YOUNGSTOWN - Marie A. Rupert, 81, transitioned from her earthly labor to her Heavenly home early Sunday morning, January 22, 2023, at Hospice House of The Valley.
Marie was born August 23, 1941, in Lexington, North Carolina, a daughter of John Hayden and Edna Lopp Hayden. The Hayden family relocated from Lexington, North Carolina to Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, before settling down in Campbell. Marie attended Campbell City Schools, and worked as a homemaker and later as a housekeeper at Levy Gardens Jewish Community Center before retiring. A faithful member of Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church. Marie was a dedicated homemaker and mother, an excellent cook, avid reader of mystery novels, loved working on crossword puzzles daily to keep her mind sharp. She enjoyed music of all genres (you could find her in the summertime listening to jazz in the park at Wick Park). Marie loved dancing as much as she loved music. Her favorite types of dance were fast hand-dancing, ballet, and line dancing. She also loved fashion, makeup and getting all dressed up to attend concerts and line-dancing events/banquets. For years Marie attended and participated in line dance classes, learning and mastering all the new line-dances, all over the tri-state area.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her five children, son, Dajuan (Randy) Jones, of Steubenville; daughters, Dedera (Mike) Griffin of Youngstown, Pamela Jones of Barberton, Danielle Hayden, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, prior to relocating back to the area to be her mom's caretaker, and her son, Ramon (Deborah) Rupert of Brooklyn, NY; thirteen grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; her siblings, Nancy (Joe) Byrd, John "Willie" Hayden, Ruby Silva, and Tyrone (Linda) Hayden; her adopted sister/niece, Jill Oliver; her domestic partner of over thirty years, Arthur Moore; aunts, uncles, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Fannie Mae Hayden, Kay Francis Mann, Louise Jones and Sarah Lee; a brother, Bruce Hayden; and grandsons, Jerome Williams and Mark Jones.
A celebration of life will be held at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, February 3, 2023. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Ministry of comfort, love, and dignity have been entrusted to L.E. Black, Phillips, and Holden Funeral Home
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marie A. Rupert, please visit our floral store.