Marjorie Avis Birchard Herman, 93, resident of Lima from 1947 to 1982, died March 3, 2013, in Centerville after a long illness.
She was born Jan. 29, 1920, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to the late Elbert Willis and Inez Parsons Birchard. She received a bachelorís degree in home economics from Iowa State (now University) in 1942 and taught that at Avoca (Iowa) High School the next year. She and her late husband, Richard H. Herman, were married June 12, 1943, in Dayton and were longtime members of Lima St. Mark United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and Bible school. She focused her life on raising her children. She was also active in the American Association of University Women, a child study group, and Lima Chapter 16 Order of the Eastern Star, and she volunteered extensively at the Lima American Red Cross, Otterbein, and Hospice of Middletown. She and Dick moved to Otterbein Retirement Community near Lebanon in 1982, and she died at the Otterbein-Springboro facility.
Survivors include three sons, Dr. Douglas E. (Mary) Herman, of Prestonsburg, Ky., the Rev. Glen A. (Jane) Herman, of Helena, and Bruce D. (Lisa) Herman, of Newnan, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Jeanette D. Carroll, of Davenport, Iowa; six grandchildren, Bethany J. (Lucas) Archer, of Findlay, Sarah R. (Jarrod) Kiesling, of Huber Heights, Dr. David M. (Lauren) Herman, of Ironton, Bradley A. Herman, of San Francisco, Marisa F. Herman, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Nicole X. Herman, of Newnan, Ga.; and three great-grandchildren, Mackinaw D. and William F. Archer, of Findlay, and Jace D. Kiesling, of Huber Heights.
The Rev. Herman will conduct a memorial service at a later date, and burial will be at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima.