The Bexley community is mourning the loss of longtime resident and school district employee Susan Scatterday.

The Bexley community is mourning the loss of longtime resident and school district employee Susan Scatterday.

Scatterday, 92, died at her home March 14. A memorial service was held Tuesday at Bexley United Methodist Church.

Scatterday graduated from Worthington High School in 1933 and received a master's degree from Ohio State University in 1940. She then taught at Montrose School and later served as reading supervisor of Bexley schools.

She became the first principal of Maryland Avenue Elementary School in 1950. After retiring in 1973, Scatterday was elected to the Bexley school board in 1974 and served until 1981.

Martha Randall was teaching kindergarten in Perrysburg, Ohio, in 1956 when she heard of an opening in Bexley. She was interviewed and hired on a Saturday morning by Scatterday.

"I have known her since then," Randall said. "We have been friends that entire time. She was a wonderful principal, as everyone knows."

School board member Diane Peterson said her grandmother, Julia Spohr, served as the first parent-teacher association president at Maryland elementary while Scatterday was the principal.

"When I attended Maryland, Ms. Scatterday already retired," Peterson said. "She was extremely supportive and encouraging when I ran for the board of education."

Peterson said Scatterday was energetic and continued to be interested in Bexley schools even after she stepped down from the board of education.

"Ms. Scatterday was always interested in what we were doing at the schools and interested in how the students were responding to programs we were offering," Peterson said.

District treasurer Chris Essman was treasurer during the end of Scatterday's tenure on the school board. He was hired by the board of education in 1979.

"She was just a very kind, sweet person who loved education and loved Bexley," he said.

Scatterday was born April 17, 1916, to Henry and Caroline Scatterday in Worthington. She was a member of the Bexley United Methodist Church, the Bexley Women's Club and the Ohio State University Alumni Association.