Mary Harter

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202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 10/8/2008 18:00:00

202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 10/9/2008 11:00:00

Mary Ruth Simpson Harter, age 83, resident of Willard, passed away on October 7, 2008. She was born on September 2, 1925 in Ambrosia, WV to the late Gaylord and Delia (Plants) Simpson and had been a long time resident of Willard. She graduated from Newark High School, Class of 1943. With her husband Russel, she was the owner and operator of Village Pastry Shop in Willard for 32 years. She was an active member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Willard and a past member of the 20th Century Club.
She is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn Squires of Willard and Deborah (Jim) Turner of Sunbury, Ohio; a son, Bruce (Kathy) Harter of Willard; seven grandchildren, Micah (Becky) Squires of IN, Matthew (Sarah) Squires of MA, Allison (Darren) Wiers of Willard, Erin (Brandon) Lewis of Powell, Miranda (Curby) Slone of Willard, Amanda Harter of Willard, and Chase Harter of Willard; and seven great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Russel F. Harter in 1987; her parents; and two sisters, Barbara Beale and Lillian Wilson.
Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 from 6-9PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 11AM with Rev. Doug Winner officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Memorial contriubtions may be made to Willard Area Food Bank, 8 S. Myrtle, Willard, OH 44890 or Grace United Methodist Church, 108 W Maple, Willard, OH 44890.. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Shirley Oliver - Oct 22, 2008

Dear Carolyn, Debbie, Bruce and families,
When I returned from Florida, I had the notice of your Mother’s passing. My deepest sympathy is extended to all of you.
I have many wonderful memories of time spent with your Mother and Dad. Russ and I always enjoyed the time we spent with them.
Your mother had a wonderful smile and made everyone so comfortable.
May you cherish all the wonderful memories.
Shirley Oliver

Linda Veletean - Oct 14, 2008

Dear Carolyn, Debbie, Bruce and families,
Your mom was a very dear person and I will always remember her smile and kindness. She will be deeply missed throughout the community for a long time to come. I hope that knowing how deeply people felt about her is a great comfort to all of you.
The people at the First Presbyterian Church in Willard also send their condolences.
Linda Veletean

Marsha Oliver-Pavlenda - Oct 10, 2008

Carolyn, Debbie, Bruce, and families,
As a young child I remember trips back and forth between Elyria and Willard when our parents would play cards. Your dad and my dad were related through my grandmother, Beulah Plants Oliver and your grandmother. Carolyn, I think you used to come to Elyria for hair cuts, and Debbie to shop at Midway Mall. I last saw your mom when she, my mom, my sister, Pam, and I all met at the Ground Round for lunch about 6-7 years ago. I am sorry to hear of her passing and hope you are celebrating a life well lived. My Aunt, Carol Oliver Martin Taylor let me know of your loss. I am sorry we were not aware sooner. My mother is in Florida and my sister is in California, but please know we will remenisce and enjoy our memories of your mother and dad. With sympathy, Marsha Oliver-Pavlenda

Jeri (Mullen)Laser - Oct 8, 2008

Bruce, Kathy and kids,
I am so sorry to hear about Mary passing. I didn’t even realize she was sick and at Hillside. She was strong in her faith and we know she is in a better place now and with your dad. Oh how I loved that pastry shop, none better! I have you all in my thoughts and prayers. Jeri

Greg Coulter - Oct 8, 2008

I was very sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was a very nice lady and I always looked forward to her visits when you lived next door. Please pass my sympathy on to the boys as well and let them know how sorry I am.
Thinking of you and will talk to you soon
Greg Coulter

Mrs Wayne Vance - Oct 8, 2008

I was surprised to see her name in the Newark Advocate. She was always so nice and since I have lived in Newark, she came to visit me. Gar Vance is my son and talked of Debbie a lot. I am so sorry of your loss. She was special.
Love & Prayers, Gladys Vancewr8EV

Kathy Newsome - Oct 8, 2008

Carolyn, Debbie, and Bruce,
Mom called me today to tell me about Aunt Mary’s passing. I am so sorry and I just want to send our deepest sympathy at this time. I wish we could have spent more time together so that we could have known each other better. Mike and I are still out in Arizona and if you are ever in the area, please let us know. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. Blessings, Kathy and Mike Newsome

Marsha Ganni & Family - Oct 8, 2008

Miranda Slone and Family, Sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Marsha Ganni
Ashley and Craig Wenninger

Marsha Ganni & Family - Oct 8, 2008

Bruce, Kathy and Chase, Sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ashley and Craig Wenninger
Marsha Ganni

jim walters - Oct 8, 2008

my sympathies to the family … my mother was a teacher in willard and often brought home goodies from the shop (mmmmmmm. brownies!) to us in new london.

Lauren Beale - Oct 8, 2008

I think they broke the mold for matriarchs with our Aunt Mary. What fantastic memories I have of visits to “Aunt Mary’s ranch house” as we called it. Of shared visits back and forth between the Beales and the Harters, older cousins to look up to, paling around with Bruce, hand-me-down dresses, Uncle Russ giving Ben a haircut in the backyard on Maple Street, the black hat cakes (that didn’t sell well), high school musicals and Mary’s partiality to the adjective “wonderful.” I could go on and on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carolyn, Debbie, Bruce and all your loved ones. What a great legacy you all are to your mother, grandmother and great grandmother. With love, Lauren, Paul and Mike

Marcia Earl Humpal - Oct 7, 2008

Dear Carolyn and Debbie — my deepest sympathy to your entire family. I am so glad that my mom and aunt were able to see your mom when they were in Willard a few weeks ago. Your mother was a wonderful neighbor and dear friend to them, and I know they cherish their memories of her. She was a kind, gracious lady who gave much to her community, her family, and her friends. She will be missed.
Thinking of you,
Marcia Earl Humpal

Carol (Oliver) Taylor - Oct 7, 2008

Carolyn, Debbie, Bruce and family, Please except our condolences on the loss of your sweet Mother and Grandmother. She was a wonderful cousin. She was so good to my Mother and Dad… Her Uncle Ed and Aunt Beulah. Fred and I both enjoyed our visit with her when we still had the villa in Newark. I have so many fond memories of her. I know you will miss her. I’m sorry I am in Florida and can’t be there. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future. Love to all of you.

Robin Moran Robinson - Oct 7, 2008

I want you all to know something, when my family transfered to Willard in 1980 Mary Harter was the first to bring food offer advice where to shop she was so nice that goes along long ways.I enjoyed her at church no matter what we were doing and most recently at her short stay at Hillside we had numerous conversations about some very deep issues. She was a wonderful christian whom I had the utmost respect for. I know without a doubt where she is spending eternity.

Tom Adams - Oct 7, 2008

Greetings to the Harter Family from Las Vegas, NV.
I’m a first cousin of your mother, Mary. Her mother, Adelia, and my mother, Avis were sisters. It is always sad to hear of another passing of any member of the Plants Family. As time and distance were always a factor I didn’t get to know your mother. However, I was able to visit her 19 years ago on August 19, 1989. My mother, and two of her sisters, Sally and Bernice, with Pete and Butch Plants joined up with the Harter family for a family picnic and pictures at Mary’s house. It was a wonderful experience. I’m so happy that I was able to finally meet Mary. She was a wonderful and dear cousin. I have many fond memories of her parents, Uncle G and Aunt D. For those who may have an interest in home movies I would like to remind you that I have a DVD of the visit to Mary’s house in 1989. It is 18 min. long and there are three other Plants family activities on the same DVD. I will gladly send to anyone a copy of this DVD AT NO CHARGE. Email or call 702-340-8172. My condolences to the family for the passing of a great lady.