Carole J. McGillvary, age 87, of Mendon, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at The Gardens at Celina.


She was born October 17, 1935, in Mendon, to Wilmer L. Clay and Hollies A. (Nolan) Dilbone.  


Her mother and step-father, Willard B. "Red" Dilbone, and her father and step-mother, Margaret L. “Maggie” (Mosier) Clay, all preceded her in death.


Carole and Vermont D. “Montie” McGillvary were married on February 19, 1956.  Montie passed way November 18, 2020.


Surviving are their children: Greg (Amy) McGillvary of Livonia, Michigan, and Lori (Jim) Bader and Kari (Chris) Cron of Celina; 8 grandchildren: Hillary, Clay, Morgan, Brady, Kasey, Luke, Paige, and Aaron; 5 great grandkids: Landon, Reese, Ella, Chester, and Dutton; her sister, Audrey Snyder of Mendon; and half-brothers: Ricky (Deb) Clay and Jim Clay of Van Wert, and Scott (Christopher 

Johnson) Clay of Chicago.


Preceding her in death was a brother, Richard Clay; brother-in-law, Stephan Snyder; Montie’s parents: Orville Lee & Dorothy Dale (Skinner) McGillvary; sister-in-law, Betty McGillvary; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Ed & Judy (Huwer) McGillvary. 


Carole was a 1953 graduate of Mendon-Union High School.  She had worked in the office at the Van Wert County Sheriff's Department, and was a School Secretary for the Mendon-Union and Parkway Local School Districts for many years.


Carole was a member of the Mendon Civic Club and Mendon First Church of God, and attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Liberty Township.  She enjoyed growing flowers, rearranging home furnishings, and collecting decorative items.  Carole's greatest joy was her family, and she loved spending time with the grandkids and great grandkids. 


Calling Hours will be held at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Mendon, on Friday, January 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service beginning at 1:00.  Pastor Robin Owen will officiate.  Burial will take place at a later date at Mendon Cemetery.


Memorial Contributions may be made to: St. Paul Liberty Lutheran Church, 9380 Wabash Rd., Rockford 45882, or EverHeart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville 45331.  


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