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This is the obituary for Mary Hyre, as it appeared in the Athens Messenger on February 17th 1970:

Point Correspondent Mary Hyre Dies at 54

By MAXINE WALTERS

Messenger Special Writer

POINT PLEASANT — Mrs. Mary E. Hyre, 54, of 2911 Jackson Ave., Point Pleasant, died Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis after an illness of four weeks.

Mrs. Hyre had served as correspondent for the Athens Messenger for the past 27 years, and was in charge of the Point Pleasant branch office.  Prior to working in the news department, she was employed in the circulation department, and was in charge of carrier boys for several years.

She wrote the widely-read “Where the Waters Mingle” column in The Messenger in addition to her regular news coverage.  There was, perhaps, no story about which Mrs. Hyre wrote more than the collapse of the Silver Bridge in December, 1967.

A native of Gallia County, she was born at Clippers Mill, a daughter of the late Elmer E. and Anna Laura Ervin Plymale.  Her husband, Walter (Scotty) Hyre died Dec. 1, 1968.

She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church and the Service Guild of the church, Chapter No. 75 of the Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by a step-daughter, Mrs. L. R. Trembly of Charleston; two sisters, Mrs. Clinton Sayre of Point Pleasant and Mrs. Faye Carpenter of New Haven; one brother, Ervin J. Plymale of St. Albans; three step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Clifford Schane officiating.  Burial will be in Kirkland Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call at the Crow-Hussell Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Monday.  Eastern Star memorial services will be held at the funeral home Tuesday evening.

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