Theresa (McDonald) Stout
Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes
202 Maple Ave., Oak Hill, Ohio 45656
Theresa Stout, age 93, of Hamden and Oak Hill, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 20, 2021. She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, to the late Frances (Mack) McDonald and Agnes (Garrett) McDonald on June 2, 1927. She was a graduate of the old Portsmouth Holy Redeemer Catholic High School in 1944.
After she graduated from high school, she went to work for Alexander Carpet Company and the Ohio State Auditor’s Office. She was one of the first operators for the tele-a-type machine.
She married Joseph Richard Stout in 1950, and moved back to Scioto County, where they began their family of five children.
In 1966, the family moved to Oak Hill, Ohio. She became a member of the United Methodist Church and returned to the work force once the children were older, working at Buckeye Mart, Grant Trucking and Land Mark. Wanting to do something more helpful for communities, she returned to school and graduated from Rio Grande (Buckeye Hills Career Center) College in 1977 as an LPN at the age of fifty.
She worked at Gallipolis State Institute, and was one of the first nurses to be employed when long-term care opened at the Oak Hill Community Medical Center, a position she held for five years. Next, she used her business skills and nursing skills and worked as the manager of the Davis Home for the next seventeen years.
Medical complications forced her to retire in 2001, as she was told she would never walk again. She then moved in with Kristina and Rodney Cartwright, but her resilience and strength proved the doctor wrong, and she was doing the jitter-bug within one year at the Morgan’s Raid Reenactment Festival, in Wilkesville, Ohio.
Since then, she has enjoyed traveling to Orlando, Florida, Salisbury, MD, and Portland and Eugene, OR, visiting family and friends.
Many of the activities that she enjoyed are cooking, crocheting, and typing letters and tales of her youth. Always wanting to help others, she believed in supporting missionaries and helping those in her community. She was an avid reader and always continued her education. Her biggest love was her love for the Lord, His word, (even studying the Bible at age 93+) and His church., and her love for the Lord, her family and friends will never end.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by Patrick McDonald, Mary McDonald, Joseph Richard Stout, Monica Sue King, Jody Marie King and two great-grandchildren, Levi King and Bella Kristen Leonard; much beloved and dear sister-in-law, Jean Kent, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
She is survived by her siblings, Kathleen (Donald) Foster, of Salisbury, MD and Rebecca (Timothy) Ford; children, Paul Christian, Patrick Christian, Richard Ford, Karen Ford, Nathan Ford, Sean Ford; son-in-law, Richard Christian; Joseph Richard Stout II (Rikk and Mary) and beloved friend, Bob Farley; son-in-law, Michael King; grandchildren: Leon King, Sara (Kenneth) Leonard, Carly King, Kristina (Rodney) Cartwright; grandchildren, Hugh (Becky) Paterson III, Jeremiah (Sarah) Paterson, Jonathon (Jaimie) Paterson, Jedidiah (Julia) Paterson, Moriah Paterson, Joseph (Chani) Paterson, Monica Paterson; and Theresa’s second family that loved her as their own: Richard (Sharon) Cartwright, Randy (Oneta) Cartwright, Ronald (Tiffany) Cartwright, Ryan (Beth) Cartwright, Christopher Stout (Sonia Henaman), Melissa Stout and Austin Stout, along with great-grandchildren.
Friends may call Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 11-1 at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Oak Hill. Funeral services will immediately follow at 1:00 with Pastor Butch Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in C.M. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to any charity of your choice in memory of Theresa. Per CDC guidelines and governor regulations everyone is required to wear a mask and practice proper social distancing procedures. Online condolences may be sent to www.lewisgillum.com.