Merle Grace Kearns, a former Clark County commissioner and a 15-year state legislator, passed away over the weekend at the age of 76. The veteran Republican lawmaker had gained respect from both sides of the political aisle during her career.
Kearns spent time as the director of the Ohio Department of Aging and was a member of the Ohio House, representing the 72nd district and served as Majority Leader in the 126th General Assembly.
Prior to serving in the Ohio House, Kearns was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1991 to 2000, representing the 10th Senate District.
The Ohio Departments of Aging and Veterans' Services is commemorating Pearl Harbor Day with a special installment of their War Era Story Project, including 19 stories written by current and former Ohioans about where they were and what they were doing on December 7, 1941.
The Department of Aging's Story Projects solicited stories of life during the Great Depression of the 1920s and 1930s from Ohioans who lived through it. More than 300 individuals sent in their recollections and lessons learned so that people of all ages today might get some perspective on our current economic situation.