Mary Gordon Root
May 24, 1922 – October 20, 2019
Mary Gordon Findlay Root May 24, 1922 – October 20, 2019
Mary was born May 24, 1922 in Toledo, Ohio, daughter of Gordon and Hazel Findlay. She had two brothers Paul and James. They moved to New Jersey and then Maryland where she fell in love with crabs and seafood.
Later back in Toledo, while she was in high school, she met Don at Glenwood Lutheran Church. After high school, Mary attended nursing school. While in nursing school, she married Don in February 1943. Don was then drafted a month later into the Army, and served in World War II.
Mary and Don had two daughters Barb and Kathy. Mary worked as a nurse for her Uncle for many years. She was very active at Glenwood Lutheran Church and was president of the women’s church group.
After Don retired, Mary and Don moved to Lehigh Acres in 1979. Mary was very active at Faith Lutheran church, and later at Gateway Trinity Church. Mary started a literacy program in Lehigh and was the director for 20 years. She taught many people to read.
In 2015, Mary and Don moved to Fountain Crest in Lehigh. They really enjoyed living there and had many friends.
Two of her greatest passions were faith and family. Mary was extremely proud of her daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was also proud of her Scottish heritage. She had a positive outlook on life and her glass was always half full. Mary lived her life with a smile on her face, with compassion and grace.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Don and her daughter Barbara in 2018. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen Pinkstaff, six grandchildren, Marcia Pinkstaff, Merideth Hamilton (Mike), Andrea Cook (Tim), Erin Hartman (Aaron), Michelle Judt (Phillip), and Michael Pinkstaff (Liz). Also survived by 10 great grandchildren, Connor and Clay Cook, Mackenzie and Max Hamilton, Findlay and Pase Hartman, Delaney and Hunter Termuhlen, Julian Neller and Nicholas Pinkstaff.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church, Ft. Myers, FL or Glenwood Lutheran Church, Toledo, OH.
- Memorial Service Saturday, October 26, 2019
Mary Gordon Root
October 25, 2019
I was so blessed as the rest of our family to have shared life and times with this loving caring compassionate woman...known to me as my Aunt Mary...she will be so missed by many.
Carol & David Wadovick
October 23, 2019
Please accept our condolences on the passing of Mary. We have left Fort Myers but she has a special place in our hearts and we will always remember a sweet and cherished person in our lives. She was a beautiful person!