Maryland B Belhorn

June 8, 1928September 22, 2020

Maryland Black Belhorn, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Tuesday September 22, 2020 at Fairfield Medical Center. Maryland was born June 8, 1928 on the family farm in Marcy, Ohio, to the late Perry Layton Black and Anna Belle Shultz Black. She was a Canal Winchester graduate, Class of 1946. She married Richard William Belhorn in September 1952. She was a long-time active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, with participation in the Lydia Circle, Christian Education (youth and adult), Women of the Church, Church Council, youth mentor. She delighted in providing the Children's Message during the Sunday service. She was a master storyteller. Maryland was instrumental in founding the church's We Care corner that provided clothing to those in need. This community outreach continues today as Lancaster Lutherans Together Clothing Ministry. Other community activities include hospital volunteer, homebound visitation, serving meals to those in need. She was employed by Dr. Paul Blum and Dr. Terry Schultz as an administrative assistant. Maryland loved her family, her church family, the annual Hog Roast, family reunions and working in her yard. Maryland is survived by daughters, Lynn Belhorn and Betsy (Mark) Riggs; grandchildren, Kristin McCasland and fiancé David Ruehle; Megan McCasland and fiancé Quentin Rana; Saki Kumagai (Ivan Matias Bessemer Rayas); Adam (Kristine) Riggs; Hunter Riggs and Griffin Riggs; great grandchildren, Jonas, Zhanna, Shiloh and Baby Girl Ruehle (anticipated arrival 1-2021); Kennedy and Campbell; Hana; Levi (anticipated arrival 1-2021); sisters-in-law, Lois Black and Jeanne Black; nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Amy Carter and Ethan Roberts for their friendship and support. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brothers, Paul, Layton Jr., Ned and John Black; nephews Barry Black and Larry Black. Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials in Maryland's honor may be made to: St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 105 E. Mulberry St., Lancaster, OH 43130. Please note Clothing Ministry in the memo line.


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Maryland B Belhorn

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Sue Thrush Moore

September 26, 2020

Dear Lynn, Betsy and family, So sorry for your loss.
Absolutely loved your mother, what a wonderful lady. Feeling blessed to have known her.
Deepest Sympathy RIP Marilyn

Teresa Black Cottingham

September 25, 2020

Aunt Maryland was such a wonderful help to all of us when my Dad passed away from lung cancer. My Dad did not let many people comfort him as he slipped away, but his big sister was one of them. I will always remember their special relationship.

Joyce Connell

September 25, 2020

I was previledged to meet and know Maryland when I first began attending St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. As you know, she never met a stranger. She walked up to me and introduced herself and our friendship began. Maryland will be greatly missed with the loss of her Christian love and attitude, and her beautiful smile. May she Rest In Peace. Love you Maryland💕

Rachel Klein

September 25, 2020

Maryland was an incredibly warm soul who made every person around her feel loved and welcomed. She genuinely cared for anyone who crossed her path, and always took time to ask how I was, whether I was a small child, a high school student, or a parent with my own family. Her memory will live on in the many hearts of the people whom she knew, and I hope her legacy of servitude and storytelling will be passed down to her loved ones.


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