Galion fixture remembered fondly

By Chris Pugh -

A long-time Galion community figure died Saturday after a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer.

Mary Court, 71, had served as a librarian as well as recently as the Galion Historical Society President of its Board of Trustees.

Mary was a 1962 Galion High School graduate and a 1966 Bluffton University graduate with a degree in Elementary Education. She was the current president of the Galion Historical Society and also worked as the Galion Public Library’s Children’s Librarian for more than 20 years.

Galion Historical Society President Andee Wildenthaler said she worked with Court at the library and the Historical Society.

“She was a dear, sweet incredibly talented lady,” she said.

The Galion Historical Society posted the following tribute on its Facebook page Saturday.

It is with great sorrow that we share grievances with the Court family on the passing of our esteemed President of the Board of Trustees,” the post said. “Mary was an amazing individual who left quite an impact on our community. The Historical Society would not be where they are without your leadership. Thank you for your devotion to the organization, you will truly be missed.”

Arrangements are in care of the Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Home in Galion with calling hours 4-8 p.m. Friday and the service 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Church of Christ in Galion, where Court was a lifeline member.

Memorial contributions may be made to Apad and Teresa Kiss Mission Fund through First United Church of Christ or the Galion Historical Society in care of the funeral home.

By Chris Pugh