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Mary Edna Ater


Mary Edna Ater, 101, of Circleville, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at 12:40 a.m. at Pickaway Manor in Circleville, where she had been a resident since 2012.

Mrs. Ater was born Aug. 16, 1914, at Kingston in Ross County to Clinton and Ella Belle Decker Roby Sr.

She was a graduate of Kingston High School and the Chillicothe Business School.

She lived most of her life in Clarksburg before moving to Circleville in November 2002. She was a member of the Clarksburg United Methodist Church; a long time member of the Clarksburg Grange, the Sorosis Club in Williamsport and formerly was a member of the Chillicothe Chapter of the Ohio State Mother’s Club.

Mrs. Ater was preceded in death by her husband, John Washington Ater, on April 2, 1998; by a brother, Clinton Roby Jr.; and by a sister, Harriett Allen.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ula Jean and Donald Metzler of Circleville; a son and daughter-in-law, John Edwin and Linda Ater of Canton; four grandchildren, Jeffrey (Sylvia) Metzler of Chillicothe, Jonathan (Jennifer) Metzler of Canal Winchester, Shera (Bob) Kile of Canton and Stacy (Greg) McLemore of Knoxville, Tennessee; 10 great-grandchildren, Audra, Cameron, Colton and Ian Metzler, A.J., Emily and Natalie Kile, Madeline and Cooper McLemore and Justin Park; a great-great-granddaughter, Lynlii Park; a sister, Helen Burlile of Circleville; brother-in-law, Frank Allen of Circleville; and several cousins.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with the Rev. Tad Grover, pastor at the Community United Methodist Church in Circleville, officiating. Burial will follow in the Brown’s Chapel Cemetery near Clarksburg. Friends may call from noon Saturday until the time of service at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ater-Metzler Higher Education Initiative, c/o Christy Mills at Pickaway HELPS, 2050 Stoneridge Dr., Circleville, Ohio 43113.

Visit www.kirkpatrickfuneralhome.com.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal