Marjorie H. “Marge” Ourant


Marjorie H. “Marge” Ourant, age 91, of Scio, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Community Hospice Truman House, New Philadelphia,

Born November 14, 1927 in Belmont County she was the oldest of ten children born to the late Leslie K Smith and Velma Boniphant Smith.

Marge moved to Scio in 1947 to work as a beautician for Wilma Gotshall. During her lunch breaks she would eat at Ourant’s Lunch, now The Restaurant, and met the love of her life Jack Ourant. They married Oct. 10, 1948 and she continued working part-time as a beautician. When her three daughters came along they were her main focus and she was very involved with the band booster club.  Marge loved kids so in 1970 she jumped at the chance to drive school bus for Scio and then Jewett-Scio,Schools, she retired in 1987. She enjoyed helping Jack at Dining Fork Ruritan Club activities and for many years they were devoted volunteers at the Harrison County Home. Every week Marge would use her talents playing the piano and the residents would sing along or they would play Bingo. Marge also played piano for Scio Presbyterian, Plum Run and Ridge Presbyterian Churches over the years.

Surviving are her husband of 70 years Jack Ourant, daughters Donna (Gene) Kimmel of Oklahoma City, OK, Carol A. Ourant and special friend Deasnn Trionfante of Ostrander,and Kathie Ourant of Delaware; a grandson Jason (Kenna) Kimmel of Colorado; great grandson Obediah Kimmel; a sister Delora “Billie Jean” Zollar of St. Clairsville; brothers Charles (Joan) Smith of Flushing, Wayne Smith of St Clairsville and Robert Dale Smith of North Carolina and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  

Preceding her in death are two grandchildren Kenneth and Melinda Kimmel, three brothers and two sisters.

Services were held Sunday in Koch Funeral Home, Scio. Burial took place in Grandview Cemetery, Scio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice House 716 Commercial Ave SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


  1. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all at this time. Marge was a wonderful lady and a little spit fire!!!! Marge was a Great pillar of the Scio comunity and she will Greatly missed by all. I always looked forward to seeing your Mom and Dad at Algonquin Mill for many years. You will all be in our prayers and May God Continue to bless you all and keep you in his loving arms in the coming Days. Joe and Nancy McGINNIS

  2. Dear Donna and family, So very sorry to hear of your mother’ s passing..I will always remember her hospitality and meals at your table when you and I were kids..You have been a wonderful caregiver over the past years as you have shared how you traveled back and forth to be with your folks..May you be comforted by the love of the Father and rest in His arms as He welcomes your lovely mom to her heavenly Lana

  3. Thank you for your kind words..and she definitely was a little spit fire..Mom and Dad also enjoyed seeing you and catching up at the Mills Festival and the Street Fair. If you are in the area please stop by and say hello to Dad..he would really enjoy it.


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