Mrs. Ethel Marie Way Ormsbee, Elementary School Teacher
Mrs. Ormsbee was born on September 16, 1922, to Horace Lewis Way and Anna Marshall Way on her grandfather's small farm in Kennett Township, Pennsylvania. After her mother died in 1924, Ethel, her older sister, Sara, and father moved in with relatives in Lansdowne. In 1926 her father married Helen Chandler. Later that year the family moved to a new home in Media, Pennsylvania. Ethel, a great reader and lover of learning, spent her childhood and teenage years there, graduating from Media High School in 1940 as valedictorian. Through the influence of a favorite English teacher, Ethel attended the University of Delaware, covering her college expenses by waiting on tables and working in the university library. Though a committed Quaker, she was also active in the local Presbyterian Church in Newark. Because of World War II and the shortage of teachers, her program was accelerated and she graduated with her degree in elementary education in Deceber of 1943. After several teaching assignments in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Ethel pursued a master's degree in social work, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950. Through a professional conference she attended, she was hired to work as a social worker out of the Rickoff School in Cleveland. In 1952 she met and later married Marcus Ormsbee, a former music teacher from Missouri who was transitioning to the new computer industry. Soon they moved out of Cleveland to Lake County where Ethel devoted her energies to raising their five children. Ethel and Marcus lived in Lake County for more than 50 years, including eight years in Mentor and 44 years in Perry. When her youngest started school, Ethel returned to teaching, ultimately serving as a second grade teacher in Perry Local Schools for more than 20 years. After she retired in 1985, Ethel continued to invest in children, teaching in afterschool programs in Perry and leading Pioneer Girls clubs in Leroy. She also volunteered with the Red Cross for area blood drives and the Board of Elections as a precinct clerk. Ethel and Marcus were also active members in the Perry Methodist Church, Faith Baptist Church of Perry, and Leroy Community Chapel. The Ormsbees sold their Perry home in 2004 and moved to Cedarville, Ohio, to be close to family members during their later years. However, their hearts remained with the many good friends, special memories, and beautiful property they enjoyed in Perry for more than four decades. Ethel went to heaven on December 9, 2016, after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Helen Way; her sister, Sara Berquist; her husband, Marcus Ormsbee; and a son, George L. Ormsbee. She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Jeanette Call with children Kimber (Aaron) Fessler and Matthew (Jenny) Call; David (Joni) Ormsbee with children Daniel and Benjamin; Linda Chrystal with children Stephanie, Adam, Renae, and Michael; and Kathryn (John) Foreman with children Caleb and Kara; and 7 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, friends may send gifts to the Ormsbee Family Scholarship awarded to Cedarville University education students, c/o Advancement, Cedarville University, 251 N Main Street, Cedarville, OH 45314.