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Mary Jane (Starkey) Piatt
December 31, 1941 ~ June 26, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Mary Jane Starkey Piatt, 81, of Beallsville, Ohio passed away peacefully in the home that she loved on Monday, June 26, 2023. She was born December 31, 1941 in Wheeling, West Virginia, the only daughter of the late Raymond and Charlotte Wise Starkey.
On July 2, 1982 she married her true love, Donald “Doc” Piatt, to whom she was a faithful and dedicated helpmate and companion for nearly forty years, until his passing on February 29, 2016. Together, they served the people of the community with compassion and grace.
Mary Jane was a graduate of Beallsville High School and Ohio University. She worked as a teacher at Woodsfield High School for thirty years and after her retirement from teaching, in Dr. Piatt’s office. Along the way, she touched countless lives with her humble kindness, bubbly enthusiasm, quirky humor, and genuine care for people. She treated all with dignity. She made everyone feel special. She had the respect and admiration of all who knew her.
Mary Jane loved sweets, driving, NFL football, and cats…especially cats.
She was a member of The Monroe County Retired Teacher’s Association and a lifelong member of the Beallsville Church of Christ where she taught Bible class for over 60 years, even until the time of her passing. Giving was her life. She was generous with all she had and all she was. She lived modestly in this life, for her treasures were laid up in heaven. There, she longed and lived to hear her Savior’s welcome home, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. . . Enter thou into the joy of your Lord.”
Left to mourn her passing are her church family, her neighbors, a vast community of friends, and legions of students, all of whom she loved deeply and whose lives are the richer because of her.
Friends will be received Thursday, June 29 from 4pm until 8pm at the Beallsville Church of Christ, 52125 Township Road 134, Beallsville, where funeral services will be held Friday, June 30 at 11am with Colin Morrison offering words of comfort.Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery.
In keeping with Mary Jane's giving spirit, memorial contributions may be made to the Beallsville Church of Christ, 52125 Township Road 134, Beallsville, Ohio 43716; Cancer Gas Cards, Inc., c/o Shirley Brown, 48397 Keylor Hill Road, Woodsfield, Ohio 43793; Crossed Paws Animal Shelter, 41383 Stonehouse Road, Woodsfield, Ohio 43793; the Naz Piatt Fund (an organization dedicated to helping animals that are in need of medical care), c/o Gold Ribbon Veterinary Clinic, 102 North Street Woodsfield, Ohio 43793; or to a charity of the donor's choice.