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Amos Loveday | Honoring a Legacy with a Named I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund

How would you memorialize the legacy of someone who delighted in giving books to children?

Mary Jean with her reading partner and grandson, Eric

Mary Jean Brestle Loveday was a Woodsfield native who had a lifelong passion for sharing her love of reading with the children she met. She was never without a book to slip into gifts for nieces, nephews, or friends, or put in the hands of little strangers. She believed children should be encouraged to love books and value reading and in her low-key way acted on that belief throughout her adult life.

When Amos Loveday and his daughter, Amy, were considering how to honor Mary Jean’s legacy, memories of her shopping for just the right children’s book, and of her countless trips to the library with her grandson often came to mind. As Amos observed, “A gift that would carry forward Mary Jean’s love of children and reading just seemed natural.”

Because he knew the importance of sustainability in making a lasting difference over time, Amos decided to give to an endowment fund. And through conversations with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, he learned about the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund.

Amos was pleased that the Fund provides opportunities for the children of Appalachia and that it has focused early on books, reading, and educators. With the blended model of the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund, a gift to celebrate Mary Jean’s legacy would make a difference through programs like FAO’s partnership with First Book today while also creating a fund in her name to continue making a difference in the future: the Mary Jean Brestle Loveday Legacy Fund.

Want to honor someone you love through your matched gift to the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund?

With a gift of $10,000 or more, you can create a named fund that honors or memorializes someone important to you. The Fund will forever support the work of the
I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund by focusing on the greatest needs and opportunities facing Appalachian Ohio’s communities and the people who call them home.

To learn more about how you can help build an abundance of possibility across Appalachian Ohio, visit and click ‘Give Today.’ Or, contact FAO at 740.753.1111 or