Mary Lou (Moore) White, age 96, of Kent, Ohio, passed away, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at The Arbors of Stow, following a brief illness. She passed peacefully with her daughter by her side.
Mary Lou was born February 13, 1921, in Kent, to Willard W. and Mary A. (Kirvin) Moore. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, William and Earl Moore, her husband, Glendale L. White, and son, Richard A. White. She is survived by her loving children, Beverly E. Holden of Kent, Stephen M. (Cynthia) White of Gahanna; grandchildren, Laura (Ryan) Valentine of Columbus, Sarah (Jon) Cole of Newark, Delaware, Daniel S. White of Gahanna, and Alec G. White (US Navy, stationed in Guam); great-grandchildren, Abby and Alison Valentine and Jackson and Katie Cole; brother, Jim (Ellen) Moore of Kent; and many nieces and nephews.
As a young woman, Mary Lou attended and graduated from Kent High School. Soon after, her brother, Earl, helped her get a job in the payroll department at Hunkin-Conkey Construction Company, the builder of the Ravenna Arsenal during WWII. It was there that she would meet the love of her life, Glen White. They were married November 7, 1942, in a military wedding at Ft. Benjamin Harrison (Indianapolis, Indiana).
While her greatest love was always her family and friends, Mary Lou had a variety of interests in the Kent community. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic church and for many years volunteered as an election poll worker. She also had a great passion for the musical and theatrical arts, which led her to join a program associated with the Kent State University theatre group. Much to her pleasure, this program took her to New York City to see myriad Broadway plays and musicals over the years. Other organizations Mary Lou was proud to belong to include: Kent Coterie Club, the Red Hat Society, and bridge clubs (where she was a tough competitor). She visited the Kent Library frequently as she was an avid reader, particularly of mystery novels. Other hobbies that brought her joy include: cooking, baking, shopping, perusing garage sales, and long walks around the block. For these and countless other reasons, Mary Lou Mom Grandma will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends. The family would also like to extend special thanks to her home companions and the staffs at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls and The Arbors at Stow nursing home.
A memorial service will be held in Mary Lou's honor on Wednesday, May 17, at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, 313 N. Depeyster St, Kent, Ohio 44240. The family will receive guests at 10 a.m. with a memorial mass to follow at 11 a.m. Afterwards, she will be interred at Standing Rock Cemetery in a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary Lou's memory may be made to: The Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society, 6155 Rockside Rd, Suite 202, Independence, OH 44131; 1-800- 344-4867; http://www.nationalmssociety.org.