Mary Ann Furey

AVON, Ohio — Mary Ann Furey of Avon, Ohio died quietly on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Born on August 16, 1938 in Hanoverton, Ohio, Mary Ann graduated from Augusta High School in 1956. Prior to attending Kent State University where she received a degree in Art Education, Mary Ann spent several years as an illustrator for Higbees Department Stores. She began her career as an art teacher at Avon High School and later also taught at Elmhurst High School. She added photography to the art programs. Always focused on her students’ potential and dreams, she guided many young people who aspired to use their artistic skills. During her summers she returned to Hanoverton where she held ceramics and craft classes for local residents.

She played the organ at St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Avon for many years where she also offered free organ lessons. She retired after 42 years of teaching and pursued her interest in antiques and collectibles. Within a few years she opened her own shop, Long Long Ago and for more than 15 years sold her own treasures and rented space to others to display and sell their collectibles. She supported local festivals and community events by having a Long Long Ago booth where she sold collectibles and crafts she made.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her mother, Anna Labenz and her father, Daniel P. Furey. She is survived by her sister, Betty Ray, her brother, Daniel J. Furey and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be calling hours at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2022 followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Maple-Cotton Funeral Home in Kensington (11009 SR 44; phone 330-223-1712) officiated by Fr. Wassie. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Dungannon. A luncheon will be held at the St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church Hall in Dungannon, Ohio 44423.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in her name.