Marybel Weaver age 88, of Versailles, Ohio passed away on November 16, 2015 peacefully at her home. Marybel was born July 17, 1927 in Willowdell, Ohio to the late Cleo Clyde & Nellie Bernice (Christian) Schlecty.
Marybel is survived by son & daughter-in-law, Tim & Kristin Weaver of Versailles; daughters & son-in-law, Jill Brown of Houston, Texas and Beth & Clayton Watkins of Wheaton, Illinois. Grandchildren are: Alexander John Weaver, Molly Elizabeth Weaver, Timothy William Weaver, Samuel Foster Brown, John Foster Brown, William Clayton Watkins and Olivia Marybeth Watkins. Brother & sister-in-law Norman & Rochelle Schlecty of Yorkshire and many nieces and nephews also survive her.
In addition to her parents, Marybel was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-seven years, John D. Weaver, her daughter Collette S. Weaver, and son-in-law Foster Edward Brown. Brothers Dale, Paul and Raymond Schlecty, and sisters: Elsie Grilliot, Carol Trittschuh, Mabel Cain and Leona Dickey all preceded her in death. Brothers-in-law Robert Grilliot, Lloyd Trittschuh, George Cain, Harold Dickey and sisters-in-law Imogene Schlecty, Juanita Schlecty and Margie Schlecty also preceded her in death.
Marybel graduated from Versailles High School in 1945 and enjoyed helping the committee plan class reunions. She graduated from Miami Jacobs Business College and worked at Waco Glider Factory in Piqua. Marybel was born, raised, and lived most of her life in Darke County. She only left the area while her husband, John, attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and while John played a year of professional football for the New York Bulldogs. She was a pie baker who enjoyed nature and the outdoors and embraced her rural roots. She traipsed through many woods questing for mushrooms and enjoyed wild birds and flowers. She shared her love of nature with her children and grandchildren. Marybel was always on the lookout for praying mantis, caterpillars, or cocoons, and shared the wonder of butterflies and moths with family and friends. Marybel enjoyed raising perennials - especially peonies, and she studied Americana and historic buildings and barns. She was a long-time member of Versailles Christian Church and its Philathea Class. She was an avid fan of high school, college, and professional sports and supported Versailles and Miami University athletics.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on St. Peters Road in Versailles with Pastor Laura Shreffler officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friends of Hole Field or Save Our Monarchs.org. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com