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MRS. MARY JANE
(MJ) FROST
Mary Jane Hamilton Frost was
born January 7, 1934, in Gallipolis,
Ohio, to Harry Edwin Hamilton and
Margaret Stephenson Breniser.
She was a graduate of Jackson
High School in Jackson, Ohio,
and the Sacred Heart School of
Business in 1951.
Affectionately known as “MJ”, she
served the West Ohio Conference
as a secretary for 20 years, retiring
in 1999. She was also a former
secretary for the Franklin County
MRDD. On September 17, 1955,
she became the wife of Jack
Frost. They had four children:
Roxanna, Scott, Joel and Jack.
Her six grandchildren enjoyed her
wit and humor.
MJ was an active member of
the Ohio Society of Professional
Engineers Auxiliary, the Memorial
Hospital of Union County
Auxiliary, Community and
Seasoned Citizens, supporter
of the Union County Concert
Association and Twig 6. MJ loved
a good time socializing with
friends at local coffee, donut
and breakfast shops. Her pies
were legendary, often creating
in excess of 100 pies for benefits.
She enjoyed ceramics, camping
and her grandchildren.
As a member of Marysville First
United Methodist Church, she
established a Charitable Gift
Annuity in 2004, with the Council
on Development that would
provide for her church at her
death, which came much too
soon on January 12, 2011, following
a brief illness.
REVEREND ROBERT
AND MRS. SARAH
(SALLIE) ELIZABETH
BYLER
Rev. Dr. Robert A. and Mrs. Sallie
Byler decided in 1993 (March
8th) to make a Charitable Gift
Annuity through the Council on
Development. Based on their
ages at the time of their gift, they
were able to receive an annuity
of 7.9 percent for their joint lives.
In addition, they named the
Ministers’ Retirement Fund of
the West Ohio Conference as
the beneficiary of this gift.
Dr. Byler was born July 29, 1914,
in Edinburg, Pennsylvania, son of
the late Jonah and Mary Katherine
Kurtz Byler, and died at the age of
96 on July 13, 2011, at the Cape May
Retirement Village. His first wife,
Sarah (Sallie) Elizabeth Baillie Byler,
preceded him in death December
24, 1995. He was survived by his
second wife, Eunice Garman
Byler, who died November 26,
2011. He is survived by his children:
Barbara, Philip, and Christopher;
and a step-daughter, Linda, and
five grandchildren, two step-
grandchildren, one great grandson,
and five step-great grandchildren.
Dr. Byler was a retired Methodist
minister. He was appointed to
the Bexley Church in Columbus
in 1971, and served there until
his retirement in 1985. After
retirement he continued to
serve as an assistant pastor in
the Columbus area at Riverside
United Methodist Church, Broad
Street United Methodist Church,
and Church of the Redeemer
United Methodist Church in
Reynoldsburg.
REVEREND JOHN AND
MRS. ANN KLEIN
Reverend John “Jack” Klein was
born to John C. and Goldie
Schantz Klein on March 22, 1921,
in Braeburn, PA. Ann Wynn
Fitzpatrick Klein was born July 23,
1924, in Culloden, GA, to Thomas
M. and Anna Wynn Fitzpatrick.
Both are graduates of Garrett
Evangelical Seminary where
they met and later married on
September 16, 1947. They raised
four children: Kathy, Kenneth,
Keith and Kristine; they were the
proud grandparents of eleven.
Reverend and Mrs. Klein served
more than a dozen Methodist
and United Methodist churches
in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and
Ohio. In 1986, the couple retired to
Chapel Hill and relocated to Twin
Lakes Community in 2006. Jack
died later that year in October at
the age of 85.
During Ann’s later years in North
Carolina, she continued her social
work with the Council on Aging
and Inter-Faith Council in Chapel
Hill. She worked and raised
money for multiple charities
such as Habitat for Humanity
and Heifer International, which
was the recipient of memorial
donations made in her name.
Ann died on Christmas Day, 2011,
at the age of 87.
The Kleins established two
Charitable Gift Annuities: jointly
in 2001 and another by Ann in
2007. They received life income
and at their deaths the remainder
was distributed to the Ministers’
Retirement and Healthcare Fund
of the West Ohio Conference.
MRS. MARGERY WING
SISSON RUNYAN
Margery Wing Sisson Runyan
died peacefully April 2, 2011 at the
age of 91. She was the daughter
of Lewis Hamilton Sisson and
Margaret Parker Sisson. She
married the late Richard Van
Pelt Runyan and they raised their
four girls, identical twins, Malinda
and Margery; and Anne and
Catherine.
Margery graduated from Hillsdale
Academy in 1937 and went on to
Smith College where she majored
in Government. She returned to
Cincinnati to do pioneering work
for IBM in its early years and also
funded an MA/JD in Women’s
Studies and Law fellowship at
the University of Cincinnati.
Margery returned to school at
age 50, receiving a Masters in
Library Science. She served as a
school librarian in Paulsboro, NJ
and Miamisburg, OH, and at the
Dayton Public Library until her
retirement at age 71.
She enjoyed singing in the choir
at South Park United Methodist
Church in Dayton where she
was an active congregant for
40 years. She loved life, helping
and inspiring others through her
wisdom, intellect, joy, empathy
and beautiful and contagious
smile. In June 1995, Mrs. Runyan
established a Charitable Gift
Annuity. From this gift, Mrs.
Runyan received an annuity
for her life, in addition to other
tax benefits. At her death she
directed the remaining funds to
be distributed to the South Park
United Methodist Church.
During the past year, numerous friends of the Council on Development who received life income or annuities from earlier gifts
have passed away. We are pleased to honor and acknowledge these donors and trust that the information we have written is
accurate and encouraging to those who read it.
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DONORS/GIFTS