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In Memory of
Marilyn C. Meyer
October 20, 1930 - May 23, 2021

Friday, May 28th from 5-8 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home
Saturday, May 29th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Saturday, May 29th at 10:30 a.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Resurrection Cemetery

Marilyn Crawford Meyer, 90, died peacefully and surrounded by loving family Sunday, May 23, 2021, in the Otterbein at Gahanna nursing center.

Born Marilyn C. Hopping in Springfield, Ohio, "Mimi" was the eldest of three children to the late Henry Elwood Hopping and Agnes Helena (Crawford) Hopping. She was a graduate of Catholic Central High School in Springfield, where she met the love of her life, Eugene F. Meyer.

Mimi and Gene married in 1949 and enjoyed a blessed marriage of 64 years prior to his death in 2013. She was 18 when they married, and he was 23. They would have six children, three before Mimi turned 22. Five were born in Springfield and the sixth in Columbus, after a job change by Eugene prompted the familys move to the East Side in 1957.

Mimi loved being the big sister to her younger siblings Peter Elwood Hopping and Ann Elizabeth (Hopping) Heller. And as a young mom, she loved the companionship of her sisters-in-law in Springfield after marrying into the tight-knit Meyer clan.

A devout Catholic, family and children were the center of Mimis life. She ingrained in all her children a simple Christian gratitude for life and sense of duty to help those less fortunate. "There but for the grace of God go I and you", she would remind any of her children caught, "putting on airs".

She, Gene and their children were a founding family of St. Philip the Apostle Church and school in Columbus. Moving to Westerville in 1977, as original homeowners in the Spring Grove subdivision, they joined St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.

She volunteered at school activities from the earliest grade levels of her oldest child at St. Philip to the son of her youngest at Cherrington Elementary in Westerville, where she became known as "Grandma Popcorn" in the late 1990s, for running the popcorn machine for students on Fridays.

She held a number of part-time jobs as her small children grew older, including as sales clerk in the Boy Scout Department at Lazarus Eastland, briefly as a food service worker in Columbus City Schools, and for more than a decade, as a sales associate at Connells Flowers in Bexley.

An inveterate reader and NPR radio listener, Mimi was a storyteller with impish high humor. Do you know the difference between shanty Irish and lace curtain Irish? She would say: At a lace curtain Irish home, theres no pig in the parlor and there is fruit in the house, even when theres no funeral or wedding.

Mimi adored her father, Henry Elwood "Hop" Hopping, a businessman in Springfield and Dayton. As a preteen, she made rounds with Hop, when he volunteered as a block captain for the Office of Civil Defense during air raid drills in Dayton, Ohio. These mostly forgotten drills, which took place in cities across the U.S. in the early 1940s, were modeled on "blackout" orders enacted in England during the German incendiary bombing attacks of early WWII. Mimi with her father checked local homes and businesses during the drills, to make sure all light from the buildings was blocked from exterior view at night.

Her childhood also was keenly influenced by her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth A. (Lawson) Crawford, with whom she spent considerable time. Lizzie Crawford was the youngest daughter in a large family that emigrated to the U.S. from Ireland, and the only Lawson child to be born in the U.S. Lizzie was tough and independent, and after separation from her husband, she ran a boarding house near the railroad tracks in Urbana, Ohio. Couples had to show a marriage license to stay in the house.

Mimi could trace her family linage from multiple grandparents to pre-Colonial days, but loved most her Grandma Lizzie, and identified with her first-generation American outlook.

She was a loving and proud mother to all her children and the biggest fan any of them would ever encounter, unless that was Eugene. She was the information hub for the whole extended family, for decades, relaying information about eachs trials, tribulations and triumphs across her grapevine.

She took pride in dressing up her kids for special occasions. She bought so many outfits while working at Lazarus, using her employee discount, that Gene asked her to find another job so he could finally pay off the Lazarus charge card.

As a child, Mimi was marked by the polio scares of the 1930s and '40s, when pools and public venues were closed out of fear of contagion. She contracted whooping cough, causing her to miss her entire third-grade year of school. Later she would insist on taking her kids to the doctor, even with minor illnesses.

Though her children all went on achieve significant material and professional success, most attaining post-graduate degrees along the way, Mimi had much simpler expectations. When asked about their accomplishments in the early 2000s, she said, "Well, Im happy you all learned to swim and to ride a bike". She never learned to do either.

Mimi suffered a number of falls at home following Eugenes death, necessitating admission to nursing home care four years ago.

She and Gene are survived by all six children, 16 grandchildren and 17 (and counting) great-grandchildren:

Children "Susie" Carol Susan Rebert of Westerville; "Jerry" Eugene Jerome (Barbara) Meyer of Maysville, Ken.; Christopher Richard (Sharman, decd.) Meyer of Newark; "Dick" Richard Francis Meyer (Laurie) of Upper Arlington and Brandon, Fla.; Jeanne Ann (James Jeffrey) Lorimer of Westerville; and "Joe" H. Joseph (Raelene) Meyer of Westerville;

Grandchildren: Colin G. (Amanda) Rebert, Zachary A. (Erica) Rebert, Michael C. (Danielle) Meyer, Elizabeth "Libby" A. Meyer, Emily M. (Jeremy) Morris, Timothy J. Meyer, Cassandre M. Meyer, Aaron F. (Stephanie) Meyer, Bryanna M. Meyer, Devon W. Meyer, Ashley E. Ohall, James Jason (Carrie) Lorimer, Jessica A. Lorimer, John L. Meyer, Emma R. Meyer and Audrey K. Meyer.

Great-grandchildren: Conner and Owen Rebert (who are expecting another sibling this fall); Rosie, Julian and Sebastian Rebert; Sadie and Sophie Meyer; Piper and Rosalee Morris; Maddie, Grayson, Isabelle and Annabelle Meyer; Ruby, Ellie and Hazel Lorimer; Jacob Lorimer-Roseman.

Mimi also is survived by sister Ann E. (Alan) Heller, and dozens of loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by brother Peter E. (Nancy) Hopping.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 28, or 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 29 at the Moreland Funeral Home, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville where a service will follow at 10:30 a.m.. A graveside Catholic service will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 9571 High St., Lewis Center.

The family expresses its sincere gratitude to the aides and nurses of the Otterbein at Gahanna nursing center for their care of Mimi in her final years.