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Mary Louise (Harrod) Pry

Mary Louise Pry, age 81, of 12 Maple Avenue, Shelby, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

She was born August 29, 1925 in Mansfield, Ohio the daughter of the late Samuel and Ida (Gruneisen) Harrod. She was a 1943 graduate of Madison High School in Mansfield. Mary worked for many years as a secretary at Barker’s Chevrolet, Shelby Business Forms and Firestone in Shelby, from which she retired. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Shelby where she further used her administrative assistant skills as secretary of both the Mary Martha Circle and the United Methodist Women’s Executive Council. For over fifty years, Mary was secretary of the Good Fellowship Class at church. She helped and headed various other church committees and was a charter member of Infants to Adults Mothers League. Mary was also an energetic volunteer, giving her time to Meals On Wheels and the Shelby Christmas Program. Well-known for her delicious pies, Mary enjoyed cooking and baking and was constantly contributing baked goods to her church, charities, family, friends and neighbors. She also loved to knit, walk, garden and freeze and can fresh produce each summer. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, friend and Christian and lived her life quietly serving others and the Lord. Mary was dearly loved by her family and all who knew her.

Mary is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Warren Irving Pry, whom she wed on October 5, 1947; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Raymond Ray Lynch of Shelby, and Myrna and James Taylor of Cincinnati; 4 grandchildren and spouses, Amy and Marc Johnson of Mansfield, Benji and Nicole Lynch of Shelby, Ryan and Lauren Taylor of Charlotte, NC, and Neil Taylor of Chicago, IL; 4 great grandchildren, Mallary Lynch, Macy Lynch, Marissa Lynch and Luke Taylor; a sister, Miriam Swank of Bellville; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Florence Hannafus of Shelby, Letha Brundage of Mansfield, Carol and Eldon Pry of Crestline. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, and 5 brothers, Ralph, Ray, Joe, Allen and Lloyd Harrod.

Friends may call on Monday, June 25, 2007, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Dave Carter officiating. Burial will be in Biddle Cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or The American Cancer Society. The Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. The family would appreciate on-line condolences at:

Memories & Condolence

  1. Guest says:

    Family_of: Mrs. Pry
    Your_Name: Shelli (Cline) Leclair


    Myrna, Jim, and boys…I don’t know if you remember me, I am Gay Cline’s daughter. I babysat for the boys when they were small (and I was pregnant). I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. We lost my Dad in 2002 and I know how hard that loss is. I have such fond memories of you all, and you are in my thoughts and prayers. My husband and I live in Lucas now..up the street from Mrs. Taylor. If you get this way, please stop up and see us. God bless you all!
    Family_of: Mary Pry
    Your_Name: Dean & Angela Downing


    Dearest family,

    I have been a part of your family since I was in first grade. I feel your loss and send our deepest condolences. I will always remember dear, sweet Grandma Pry.

    Lots of Love & Prayers,
    Angie, Dean & kids
    Family_of: Mary Louise Pry
    Your_Name: Tom Shank


    When I was in fourth grade at Dowd’s elementary school (1961), I broke my leg in a playground accident and was in the Shelby Hospital for 31 days. During that time I received many get well cards from Mrs. Pry with dimes and other coins taped in them. The coins were to purchase items from the cart the gray ladies took from room to room.
    Mrs. Pry worked with my Dad (Ralph Shank) at Barker’s during that time.
    I don’t know if I ever properly thanked her for her kindness, but I want you to know I never forgot her helping a 9 year old boy during a very tough time in his life.

    God’s blessings to you all.

    Tom Shank

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