Anna Mary Heywood, a former board of education member and councilman in Ottawa Hills who had served as senior warden at St. Michael's in the Hills Episcopal Church, died Wednesday in Swan Creek Retirement Village. She was 88.
The cause of death, according to her son William Heywood III, was cardiopulmonary arrest. She had lived about six years at Swan Creek, he said.
Mrs. Heywood was appointed to a vacancy on the Ottawa Hills school board in 1961, but did not run for the seat in the election.
She returned to public office in 1980 when she took a seat on Ottawa Hills village council, again filling a vacancy. She subsequently was elected to council and stepped down in 1987.
The former Anna Chidester, she was in the first graduating class of Ottawa Hills High School in 1941.
She was honored by the Ohio Department of Education for receiving the highest grade on tests taken by seniors in Lucas County.
She obtained a bachelor's degree in 1945 from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, graduating cum laude.
Mr. Heywood said his mother studied pre-med but didn't pursue medical school because she anticipated that soldiers would be returning from World War II and believed they should have the opportunity instead. With her pre-med background, she became a medical technician at what was then Mercy Hospital and at the Toledo Clinic's former location on Collingwood Boulevard.
She married William Heywood, who was a widower and father of three children, On Aug. 11, 1951.
The couple were introduced to each other by friends, her son said.
Mr. Heywood, who was 7 years old when his father married, said Mrs. Heywood did not return to work and instead focused on raising their children -- a family that eventually grew to six -- and became active in the community.
The couple lived for four years in Fort Wayne, Ind., and for one in Pottstown, Pa., during the 1960s, but then returned to Ottawa Hills.
Mr. Heywood, a retired division manager for what was then called Dana Corp, died April 17, 1989.
Among the organizations with which Mrs. Heywood volunteered were the YWCA of Toledo and Toledo Repertoire Theatre, for which she served on the boards.
She also was on the allocation committee of the United Way of Greater Toledo.
Mr. and Mrs. Heywood were among the founding members of St. Michael's.
They at one time each held the positions of senior and junior warden in the church vestry.
Margaret Sammons, co-rector at the church, said Mrs. Heywood was an immediate supporter of her and her husband when they went to St. Michael's nearly 20 years ago.
"From the beginning, she was just so enthusiastic and open to some new ideas," she said.
"She had a number of challenges in her life, and she took each of them with grace. She was a model to all of us. She was loving and concerned about other people."
She was a past treasurer of the Junior League of Toledo and a reader for the Toledo Society for the Blind.
Surviving are her sons, William III, John, David, and Robert Heywood; daughter, Stephanie Heywood; brother, Murray Chidester; 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services are to be Sept. 15, starting at 11 a.m., in St. Michael's, followed by visitation with the family and a reception at the church. The Coyle Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
The family suggests tributes to Swan Creek Retirement Village or YWCA of Toledo.
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