Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Mary Alice “Boots” Onie

Mary Alice “Boots” Onie, age 87, of Shelby, died Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.


Boots was born February 29, 1932 in Shelby, the daughter of the late Russell and Erma (Elliott) Brown. She was a 1950 graduate of Shelby High School. For many years she was the secretary for her parents’ business, Brown Electric and Plumbing. Boots enjoyed traveling, especially to Padre Island in the winter, gardening, and camping. Boots loved Christmas and shopped for it all year always starting over each year on December 26th. Humming birds and butterflies brought joy to Boots’ life and spending time with her family was always cherished. Boots was very creative and used those skills through crafting.


Surviving are 2 children: Debra Dorsey of Shelby and Randy Onie of Arizona; 6 grandchildren: Carrie (Devin) Berkani, Christy (Scott) Shackle, Curt (Alisha) Dorsey, Carla (Tom) Kithcart, Brittany Onie, Tristan Onie; 10 great grandchildren; and a sister: Betty (Jim) Yetzer of Shelby, and their children; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Boots was preceded in death by her husband: Harold D. Onie in 2003.


Family and friends are welcome on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11 am. Pastor Ben Carver, pastor of Core Community Church, will officiate and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Richland County Humane Society or to the American Alzheimer’s Association.


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Memories & Condolence

  1. Rosemarie Cline says:

    Debbie, Randy and your families so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you.

  2. Rosemary Snow says:

    Debbie and family, so sorry to hear of your loss Prayers for your family.

  3. Nancy and Clarence Ousley says:

    Dear Debbie and family, You have our deepest sympathy! Thinking of you all!

  4. Brent Cline says:

    Dear Debbie and Randy Sorry for the loss of your Mother. Your loving memories will keep her with you forever. I have many great memories of your Mom and our families growing up She is in a better place with your Dad now. RIP Boots

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  6. Dana Gilbert says:

    Debbie and Randy, so sorry for the loss of your mother. May you find comfort in the treasured memories, her laughter, her smile and her love. Now she rests.

  7. Barbara Parsons Fensch says:

    Debbie, Randy & family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. Your mother, grandmother was a very special lady. Always had a sweet smile & happy disposition-a loving very caring lady. I was Blessed to have known her. God bless all of you during these times. Love & Hugs!

  8. Susie Gerber says:

    Debbie, thinking of you and your family as you begin to live life without your beautiful mom! Love and prayers for peace and comfort.

    Susie Gerber

  9. Rod and Rosie Detillion says:

    Debbie, Randy and families. May God wrap his arms around you all through this difficult time. Cherish the memories in your hearts. Our prayers and thought are with you all.

  10. Missy says:

    Debbie and Randy so sorry! My thoughts are with you and your family.

  11. Barb Pugh Harper says:

    Debbie. I am so sorry to hear about your Moms passing

    You and your Family are in my prayers

  12. Linda Wetz LaGoy says:

    Sending heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. Cherish the memories…

  13. Nancy Laird says:

    Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Nancy

  14. Anne Pfahler says:

    I am so sorry for all of you in the loss of Boots. Through the years we were the best of friends..she is now with her loved ones and her trial here on earth is over.she was a dear friend.

  15. Inez Armstrong says:

    Debbie and Randy, so sad to hear that your Mom has passed. God Bless you and comfort you. Love’ Inez and family

  16. Sally Messenger says:

    Debbie and family. We were saddened to hear about your Mom. She had a contagious smile that was always good to see . Such a sweet lady who will be deeply missed by many. Prayers for you and families. God Bless

  17. Kathie Wildman says:

    Debbie and family,
    So sorry to hear about your mom. Praying for strength and comfort in the coming days❤️

  18. Mark Hogue says:

    Debbie, Kathie and I express our heart felt sympathies to you. I have many good memories of Boots , along with your dad, Harold. She was a special family friend. Mark Hogue

  19. Molly Harrington says:

    Dear Deb, You were blessed with a wonderful mother, who will live in your heart forever. May your memories give you all peace.

  20. Todd and Lorna Albert says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  21. Roger&Marie Little says:

    Debbie: Our prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. May God Bless.

  22. Beth Phelan Riley-Baker says:

    Debbie, I am so sorry to hear that your awesome Mother has passed. I will be thinking of you today. I have fond memories of spending time at your home with Boots in middle school. I wish I had spent more time with her as an adult- I believe we may have been kindred spirits. Sending prayers your way, Beth

  23. Cindy Cline says:

    Dear Debbie and Randy and families, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss of your Mother and Grandmother. I have many wonderful and funny memories of our families as we were growing up. We all were blessed with wonderful parents and childhoods.

  24. Susan Livingston says:

    Debbie and Randy,
    So sorry to hear of your moms passing. Have fond memories of our childhood as neighbors. She was such a nice lady. Prayers for you and your families as you go through this difficult time.

  25. Regina says:

    Dear debbie , Praying for you and your family today , you were blessed with wonderful parents . I have so many many good memories in our younger years doing things with your family , camping trips to east harbor were the best . Boots was such a great friend to mom and dad. Peace be with you. Regina

  26. A.J. Ramsey says:

    Randy and Debbie; So sorry. May the Lord comfort you and your families with the passing of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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