Mary "Betty" O'Hearn

February 17, 1928July 2, 2019

O’HEARN, Mary Elizabeth “Betty”, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2019 in the presence of her family. She resided most of her life in Dayton, Ohio. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Edward M. O’Hearn in 1978. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen (Don Steck) O’Hearn; Eileen (Dan) Thomas; Maureen (Scott) Ley; Colleen O’Hearn, sons, Steven (Maureen); Kevin (Jane Westendorf); 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Mary was a 1947 graduate of Dayton’s St. Joseph Commercial High School. As a young mother with a growing family, she became an active community leader in her Dayton View neighborhood. She was part of Nu View, an organization to improve and beautify one of Dayton’s most diverse neighborhoods. She also led a youth organization called The Litter Gitters that performed various clean-up projects in her community. Mary was also a committee member that helped to establish the peaceful and positive integration of her neighborhood during the 1960’s and 70’s. The love of neighbor and community was also demonstrated in her job as a City of Dayton Water Meter reader. On various routes, Mary looked in on and watched out for many of her elderly and disabled clients to make sure they were eating properly, taking their medications, and alerting the proper authorities if emergencies occurred. She fervently believed there was goodness in everyone and wanted all of us to help one another, especially the marginalized. Visitation will take place on July 8, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at St Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1440 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek, OH 45432. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at the church at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Terry Schneider celebrant. Mary will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Dayton. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St Luke Catholic Church in Beavercreek, OH; Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton; or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 8, 2019


Mary "Betty" O'Hearn

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Susan Fischer Spacht

July 15, 2019

Kathy, your mother was blessed with a long life and loving family. She spent her life helping others and making their lives better. That is a wonderful quality she has passed on to you, as evidenced by your desire to reach out and help those affected by the recent tornadoes deal with their trauma. What a wonderful legacy your mother has left! My condolences to you and your family.

Karen Young

July 7, 2019

Eileen, my sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. May you find comfort in your memories. Prayers for you and your family.

Joyce Grau

July 5, 2019

Dear Steve and Maureen,
We are so very sorry to hear of mom's passing . Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
May God bless and comfort you.

Joyce and Bill Grau