Mary Classen is the December Resident of the Month at Fairlawn Haven Retirement Community.
Born in Dayton, she graduated from Blue Creek High School, now Wayne Trace High School.
She was involved in music throughout her school years. In junior high, she started taking piano lessons and sang in choir every year until she graduated.
She met James Henderson at the movie theater, and they married. They made their home in Marysville, where their three children– Jim, Deb and Chuck– were born. Later they lived in Latty, south of Paulding.
In 1967, Mary moved to Hillcrest, between West Unity and Montpelier. She worked on the turnpike for two years but needed a better paying job.
Then she worked at Beatrice Frozen Foods in Archbold for a couple of years.
She retired from Campbell Soup Company after 15 years there.
Mary met Curt Classen while eating at the Home Restaurant in Archbold, and they married in 1983.
They first lived in a Fairlawn apartment where Curt was the manager. Then they lived in a condominium on Murbach Street. Curt died in 1995.
After Mary retired, she took several trips. One was to Georgia with her friend Valetta Werder, where they visited the home of Jimmy Carter, went to his church and listened to him teach Sunday school. They also visited the main office of Habitat for Humanity.
Mary collected U.S. stamps, bells, donkey figurines and dolls. She was involved in a card club, did a lot of crocheting, sewing and embroidering.
She came to live at Fairlawn Haven on June 1, 2012. She is very involved in the group activities.