February 7, 2021
Dear Honey Run Friends,
Friday afternoon I received a call from a longtime friend of Marge Stock informing me that she passed away earlier that morning. For those of you who do not know Marge, or anything about her, please allow me to share what I know about this incredible woman.
Marge was the founder and owner of The Inn at Honey Run. She received countless accolades during her storied career. As I was gathering photos of Marge for this letter to share with you, I was struck with a rush of emotion about how exciting her life was with The Inn. The Inn was a life-long dream for Marge, and she was finally able to see her dream come alive at the age of 52 with the help of her business partner and friend Margret Schlicting. The Inn is not a building, or a plot of land, or even a business, it is a living memorial to the thousands of employees, contractors, purveyors, guests, and Marge and Margret who have been a part of this fairytale we call The Inn at Honey Run. Marge knew this better than anyone else, she lived it day in and day out. The photos show her laughing, sharing, even scowling with people, all reflections of the lives she touched and the memories she made because of The Inn at Honey Run. Marge made lifelong friends through The Inn. She assisted and mentored numerous women, teaching them to stand strong, find their voices and pursue their careers.
I first met Marge when I purchased The Inn. She was in her early eighties at the time. Thankfully, I was given several years of friendship with Marge to learn from her the original vision and desire she possessed for The Inn. Hearing stories and learning about her as a person opened my eyes to the reasons she did many of the things that she did within her creation. The Marge Stock I knew was a generous and loving grandmother figure who repeatedly praised me for honoring and maintaining her “baby”. Marge, Margret, Carla, and I would meet for dinner and fellowship the first Tuesday of every month. We used these times of gathering to adventure around Holmes county and try the different restaurants and to share stories about The Inn and our lives.
Marge’s generosity and support will never be forgotten. I have heard several stories of former employees who were struggling financially, and Marge offered them assistance. Shortly after I purchased The Inn, it became evident that it was in worse physical shape than I had noticed upon purchase, and Marge stepped in and loaned us some of the much-needed funds to make renovations and updates. Shortly after the loan was made, one of Marge’s advisors gave us a letter from her stating that she had forgiven the loan. At this early stage of my ownership, this gift was a godsend. Without Marge’s assistance, The Inn would have struggled for several years had we not been able to fix and maintain these issues.
The thing I believe I will always remember the most about Marge is how she would always ask me “Jason, do you love The Inn as much as I do?” For years, I would give Marge the perfunctory response of “yes, Marge, I do”. But as the years progressed something changed in me. I remember the day I was sitting on Marge’s couch in her living room watching her stroke Bootsy her cat when I finally could tell her with absolute certitude, “Marge, I do love The Inn as much as you do”. After five years of ownership, I encountered a spiritual change and my eyes opened fully to what Marge Stock saw in her creation. I cannot fully describe the feeling, or what it is, but I know that Marge knows what I now know.
I am so grateful for Marge and thankful that I had time to know her as a friend. I am honored to carry on her work and to be a part of The Inn at Honey Run. I will forever remember the day she put out her right hand to shake mine and told me that I was doing a good job with her baby. I never sought Marge’s approval, but I am thankful I received it. Luckily, Marge and I share the same vision for The Inn, so it is easy for me to ensure it is nurtured and maintained. Thank you, Marge. Thank you for giving us The Inn at Honey Run. Thank you for blessing the hundreds of thousands of souls who have found refuge in its serenity and healing.
This is an end of an era. We lost Margret three months ago and now Marge. These two-woman dreamed, created, built, and ran this magical place that we all love, and they blessed us and generations to come with the magnificent memorial we know as The Inn at Honey Run.
November 22, 1929 – February 5, 2021