Mary Leah Jacobson Auvil

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” ~ Psalm 116:15
Mary Leah Jacobson Auvil, 64, of Simpsonville, passed unexpectedly from this world to be with the Lord in the early afternoon of Tuesday, July 21, 2020. She was a precious and steadfast Christian woman who became the epitome of the Proverbs 31 wife, mother and servant of Almighty God.

Mary was born November 3, 1955 to Joel J. Jacobson and Mary Louise (Loxterman) Jacobson in Painesville, Ohio, where she also attended Thomas W. Harvey High school and graduated across town at Riverside High School in 1974 where she met Glenn C. Auvil, who became her best friend, the love of her life and husband of over 41 years and the father of the four wonderful children that they raised. Mary also earned an Associates Degree in Science at Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio.

She and her family started a new chapter in life in 1998 when they left snowy northeastern Ohio, relocating to sunny Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Her interests were diverse and many, as she brought excellence to everything that she did. An outstanding homemaker, Mary was extremely creative and industrious, her culinary exploits were legendary labors of love, creating large and fantastic meal events for her family on most Sundays and Holidays; she was wonderful at sewing, crocheting, quilting, arts, crafts and decorative painting of every kind; she was a formidable Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and yet also a skilled Ballroom and Rhythm dancer, being just as comfortable gardening in her blue jeans as she was in ballroom attire on the dance floor. Yet, Mary viewed her many accomplishments with great modesty.

Mary’s greatest achievements were the four children she raised to be good, fit and capable people, and caring for the ensuing grandchildren that she adored; also, accepting and understanding people for who they are, always looking for practical ways to love them and meet the needs others might not see, with humility and often without words. She found great joy in the success and happiness of her family and for every person and creature that she helped.

Mary is survived by her husband, Glenn C. Auvil, whom she married in Painesville on May 21, 1979; four awesome children, sons Daniel Glenn (Laura) Auvil and Dr. Andrew Mark (Christina) Auvil; daughters Elisabeth Janine (Beau) Givens and Joy Anne (Jeff) Schmauch; eight grandchildren, John, Abigail and Margaret Auvil; Hudson, Caroline and Bryar Givens; and Lillian and Jacob Schmauch, all living in the Simpsonville – Greenville area. Brothers Jon (Joan) Jacobson of Painesville, Nels Jacobson of Wetumpka, Alabama ; and Blaise(Donna) Jacobson of Cross, South Carolina, and a sister, Clare (Keith) Barstow of Painesville; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Glenn Jacobson, Joel C. Jacobson and sister Veda Louise Jacobson.

A Graveside Service celebrating Mary’s life and homegoing will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM in Cannon Memorial Park in Fountain Inn, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, Mary would have preferred that you invest in local charities that reach out to bring relief to local needs, such as Meals on Wheels, Miracle Hill or the Salvation Army, or any random acts of kindness.

Condolences to the family of Mary Leah Jacobson Auvil

  • Charlie Slate
    4 years ago

    Dear Glen,
    I just saw. I can’t tell you sorry I am. Mary was someone who always put a smile on my face, and uplifted those around her. And what wonderful things she created. It was my honor to know her and to be a fellow “maker.” She’ll be missed.

  • Michelle Moore
    4 years ago

    Heartbreaking to hear about Mary’s passing. She brought such joy and smiles to all of us on the dance floor. Mary will truly be missed.
    ~Michelle from your dance family

  • Joe Fletcher
    4 years ago

    Glen, I’m so sorry – we all enjoyed being around Mary. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort.

  • ken auvil
    4 years ago

    Aunt Ruth just shared the bad new about losing Mary.

    She must have been a remarkable woman to have raised such a wonderful family.

    God bless!

    Uncle Ken & Aunt Laura

  • Mary Anise Turner
    4 years ago

    I am shocked and saddened to hear about Mary’s passing. My heart is so heavy for you and your family. Please know I will be praying for you in the days ahead.

  • Ruth Breazeale
    4 years ago

    Glen I am so sorry to hear about Mary. I always enjoyed talking with her. She always had a smile for everyone. She will be missed. May God give your and your family the Straight to get through this difficult time.

  • Marilyn Walker
    4 years ago

    Craig, this is your cousin marilyn I often thought about all the fun times I had visiting in painesville. Thought about the family often. I am so sorry for your loss of your lovely wife. I am sorry we never met. The tribute that was written about her makes me sad that she will no longer brighten and help this world. You all will be reunited in heaven. Hug your children and tell them how sorry I am for their loss

  • Buzz Auvil
    4 years ago

    Dear Craig and Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. In reading Mary’s beautiful tribute, I think it so true that those who love deeply are in turn deeply loved.

  • James, Gillian, & Iain Mowry
    4 years ago

    She was kind, a pleasure to converse with, a great mother and a great cook! It has been my privilege to have known such a wonderful family all these years. God bless. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Lou Caulk
    4 years ago

    Dear family of Mary,
    I worked with Mary at M. Dohmen for several years. My condolences in her passing. Mary was such a person of faith and integrity and was greatly missed at Dohmen. I know this has been very difficult for all of you. I hope it helps knowing it’s not goodbye but see you later. Sincerely,
    Lou Caulk

  • Susan Oliver
    4 years ago

    Hi Glen,
    Maryna just gave us the sad news. We are in tears and shock. It is such a profound loss for you and your family. Mary sure loved those grandbabies! And she loved Jesus. The “dark corner” at the dance studio will not be the same. We hope to see you tomorrow. Praying for you ALL! Susan and Rolla Oliver

  • Monica Frantz
    4 years ago

    Glenn, you have my deepest sympathies. What a shock to hear of Mary’s passing. Her smile will be missed on the dance floor at Carolina Ballroom. 🙏🙏🙏🙏 for you and your family at this grieving time.

  • Susan Auvil-Novak
    4 years ago

    There are no words and not enough flowers on this earth…I have only prayers to offer you and your family…God Bless.

  • Diane Bowen
    4 years ago

    To all the Auvil Family,
    I can’t put into words how sad I feel for your loss . I am and will continue to pray God to give you comfort and His peace. Mary , I miss our talks about God’s word,children,grandchildren,painting,world events everything. I know you are home now and I know you are happy and I will see you again dear friend!

  • Sandra Clayton
    4 years ago

    I cant begin to say how much my friend Mary is going to be missed. Glen I know how much you and Mary loved each other, because I could see it and she would tell me how you brought her flowers and I thought that was so sweet. She was precious to all of us, but to me she was a true friend and I will surely miss her. I KNOW God has her in his arms!

  • Dawn Hudson
    4 years ago

    Glenn & family,

    I’m very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I worked with Glenn for many years and have always heard what a great wife, mother and grandmother she was. She loved to cook and bake as well and sent goodies to us by Glenn on many occasions. He would always tell us she dressed him and he sure looked forward to their dance nights. May you both dance again one day. Until then, prayers for your family to gain some comfort in knowing she is only away in a better place. Cherish each other and every great moment & memory together. Rest peacefully Mary.

    With sympathy,
    Dawn Hudson

  • Linda Owens
    4 years ago

    Glenn, I am sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet your wonderful wife. I know that your loss is Heaven’s gain. You & your family have my sympathies. I pray that God gives y’all comfort & blessings. Love you in Christ. Don & Linda Owens

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