Ross,Lindsay and family, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family’s. Love you!!!
Mark & family,
We were so surprised and saddened to hear that Edie had passed. After working closely with her for many years, I can say that she will always remain one of the greatest ladies I have ever known. The world has lost a phenomenal spirit. May she rest in peace. Please accept our sympathy.
Our deepest sympathy to the Painter family. Eternal rest for Edie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Roger and Janet Hines
Edie was an extremely dedicated and hard working educator. She touched the lives of many young people for many years. May she rest in peace.
Mark & Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May your special memories and God’s love bring you peace in the difficult days ahead.
Remembering you in prayer!
Cindy Van Wagner-Alt & family
My sympathy too the Painter Family in the loss of your wife, mother sister and daughter-in-law. May all the memories of the happy times spent help you throughout the difficult days ahead.
We are so sorry to hear of Edie’s passing. She was always one to give to others and help in any way possible. She touched so many lives in so many different capacities, she will truly be missed. May God grant you all comfort at this sad time.
Greg and Marilyn Sands
Mrs. Painter was a wonderful, great spirited person. I enjoyed her in the classroom, as a neighbor and I did some babysitting for Kent when he was a child. I’m so sorry for your loss, may she rest in peace.