February 17, 2010

Mary Hyre’s Obituary

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[As a postscript to the last post, here is the obituary for Mary Hyre, as it appeared in the Athens Messenger on February 17, 1970.]

Point Correspondent Mary Hyre Dies at 54


Messenger Special Writer

POINT PLEASANT — Mrs. Mary E. Hyre, 54, of 2911 Jackson Ave., Point Pleasant, died Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis after an illness of four weeks.

Mrs. Hyre had served as correspondent for the Athens Messenger for the past 27 years, and was in charge of the Point Pleasant branch office.  Prior to working in the news department, she was employed in the circulation department, and was in charge of carrier boys for several years.

She wrote the widely-read “Where the Waters Mingle” column in The Messenger in addition to her regular news coverage.  There was, perhaps, no story about which Mrs. Hyre wrote more than the collapse of the Silver Bridge in December, 1967.

A native of Gallia County, she was born at Clippers Mill, a daughter of the late Elmer E. and Anna Laura Ervin Plymale.  Her husband, Walter (Scotty) Hyre died Dec. 1, 1968.

She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church and the Service Guild of the church, Chapter No. 75 of the Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by a step-daughter, Mrs. L. R. Trembly of Charleston; two sisters, Mrs. Clinton Sayre of Point Pleasant and Mrs. Faye Carpenter of New Haven; one brother, Ervin J. Plymale of St. Albans; three step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Clifford Schane officiating.  Burial will be in Kirkland Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call at the Crow-Hussell Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Monday.  Eastern Star memorial services will be held at the funeral home Tuesday evening.


  1. Do we know why she dies so young?

    Comment by mamie — February 19, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

  2. Here’s what I wrote about Hyre’s death, here (the first death after the bridge collapse):

    Mary Hyre
    The date (or Mothman math) game played a role in this death. The first sighting (acknowledged by the media and first filed by reporter Mary Hyre) occurred when the Scarberrys and Mallettes saw Mothman on November 15, 1966, in the TNT area, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Then exactly thirteen months later, the Silver Bridge collapsed on December 15, 1967. Twenty-six months later (13 x 2) exactly, Mary Hyre died on February 15, 1970, at the age of 54, after a four-week illness. Hyre was the Point Pleasant correspondent for the Athens, Ohio newspaper The Messenger, and during the 1960s’ investigations, became a close friend of John A. Keel. (Her husband Scotty had died on December 1, 1968.)

    Comment by Loren Coleman — March 10, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

  3. maybe she died because of the mothman for informations: after the Silver Bridge’s colapse all the people that was witness of the mothman died horrible things like suicide, divorce a millions of times, die young, etc…

    Comment by phillip — March 21, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

  4. Hello, Mr. Keel.
    I am writing a presentation on Mothman for a PSU philosophy class called Science and Pseudoscience. I have a question for you. You seem like a rational person, and I would like to know: is there any harm in believing the wildest possible story? Would you be so kind as to write me back?
    Thank you.

    Comment by Caffeine Jones — May 8, 2012 @ 1:52 am

  5. Sadly, Mr.Keel passed in 2009. I really wish I had the chance to talk with him, and maybe even accompany him. Sigh. He was onto something major, something much MORE than just ufos or paranormal activity.

    Comment by Kisses4Katie — April 5, 2013 @ 12:10 am

  6. i am re reading Mothman Prophecies and have been to Point Pleasant. I dont think Mothman had any part in her death but I do think the men in black did. Mothman seems to come around before tragic events. there was so much UFO activity during this time and so many strange events. i think her job and participation with Mr. Keel in uncovering these situations placed her in great harm. scarey stuff to say the least

    Comment by marie — July 15, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

  7. Mary Hyre was certainly frightened by the strange people who visited her office; her letters show that. I’m not sure they had anything to do with her death, though; she was in poor health anyway.

    Comment by Doug — July 15, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

  8. As I understand it, the name “Mothman” was applied by out-of-state (non-West Virginian) news media of the time. Not out of any resemblance to a nocturnal lepidopteran insect. But, rather, as a pun on “Batman!” The now-classic Adam West TV show being in its first season, back then.

    Sadly, most documentaries seem to gloss over–or just plain omit–that fact. As if it would totally discredit their “investigation.”

    Comment by Carycomic — April 4, 2015 @ 11:02 pm

  9. Superheroes were a fad that year, but they were considered camp and kitsch, played for laughs (like the Batman TV show). There was a Broadway musical about Superman, and college humor mags were full of parodies like Fratman and Normalman. Tacking “man” onto something was sort of a catchphrase at the time.

    Comment by Doug — April 6, 2015 @ 10:33 am

  10. IMO, not nearly enough attention is given to the work of John Keel. He really was an original thinker who used his brain efficiently and well, a trailblazer in a field fraught with fraud.

    Comment by — August 26, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

  11. Who will continue the search? Who will carry the torch? Where are the memoirs of Hyre and Keel?

    Comment by Ciro — September 5, 2017 @ 10:40 am

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