Marianne Ellen Ashbrook Whitacre Divers

Apr 29, 1923 - Mar 3, 2013

Marianne Ellen Ashbrook Whitacre Divers, 89, passed away March 3, 2013, at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. She resided at Gaymont Nursing Center, Norwalk, since 2012.

She was born April 29, 1923, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Linda Louise Lange Ashbrook Jarrett and Louis Denton Ashbrook II. She lived and attended school in Cleveland until she completed third grade when she, her two siblings, and her mother moved to the Florence-Birmingham area.

She was a 1941 graduate of Birmingham High School and then attended Mount Sinai School of Nursing in Cleveland. There she was in the Army Nurse Corps Cadet program and earned her Registered Nursing Degree in 1944. After graduating with her RN, she served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1945-1946 during World War II, as the charge of quarters nurse at Newton D. Baker Army Hospital in Shepardstown, W.Va.

After the war, upon returning to the area, Marianne performed private duty nursing for a time, spent a short time as a nurse at Norwalk Memorial Hospital, and after 35 years retired as the head of the Obstetrics Department at Allen Memorial Hospital, Oberlin, Ohio.

While her kids were growing up, she worked midnight shift full-time so she would be home with the kids during the day. She also found time to volunteer as a Brownie Troop and Girl Scout Leader. She served as a volunteer at Red Cross Bloodmobile drives, was a member of the Wakeman Grange, Huron County Farm Bureau, and for a few years taught Bible School in the summer at the Wakeman Congregational Church, where she was a member. After she retired she worked part-time at the Back Door Florist Shop in Wakeman, and did some volunteer work and helped with fundraising for various community organizations such as the Wakeman Library, Friends of the Wakeman Library, and the Wakeman Fire Department Auxiliary.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Edie (Mark) Painter of Willard, Dorothy (Tom) McGuinness of Mansfield, Texas, and King (Debralee) Divers of Milan; seven grandchildren, Colin (Catherine) McGuinness of Texas, Seth (Alicia) McGuinness of Texas, Kent (Becky) Painter of Willard, Ross (Lindsay) Painter of Willard, Carisa Painter of Shelby, Ohio, C. Kelsey Divers of Milan, and Kale Divers of Milan; great-granddaughter, Avery McGuinness of Texas; and great-grandson, Madden McGuinness of Texas; brother, Robert A. Ashbrook of Utah; half-sister, MaryLou (Ashbrook) Crohan of Massachusetts; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Harold L. (General) Divers in 2000, whom she married March 15, 1952, at the Congregational Church in Florence, Ohio; sister, Dorothy (Ashbrook) Kocher in 2011; mother, Linda Jarrett in 1963; stepfather, King E. Jarrett in 1983; biological father, Louis Ashbrook II in 1971; infant brother, Louis Denton Ashbrook III; and first husband, Paul Whitacre in 1951.

Friends may call 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Morman Funeral Home, 16 Cooper St., Wakeman. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wakeman Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Wakeman Congregational Church, Friends of the Wakeman Library, or Stein Hospice Care Center.

Condolences may be left at mormanfuneralhome.com.