Mary Ripley Haggis, the youngest of six children, was born on July 13, 1934, to the late Sehon
Miller and Hazel Hoyle Ripley at Ellsworth, Ohio. On August 7, 1955, she married William C.
Haggis, who served as pastor of Roseville Lutheran Parish, Roseville, Ohio, Grace Lutheran
Church, Steubenville, Ohio, retired from Grace Lutheran Church, Dover, Ohio after 26 years,
interim pastor for Stone Creek Lutheran Parish, Stone Creek, Ohio for 16 years, and then three
years as a supply preacher for Trinity Episcopal Church in New Philadelphia.
Mary was a wife, mother, grandmother, helper to those in need, and a friend to many people.
Mary was a graduate of Canfield High School in 1952 and Salem City Hospital School of
Nursing at Salem, Ohio in 1955. She worked as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital in
Springfield, Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville, Ohio Valley Hospital in Steubenville, and
retired from the office of Dr. Paul McFadden in Dover.
While her husband, (Pastor Bill) served at Grace Lutheran, she was active in Sunday Church
School and Bible Study serving as a teacher for both, Bell Choir, Mary Baer WELCA, an
ordained deacon, Order of St. Luke the Physician, and received the Founder’s Day Award in
1997. Mary and her husband enjoyed life together, their family, Bible Study, people, traveling,
reading, genealogy, exercising, and walking together. Pastor Bill preceded her in death on May
She was a member of several genealogy societies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New England.
Mary was a member of the First Families of Ohio, Society of Civil War Families of Ohio, Settlers
and Builders of Ohio, Pioneer Families of Mahoning County, Pioneer Families of Trumbull
County, Fort Lauren’s Chapter of DAR, and Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of
Ohio. Her American lineage dates back to the arrival in the 1620s and 1630s of William
Bradford, William Ripley, Thomas Bingham, and Simon Sackett. She published the “Genealogy
of Ripley-Hoyle With Extended Lines” in 2009, having started her genealogy quest while in high
She served on the YWCA board in Zanesville; was a Brownies leader, a Cub Scout leader, and
was active in several organizations while she resided in Steubenville. Later in Tuscarawas
County, she served on the board of Personal and Family Counseling, was president of the
ARTS Council of Tuscarawas County, a member and secretary of the Dover Band Boosters,
and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Salem Chapter No. #334.
Surviving are her two children, Rev. William II (Crystal) of Van Wert, Ohio and Cheryl (Mark)
Lorson of Hilliard, Ohio. There are six grandchildren; Jonathan, Stephanie, and Jennifer
Haggis, and Mark II (Carrie), William, and Katherine Lorson. A great-grandchild, Caelan Lorson, completes the family.
She was also preceded in death by her five brothers, Delbert, Donald, Earl, Robert, and Orval.
Friends are invited to call at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory of Dover on
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, from 4:00 -7:00 pm. A celebration of Mary’s life will take place at
Salem Evans Creek Lutheran Church, 9030 Deibel Road, Stone Creek, Ohio on Thursday, July
28, 2022, at 11:00 am with her son, Pastor Will Haggis, and Pastor Cathy Ammlung officiating.
Friends can call one hour prior to the service at the church. Following the service, a meal will
be served in Salem Fellowship Hall at 4681 Stonecreek Road. A service of committal will take
place at Dover Burial Park at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers Mary’s request was to help the living and those in need with monetary
contributions to her special organizations: the Greater Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry,
First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund of 140 Regent Street in Dover, or donate a unit of blood
at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital which helps others and costs nothing except your time.
To sign an online guestbook for Mary, visit the obituary link on the funeral home’s website.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)
Dover Burial Park