COLUMBIANA - Margaret Shirlaw Nery parted, reluctantly and finally from family and friends Dec. 22, 2012, after a stroke which curtailed her life of determined self-sufficiency.
Born Jan. 31, 1920 in Wishaw, Scotland, to William and Mary (Cunningham) Shirlaw, Margie emigrated with her family to the United States in 1923. They moved frequently (mostly in the tri-state area) to sites where her father was a foreman for high steel and power plant construction, before settling in Springdale, Pa.
Margie married Victor Vincent Nery, Aug. 31, 1940. They raised their sons, Victor W. and David V. in New Kensington, Pa., and moved to Columbiana in 1971 to be close to their grandchildren. They attended the First Presbyterian Church.
While working as a domestic, she parlayed a night school course into an entry position at the area newspaper. Through diligence and skill, this led into a 60-year career which included several prestigious national awards for feature writing. She became a critical element of this area's entertainment activities as an editor at the Youngstown Vindicator, finally retiring from a full time position there in January 2011.
Margie is survived by her sons, Victor W. (Rebecca) and David V. (Shari Fry) of Columbiana; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Nery was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away Aug. 31, 1996 in a car accident; her parents, William and Mary Shirlaw; a brother William Shirlaw; and sisters Mollie Strahler and Catherine Wall.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Carolyn Griffeth officiating.
Interment will be at Columbiana Cemetery.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guest book or to send private condolences.