Mary Catherine Vail

August 1, 1943December 27, 2018
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Mary Catherine Vail, 75, of Clarksburg, passed away on December 27, 2018. She was born on August 1, 1943 in Greensburg, the daughter of Louis and Mary Granger Artmeier. Mary was a 1961 graduate of Clarksburg High School. She married John Vail on March 16, 1962. Mary spent over 40 years working in the Decatur County Courthouse serving the community in various offices. She worked in the Auditors office for many years then served as the Decatur County Recorder for 8 years before she became the Decatur County Treasurer. She retired in November of 2017. Mary was a member of the Decatur County Republican Women’s Club, AOA Sorority, and attended the Clarksburg Christian Church. Survivors include: Husband- John Vail; Daughters- Melinda (Dean) Bennett and Trisha (Edward) Zobel; Son- Brian (Shawn) Vail; Grandchildren: Kyle Lusk, Eric Lusk, Katie Bennett, Brooklynn Bennett, Baron Fetterman, Sierra Vail, Taylor Vail, Dalton Vail, Paityn Vail, Megan (Chris) McGrew, Bayley Zobel, and Lucas Zobel; Great Grandchildren- Keiran Lusk, Keegan Lusk, Paisley Vail, and Maren McGrew; Sister- Gwyndlene Mathews; Brothers- Dr. Richard (June) Artmeier and David (Connie) Artmeier. She was preceded in death by her: Parents; Sisters- Geraldine Moore Brown, Martha Wilhoit, Rosamond Gunnels; Brothers- Charles Artmeier, Don Artmeier, and Roscoe Artmeier. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 3, 2019 also at the Funeral Home. Rev. Shannon Burford will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Clarksburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Greensburg Police Department K9 Unit Fund. Online condolences can be made to the family at


  • Louis Artmeier, Father
  • Mary Artmeier, Mother
  • John Vail, Husband
  • Melinda (Dean) Bennett, Daughter
  • Trisha (Edward) Zobel, Daughter
  • Brian (Shawn) Vail, Son
  • Kyle Lusk, Grandchild
  • Eric Lusk, Grandchild
  • Katie Bennett, Grandchild
  • Brooklynn Bennett, Grandchild
  • Baron Fetterman, Grandchild
  • Sierra Vail, Grandchild
  • Taylor Vail, Grandchild
  • Dalton Vail, Grandchild
  • Paityn Vail, Grandchild
  • Megan (Chris) McGrew, Grandchild
  • Bayley Zobel, Grandchild
  • Lucas Zobel, Grandchild
  • Keiran Lusk, Great Grandchild
  • Keegan Lusk, Great Grandchild
  • Paisley Vail, Great Grandchild
  • Maren McGrew, Great Grandchild
  • Gwyndlene Mathews, Sister
  • Dr. Richard (June) Artmeier, Brother
  • David (Connie) Artmeier, Brother
  • Geraldine Moore Brown, Sister
  • Martha Wilhoit, Sister
  • Rosamond Gunnels, Sister
  • Charles Artmeier, Brother
  • Don Artmeier, Brother
  • Roscoe Artmeier, Brother

  • Baron Fetterman
  • Kyle Lusk
  • Eric Lusk
  • Ethan Sebastian
  • Dean Bennett
  • Edward Zobel


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2019

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Rodella Speer

January 3, 2019

Mary will be so missed, there are so many memories hard to pick one but the best is she brought so many smiles and laughs and made us feel so good.

Carol Blasdel

January 2, 2019

I am so sorry about the loss of your Mom. She was a great lady. You have our sympathy.
Tim and Carol Blasdel

Sharon Anderson

December 31, 2018

I am sorry for your loss of Mary. The death of a loved one can be very difficult. 2 Corinthians 1:3&4 reminds us that the Father of Jesus Christ is the God of all comfort and he can comfort us in all our tribulations. May family and friends find comfort during this difficult time.

Mary Kaye Halterman

December 31, 2018

Aunt Mary , was one of a kind, passionate about her family, friends and politics. She kept us all entertained with her humor and fun-filled spirit. She will be remembered as someone who loved her grandchildren, and always had a good story to share. She will be missed by all of us who loved her, and the world is a better place because of her.

Robert & jean Scheidler

December 29, 2018

We wish to extend our prayers and sympathy for the loss of your wife. She certainly was
a valuable person for the city and county of Decatur Co.

Sierra Vail

December 27, 2018

Beverly Stiers

December 27, 2018

So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I worked many years in the courthouse at the same time she was there. Mary was definitely a good woman and friend. Mary and her family are in my thoughts and prayers🙏💕

Laura Fish-Fair

December 27, 2018

Loved Mary so much!! Miss her laughter and funny stories!! She's one of a kind!! Sending love and prayers to all of the family!