Margaret J. “Meg” Bovinett

Margaret J. “Meg” Bovinett, 38, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021, in Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 7, 1983, in Mount Vernon to John and Marilyn Chidester. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2001, and from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio, in 2006, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She sang in the Heidelberg Concert Choir and was a member of the Euglossian Society and Allies, the school’s gay-straight support group.

Meg married Donald J. Bovinett, Jr., at Heidelberg Beach on August 2, 2008. She worked for J. P. Morgan Chase and PNC banks, where she was adored by her customers, before deciding on a career in education. She worked as a classroom aide at Dan Emmett Elementary School, and in the last two years of her life pursued a masters degree in early childhood education at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University, while battling stage IV metastatic melanoma.

Meg was a lifelong member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Mount Vernon, where she was a member of the youth group and the youth bell choir, served on the pastoral search committee, and sang in the church choir.

Meg was a beautiful soul with a loving, caring heart who spread sunshine, love, and joy to everyone she met. She loved her family fiercely, especially her three children, Joey, Dorothy, and MollyLou, with whom she enjoyed cooking, reading stories, beach time, and planning fun times to have. She loved Heidelberg Beach near Vermilion, OH, were she spent many summers growing up with her parents and brothers, and later with her husband and children. She was an avid reader and was a fan of James Patterson’s Alex Cross novels. She never met a stranger and was unfailingly kind to everyone in her life.

Meg is survived by her husband of 13 years, Donald J. Bovinett, Jr., son Donald “Joey” Bovinett III, daughters Dorothy Molly Jean Bovinett and MollyLou Jorah Bovinett, all of the home, parents John and Marilyn Chidester of Mount Vernon, brothers Brian (Mary) Chidester of Warren, RI, and Robert (Angela) Chidester of Milan, MI, parents-in-law Donald and Vickie Bovinett of Rockford, IL, brothers-in-law Sean (Katelyn) Bovinett of Dexter, IA, Jason Bovinett of Salix, IA, and Justin Bovinett of Williamsburg, IA, sister-in-law Christine (Aaron) Jacobsen of Salix, IA, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service for Meg will be held at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Mount Vernon, on Saturday, September 18, time to be announced. Guests are respectfully required to be masked and, if eligible, vaccinated against COVID-19. An additional memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, October 10, at Heidelberg Beach, where a memorial tree will be planted in Meg’s honor.

In lieu of flowers, friends are suggested to make memorial contributions to First Congregational United Church of Christ or the Melanoma Research Alliance.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Margaret J. “Meg” Bovinett.

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