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Ohio Wesleyan University Mourns Loss of Oldest Alumna

October 29, 2007

Mary Poe Timmons
DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University today is mourning the loss of its oldest graduate, 104-year-old Mary Poe Timmons of Van Wert, Ohio.

Timmons graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 1922 with a bachelor of science degree. Since then, more than 50 members of the Poe-Timmons family have attended the university, creating an enduring Ohio Wesleyan legacy. A son, brother, sister-in-law, and grandniece all have served as university trustees. Timmons died Oct. 27 in Van Wert.

Timmons last visited the campus in May, when she returned to celebrate her 85th class reunion and lead the annual Parade of Classes. (In 2002, she became the first alumna ever to attend her 80th class reunion.)

In 2003, Timmons received the Monnett Teapot, traditionally given to Ohio Wesleyan’s oldest living alumna. In her acceptance speech, she emphasized her love for her alma mater and the impact her OWU education had on her life.

After graduating, Timmons taught high school English, algebra, and geometry before marrying Donald Timmons, whom she met on the Ohio Wesleyan campus. They were married for 67 years before his death in 1991.

Full death notice information for Mary Poe Timmons is available online at the Van Wert County Times Bulletin Web site.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.