Abigail "Abby" Strayer

January 24, 1960 - October 9, 2021
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Abigail ‘Abby’ Bell Strayer of St. Mary’s, Ohio, just 61 years old went to be with Jesus at 2:24 a.m., Saturday, October 9, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends when she completed this life’s journey and transitioned into peace in Heaven.

Abby was born on January 24, 1960 to Charles and Mary (Hawkins) Strayer who preceded her in death along with siblings: Matthew Strayer, John Strayer and Hannah (Strayer) Jurkowski. Abby married Robin J. Melton on August 29, 2014 who also preceded her in death.

Abby is survived by her son – Aaron T. (Hannah) Binkley, foster son – Ethan (Shaylee) Dearsman and children – Vayda and Beckett; siblings – Daniel (Wendi) Strayer, Caleb Strayer, Joseph (Stephanie) Strayer, Sarah (Richard) Clark, Margaret Strayer, Susan Strayer; a brother-in-law – Mark (Katrina) Kinser and sister-in-law Diane (James) Wiseman.

Abby married Janice L. Dysert who has loved her, supported and cared for her through this last life battle. Jan also survives.

Abby graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Education degree followed by her attending Tiffin University where she received her Master in Business Administration degree. She spent her life enjoying family, friends, and travel. She liked long walks, crocheting, listening to music, completing complicated puzzles, kayaking, learning to play pickleball, singing and playing her dulcimer, costume parties, and festivals. She touched many many lives that were placed in her life journey with her quiet easy spirit and strong faith in God. Her wife Jan, son Aaron (Hannah) Binkley were the light of her life.

Funeral services will begin 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2021 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Burial will follow in St. Matthew Cemetery, near Cridersville.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, 2021 at the funeral home.

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Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806


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Born: January 24, 1960
Died: October 9, 2021

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Kathlene Dotson posted on 10/18/21

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Kathlene Dotson posted on 10/18/21

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Abby in this world. We worked together at JTPA years ago in Lima. Although our lives followed different paths, I've never forgotten Abby. Her gentle spirit, kindness and positivity touched my life in a profound way. May God bless her family and friends.


Jodi Lowry posted on 10/17/21

Abby I will never forget your many kindnesses to me. May you Rest In Peace


Sr. Cheryl Darr posted on 10/16/21

I remember Abby’s creativity and singing talent during her high school years at Notre Dame. May she now enjoy eternal peace!


Sr Colleen Marie Cousino posted on 10/15/21

My heart goes out to the friends and family of Abby. From our time together at the Sisters of Notre Dame, I remember her dry humor and her ability to transform a mundane conversation into an exchange with depth and thoughtfulness. Many prayers for all of you who will miss her!


Patty Koltunski Kennedy posted on 10/14/21

Prayers and sympathy for Abby's family and friends. With fondness, I remember our time together in the Notre Dame community.. I was privileged to meet her husband, but unfortunately not Jan. I am happy she spent her years with loving family members!


SisterAnn-Marie Borgess, SND posted on 10/14/21

Abby and I lived together when she was with the Sisters of Notre Dame many years ago. Abby was both gentle and strong. Her faith was inspiring. My prayers for her wife, son, and all others who lived her. Thank you, Abby, for your gentle light.


Sister Susan Kusz posted on 10/14/21

Abby was a quiet light when she spent time with the Sisters of Notre Dame many years ago. Her gentleness radiated from her. I am saddened to hear of her death. The song "Gone Too Soon" comes to my mind. May she know peace and joy now and may her family be comforted. Her name will be posted to the prayer board of the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the women's weekend retreat that begins this evening. All of us will be praying for Abby and for the whole family.


Sister Teresita Richards posted on 10/13/21

Abby and I were friends as children. Our Dad’s both ran bicycle shops. We spent time together while our Dads talked shop. My sympathy especially to Daniel and Caleb who also came over to our house. I’m praying for all of Abby’s family and friends.


Diana L Sanders-Wiseley posted on 10/12/21

I remember Abby from the days we both lived in Lima, (Elida for Abby). We both worked at JTPA together and moved to Findlay about the same time. What I remember most about her is her keen intelligence and compassion which is a rare combination. My deepest sympathy to her family.


Jim and Gloria Siverling posted on 10/11/21

Abby was a kind and compassionate person and we will surely miss her. Our sympathies to her family


Anna McMurray posted on 10/11/21

My thoughts and prayers are with all who knew and loved Abby. Rest in Heavenly Peace.


John Avers posted on 10/11/21

It has been my pleasure to work with Abby the last several years at ContiTech. She always had a positive, cheerful spirit and never heard her complain. Whenever we got involved in technical discussions, I was always amazed at how thoroughly she had researched things and knew so many little details. She intimately understood numerous software packages, even though her focus wasn't on IT. She was a quiet leader who led by example. Her dedication was especially evident as the chemo was taking a toll as she continued to make efforts to come in and provide leadership to her lab team. We are deeply saddened by her loss and she will be greatly missed. Sincerely,


Salvatore Darigo posted on 10/11/21

My deepest condolences to Abby's family and loved ones.


Brian W. Jurkowski posted on 10/10/21

I'm so sorry to hear of this...Abby was an amazing woman and a wonderful sister to my Hannah and a very good and wise sister in law to me. May God's comfort and peace be with you all now and at all times! I wish I could travel now, but rest assured my prayers are with you all! We will see Abby again in Paradise!


Sarah I Clark posted on 10/10/21

All my love and sympathy to my nephew Aaron and his family. My big sister Abby is in good company till we can all meet again, but know that the world will be poorer without her here.