E. Marie “Moo” Heavilin, 99, a resident of Bowerston until 2017 when she moved into her “new house” at Park Village Southside in New Philadelphia, passed away at her home on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 after a period of declining health. Born Apr. 12, 1922 in Bowerston, she was the last surviving child of the late Ralph Austin and Emma Catherine (Renicker) Sell, having been preceded in death by her brothers, Leroy and Dean Sell.
Moo was the valedictorian of Bowerston High School’s class of 1940. She loved to travel and visited not only all 50 states but also Canada, France, and Germany with her family. She loved going to Daytona and made that trip more than 20 times. She also enjoyed watching NASCAR and was a huge fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers. She was Methodist by faith.
On Jun. 26, 1943, she married Elmer Morrison “Buck” Heavilin with whom she enjoyed over 37 years of marriage until his passing on Dec. 8, 1980. Moo will be deeply missed by her daughter, Hazel (Dan) Trushell; grandchildren, James E. (Denise) Trushell and Danette S. (Dennis) Harding; sister-in-law, Lois Sell; dear neighbor, Carol Bower; and several nieces and nephews. Moo’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the amazing staff at Park Village Southside who took such wonderful care of her.
Pastor Milo Baker will officiate a graveside service at noon on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Longview Cemetery in Bowerston, where she will be interred beside her beloved husband. Moo had been eagerly looking forward to celebrating her 100th birthday, so her family’s planning a celebration of her life in the spring of 2022. Details will be posted on the funeral home’s website when they are confirmed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harrison and Tuscarawas Counties’ Humane Societies.