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In Memory of
Mary Alice Archer
June 30, 1922 - October 29, 2020

Tuesday, November 3rd from 5-7 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Wednesday, November 4th at 10 am at Church of the Messiah

Chandlersville Cemetery

On October 29 Mary Alice Archer, 98-year-old mother of two and long-time Westerville resident, passed away at Friendship Village in Columbus.

Mary Alice Mansperger was born on June 30, 1922 in Chandlersville, Ohio, the youngest daughter of John E. and Hattie Manspergers three children. A 1940 graduate of the Chandlersville High School, Mary attended Ohio University in 1942, majoring in primary education. In 1946 she married Denver Archer, moving to Columbus where son John was born in 1952 followed by Robert in 1953. When Denver rejoined the US Army, Mary supervised moving the family to Ft. Reilly Kansas, Giessen Germany, Ft. Knox Kentucky, Mannheim Germany, and Romulus New York. In 1971 the family settled in Westerville.

Marys lifelong love of children led to teaching positions in many schools and churches. She was one of the founders of the Radcliff (KY) Methodist Church and a member of the Church of the Messiah for over 45 years, where she taught and served on various church commissions. She was a presiding judge at the Westerville Board of Elections for 25 years. For 77 years she was a member of the Order of Eastern Stars including the Triangle Chapter in northern Columbus where she held several roles.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents John and Hattie, her sister Beulah, her brother Dale, and her husband Denver. She is survived by her two sons John and Bob, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A public viewing will be held at Moreland Funeral Home, 55 E Schrock Rd, Westerville on Tuesday, November 3 from 5-7 PM. Her funeral service will be at Church of the Messiah, 51 N State St, Westerville on Wednesday, November 4 at 10:00 AM. Interment will take place following the funeral service at 2:30 PM at Chandlersville Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Marys name to the Church of the Messiah Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society.


Jerry & Norma Coyle

Oct 31, 2020

Dear John and Bob, we were so sorry to hear about your Mother. We had a lot of good talks when we were looking after Mary Virginia. I would call her it didn't matter what time of the day or night and she was always there to stay with me. I am sure you will miss her much. Thank Care and God Bless Jerry and Norma Coyle


Marilee Lyman

Nov 2, 2020

Bob and family: I'm so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. I will be praying for you and your family


Rex Skelton

Nov 2, 2020

Sorry to hear about your mother's passing.


Valli Kirkbride

Nov 2, 2020

John, Bob and family, My sincere and deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. Aunt Mary was truly a wonderful and Special lady. May God provide peace and comfort during this difficult time.


Scott and Vicky Grimes

Nov 2, 2020

We were very very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We always told her she was the glue that held the Mansperger family together. We will always remember her as a lively and energetic individual. She will be missed.


Julie & Kenny Brooks

Nov 2, 2020

Mary Alice (always both names when mentioned in our family!), was a force to be reckoned with! She gave her all in all that she did. She was one of my grandmother's cousins, and she was the go-to in the family for genealogy. Sorry that we can't make it to the services....


Steve, Susan and Mike Sloan

Nov 2, 2020


Edna Mae

Nov 3, 2020


Vicki (Clinker) Snyder

Nov 12, 2020

I just read online of Mary's passing. To the family: My mother had the pleasure of being Mary's roommate for a few months in 2019, and I treasure the opportunity to have gotten to know Mary during that time. Mary had a beautiful smile, and it was such a pleasure to see her happiness especially during the physical and virtual visits on Sundays by her sons and church friends. Am sending my sincere condolences to all of you and pray that your sense of loss will be mingled with the comfort of God's love and peace.


Steve Tupps

Nov 21, 2020

TO the Archer Family I am so very sorry for the loss of Mary. I grew up one street over from Mary and Denver. I delivered their newspaper for 5 yrs. When I would come to collect every month. Mary would answer the door in her amazing upbeat persona. It was always great to see her and Denver. I also went to The Church of the Messiah.. So I would see her at functions there too. She was one of a kind. If everyone in this world had her outlook and positive attitude the world would be perfect. She was truly a one of a kind. May she rest in peace.