Mary Ann (nee Potschner) Ellwood
Mary Ann Ellwood passed into the presence of her Savior Jesus Christ and countless family and friends after a few months of declining health on January 2, 2021, at Park Village. She was preceded in passing by her husband William V. Ellwood in 1977; her father Fred P. Potschner; her mother Gertrude Lucille Potschner and her brother John (Jack) Potschner, who was KIA in Europe in 1945. Also preceding Mary Ann was a brother-in-law, Richard Ellwood and his wife Barbara Huff Ellwood; a son-in-law Doug Schooler, her niece Susan Ellwood King and her dearest friend Iva Faye Rausch.
Mary Ann is survived by four children: Mark (Linda) of Worthington, Ohio; Kristy Schooler of Baltimore, Ohio; Andrew (Sandra) of Tulsa Oklahoma and Amy Conley of Flower Mound, Texas. She is survived by nine grandchildren: Joshua (Brit), Benjamin and Daniel Ellwood; Blake (Chelsea) Schooler; Andrea (Brian) Kelly and Traci (C.L.) Wells; and Casey (Bryan) Alldredge, Dane (Ellen) Conley and Callie Conley. She is also survived by sixteen great-grandchildren: Maizie, Esme and Adryel Ellwood; Jack and Hazel Schooler; Jackson Kelly; Shelby and Garret Colley; Chloee Senger; Chance, Chelsea and Isaac Wells; Emery and Bryson Alldredge and Wyatt and Grace Conley.
Mary Ann was born in Dover on May 26, 1926. She graduated from Dover High School in 1944 and then earned a Music Degree from Grove City College in 1948. That same year she married William V. Ellwood , her high school sweetheart and they settled in Dover to rear their family. Mary Ann was first a devoted Christian and then a devoted wife and mother.
She often sang for church services in choirs, a quartet and at weddings and funerals. And she followed the activities of her children wherever they took her.
As her family aged and changed her interests grew. She eventually took a job at the Diamond Shop in New Philadelphia and worked there until it closed. She loved to travel to see any of her children and then meet and enjoy new grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. She loved to read and later in life loved to keep her mind sharp with various word puzzles. She continued to attend Dover High School football home games until she was ninety and seldom missed Ohio State football broadcasts. And she loved her yard, her garden, shrubs, and lawn and could be seen there almost daily to the amazement of more than a few passers-by.
Most of all Mary Ann loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that eventually led her to the Dennison Foursquare Church. In her early years of membership, she participated with worship teams, using her gift of music as a ministry as long as she could. She cherished the worship, the fellowship, and the sound Bible teaching there and her circle of good friendships was a sustaining influence in her final few years. Mary Ann Ellwood lived out her faith as best she could. She will be missed by family and friends.
Friends are invited to call at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory in Dover on Sunday, January 10, 2021, from 2:00-4:00 pm. A funeral service will take place on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 11:00 am at the Dennison Foursquare Church with Pastor Rod Phillips officiating. A private burial will be held at Dover Burial Park. To sign an online guestbook for Mary Ann, visit the obituary link on the funeral home’s website.
Memorial contributions can be made in Mary Ann’s memory to the Dennison Foursquare Church, 7325 US-250, Dennison, Ohio 44621.