Mary Lang

Mary Sue Lang

January 11, 1936 May 28, 2019

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Obituary for Mary Sue Lang

Attorney Mary Sue Lang, 83

EAST LIVERPOOL – Attorney Mary Sue Lang, of East Liverpool, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Crandall Medical Center in Sebring following a short illness. She was 83.

Born in East Liverpool, January 11, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Attorney Francis Harover Lang and Rachel Louise Boyce Lang. She was graduated as Salutatorian from East Liverpool High School in 1953 and received her B.F.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1957 where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. In 1959, Mary Sue earned her M.A. from Case Western Reserve University and her Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Cleveland State University in 1974. Active in each alumni association, she continued to support her alma maters.

Mary Sue’s professional career spanned both her love of art and her dedication to the law. She chaired the Art Department at Kirk Junior High School in East Cleveland from 1959-1963.
From 1963-1975 she was Coordinator of Art and Department Chair with the Rocky River Board of Education. Her practice of law began in East Liverpool in 1975 when she joined her father’s law practice. Mary Sue was admitted to practice in Ohio, the U.S. District Court and the U. S. Supreme Court. Her professional memberships included the Columbiana County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Giving to her community was important to Mary Sue. She was very active serving the East Liverpool United Way as Director at one time and as President 1981-1983. From 1976-1979 she was a Director of the East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Mary Sue was active with the Kent State University East Liverpool Campus where she served on the Advisory Board and the Friends of the East Liverpool Campus. In addition to her interest in East Liverpool, she participated in a variety of clubs and service organization: Campfire Kinoka Council Board (1976-1980); Quota Club President (1986-1988), Helen Gould Literary Club, Esther Bible Club, Forget-Me-Not Alzheimer’s Respite Program Board (1994 to present), as well as a member of the board of the Columbiana County Motor Club AAA since 1995. A member of the East Liverpool Rotary Club, she was past president and District 6650 Assistant Governor and also received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award of Rotary International.

Art was Mary Sue’s passion and she shared it with the community in conjunction with the East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce by designing and assisting in the execution of murals located on the former Ogilvie’s building, Central Service, the former First National Bank, and the East Liverpool City Hospital Children’s Ward. Mary Sue left her artistic mark at her church sanctuary as well where her decorative banners have been displayed for many years. In 1969, she presented the church with a pictorial batik history on display in the sanctuary in honor of her grandmother, Sue Esterly Boyce.

Being faithful to her church was one of the most important parts of Mary Sue’s life. As a member of the First United Methodist Church, she gave her time and energy by serving on the Administrative Board, Council on Ministries, Worship Committee and taught the Wesleyan Crusaders Adult Sunday School Class. In 2019, the church named her Sunday School Class in her honor. That same year, she was named the Annual Honoree for Special Missions by the Women’s Society of the church. She also served on the Steubenville District Strategic Task Force from 1989 to 1990. Her activity in the East Ohio Conference included: Commission on Status & Role of Women, Board of Trustees, and the Conference Restructuring Task Force.
Mary Sue was honored for much of her service: Spirit of ’76 Religious Freedom Award; John Collier Award in Business and Finance; Quotarian of the Year in 1989, Who’s Who of American Women and Beta Kappa Pi Legal Honorary.

She is survived by two brothers: Charles B. Lang and his wife, Rebecca, of East Liverpool, Ohio, and James R. Lang and his wife, Marilyn, of Trumbull, Connecticut. There are two nephews: Lance, Christopher and Jimmy, as well as a niece Barbara Spratley, along with several great nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit Sunday afternoon at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from noon to 4 p.m. Pastor Stephen J. Knisely will conduct a funeral service Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery.

Following the service, friends and family will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.

Memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in care of the Roof Repair Fund at the First United Methodist Church, 200 West 5th Street, East Liverpool, Ohio.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dawson Funeral Home
    215 West Fifth Street
    East Liverpool, Ohio
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    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    First United Methodist Church
    200 West Fifth Street
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    Pastor Stephen J. Knisely
  • Interment

    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 |
    Riverview Cemetery
    2026 St. Clair Avenue
    East Liverpool, Ohio
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    Monday, June 3rd, 2019
  • Reception

    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 |
    Dawson Family Center
    220 West Fifth Street
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    Monday, June 3rd, 2019
    immediately following the cemetery service

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Mary and To y Sanfilippo and Jessica Miller and Copeland Oaks/Crandall Medical Center have sent flowers to the family of Mary Sue Lang.
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Steve Galloway

I offer my deepest condolences to the Lang family. Along with Francis and Rachel, Mary Sue was my next-door neighbor from 1984 to 1993. She always took great care of her garden, which occupied much of their backyard. When I was in high school, my friends and I played kickball in my backyard. Often, the ball ended up in Mary Sue's garden. Even though we were very careful about our footing when we retrieved the ball, this was not ideal for her garden. However, Mary Sue never got upset and was always friendly with us.
Steve Galloway
Comment | Posted at 11:49pm via Condolence

Cindy Birch

I am so very sorry to hear this. I loved Mary Sue. She was my go to for any Quota Club information. She was President before I was. We went to a few conferences and she was a lot of fun. A very special woman who made the world a better place.
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Mary and To y Sanfilippo and Jessica Miller

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Dawn Tallman

Mary Sue had great generosity of spirit - giving was a way of life. She never hesitated to give of herself and she certainly helped the world along. She was such a fun person with creativity and a sense of humor. She teased her grown up brother with twinkling eyes. She would always share a cup of tea and a caring heart. Everything she did, she did just right. We miss you, Mary Sue but you will always be in our hearts and memory.
Jim and Dawn Tallman
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Copeland Oaks/Crandall Medical Center

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