Dalton — Mary C. Horst, age 84, of Dalton, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at her residence, following a period of declining health. She was lovingly cared for in her home by numerous family, friends, neighbors, and caregivers since her strokes in 2019.
Mary was born on May 15, 1935, in Kidron, to the late Albert and Edna (Steiner) Falb and attended Frog Pond School South of Kidron. As a young girl, she helped new mothers, aiding in the care of their babies. She married Byard D. Horst on August 7, 1955, in Dalton. Byard died on April 6, 2010, ten years and one day before Mary’s death, from injures from Tractor accident on Route 30.
She was a homemaker on the family farm and provided quilt stenciling for private individuals, businesses, sewing circles and charities.
Mary was a member of Chester Mennonite Church in Wooster for many years, was involved in local Bible School programs, and wrote children’s stories for the local church paper. She also was a regular writer for The Budget newspaper, contributing news from the Chester Mennonite Church. She was an avid gardener, growing a vegetable garden, and grew flowers around her home that people would drive out of their way to visit.
Surviving are three daughters, Lillian (Alvin) Stoltzfus of Blackville, SC, Donnabelle (Timothy) Mast of Greentop, MO, and Sandra (Lamar) Martin of Orrville; daughter-in-law, Juanita Horst of Canfield; 19 grandchildren, Jamie Stoltzfus, Wendel, Crystal, Michelle, Kimberly, Rodney, Lowell, Douglas, and Larry Horst, Eric, Roxanne, Sheldon, Shelly, and Valerie Mast, and Missie, Wylie, Shelia, Kanden, and Jolyn Martin; 17 great grandchildren, Davalyan Stoltzfus, Courtney, Kayleen, and Kenita Horst, Tristan, Lyndell, Lydell, and Kelvin Hostetler, Jadryk and Kiara Schlabach, Jordan, Colton and Hudson Mast, Wyatt and Ellianna Burkholder, and Tiffany and Jacinda Martin; and five siblings, Wilma Falb of Dalton, Howard (Mildred) Falb of Dalton, Linford Falb of Orrville, Gladys (Vernon) Graber of Linville, VA, and Delmer (Carol) Falb of Kidron; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Russell Horst on May 23, 2013; a great grandchild, Adrienne Mast; and two infant siblings, Irvin and Evelyn Falb.
Friends may call at the County Line Mennonite Church on Thursday, April 9, 2020, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Due to the COVID-19, visitors will be able to view in small groups at restricted distances. Ushers will maintain spacing of attendees.
Private services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, April 10, 2020, at the County Line Mennonite Church, in Dalton, with ministers of Chester Mennonite Church officiating. Friends may join the service by telephone at 330-516-7437. Burial will take place at the County Line Mennonite Cemetery in Dalton.
Memorials may be made to the “Amish Care Fund” (for LifeCare Hospice), mailed to Daniel E. Troyer, 3015 S. Kansas Road, Apple Creek, OH 44606.
Online registry at www.aublefuneralhome.com.