Miscellaneous Butler County, Ohio Obituaries

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Laurel M. Harris 
Laurel M. Harris, 85, of 2590 S. Salem Road, Liberty, Ind., died March 10, 2000 at her residence.

She was born August 27, 1914, in Oxford. She has lived in the Union County area since 1939. She previously served as the Union County Recorder.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burt L. Harris, who died Oct. 12, 1994.

Arrangements were made by Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Liberty Church of Christ or to the Reid Memorial Hospital Hospice.

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James Daniel "Danny" Brandenburg 
James Daniel "Danny" Brandenburg, 49, of 5200 S. Burlington Dr., Muncie, Ind., and formerly of Liberty, Ind., died Monday morning, March 13, 2000 at the Rosewood Manor in Muncie. He was born on Feb. 18, 1951 in Liberty, Ind.

He had lived most of his life in Liberty, Ind., moving to Muncie in 1993. He attended the Greenwood United Methodist Church, in Union County, Ind. He graduated from Short High School in Liberty, Ind.

Public graveside services were conducted March 15 at the Methodist Church Cemetery, Brownsville, Ind. Arrangements were handled by the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind.

The family suggests memorials be made to Rosewood Manor, 5200 S. Burlington Dr., Muncie, Ind., 47302. 

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Wandalee Potter 
Wandalee Potter, 74, died at her home Monday evening. She was born on Nov. 12, 1925 in Oxford. She was a graduate of Stewart High School and attended Miami University. She married Elmer Potter in 1951.

She was a telephone operator at GTE telephone company, retiring after working there many years. She was a devoted worker of Open Door Pantry in Hamilton for 10 years.

Services were held March 17, at Woodside Cemetery, Oxford. The Smith and Ogle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association, 8899 Brookside Ave., no. 102, West Chester, Ohio 45069, or to the Open Door Pantry, 800 South Front St., Hamilton, Ohio 45013.

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Charles E. Overbeck 
Charles E. Overbeck, 86, died early Thursday morning, March 16, at the Lincoln Centers West in Connersville, Ind. He was born on September 28, 1913, in New Madison, Ohio.

He attended the Hanna's Creek Christian Church, Liberty, Ind. He had lived in the Union County area since 1938. He graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Agronomy in 1935. He married the former Frances Harmeyer on Dec. 23, 1938. 

Funeral services were held March 18, at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. The Rev. Dana Hadden, pastor of the Hanna's Creek Christian Church, officiated.

Burial followed in the Elkhorn Cemetery, Wayne County, Ind.

Memorial contributions may e made to the Hanna's Creek Christian Church in his memory at the funeral home.

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Rebecca P. Jeffers 
Rebecca P. Jeffers, 81, of Jackson, Ohio, died Monday afternoon, March 20.

She was born Feb. 17, 1919 in Wilmington, Del. Rebecca graduated from Wilmington High School in 1937 and received her Associate Degree in Business in 1939 from Beacom Business College.

In 1941 she married William Lloyd Nelson who was killed in action in Tunisia in World War II. On Nov. 24, 1948, she married the Rev. H. Clifford Jeffers who served pastorates in Vermont and Maryland. Their daughter Jane was born in 1950. After retirement, Rev. Jeffers and family moved to Preble County, Ohio. 

The funeral service was held Saturday, March 25, at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson, Ohio. Eisnaugle-Lewis Funeral Home, Jackson, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements. A graveside committal service was held at the College Corner Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to College Corner United Methodist Church. 

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Audra (Cox) Smail 
Audra (Cox) Smail, 82, of Oxford, formerly of Hamilton, died Tuesday, March 21. She was born in Lackey, Ky. She married Charles M. Smail on October 28, 1946 in Conway, S.C. and he preceded her in death on March 20, 1991. She was a nurse employed by the State of Ohio at Longview State Hospital for 11 years, retiring in 1966.

Funeral services were held March 24 at the Weigel Funeral Home, 980 N.W. Washington Blvd., Hamilton with Rev, Paul Tillett officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.

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Flossie Jean Hall 
Flossie Jean Hall, 70, of Oxford, died Saturday, March 25, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. She was born on Nov. 9, 1929 in Pendelton County, Ky. On July 12, 1947 in Georgetown, Ky. she married Estel Hall Jr.

Funeral services were held at the Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Ross Avenue at South D Street, Hamilton March 29. Burial was in Darrtown Cemetery.

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Sidney Bryant 
Sidney Bryant, 77, of W. College Corner, Ind. died at his residence on Friday evening, March 24. He was born in Berea, Ky. on Feb. 28, 1923.

He had lived all his life in Union County. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and owned several fishing boats. He farmed in Union County and retired from Square D in Oxford, in 1984. He married the former Thelma Root on April 15, 1944 in Liberty, Ind. 

Funeral services were conducted March 28 at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. Burial was in the West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind.

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Margaret K. Kendall 
Margaret K. Kendall, 91, died at home Friday, March 24. She was born Dec. 31, 1908 in Sagainaw, Mich. She married Henry Madison Kendall on Feb. 9, 1935. They came to Oxford in 1952, when he accepted the chairmanship of the geography department at Miami University.

Margaret Kendall was a long-time patron of the arts. She gave generously of her time and talents to the Episcopal Church community. She established a scholarship for deserving undergraduate geography students and she enjoyed receiving each of the recipients in her home.

Funeral services were held March 28, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Burial was in Oxford Cemetery. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Henry Madison Kendall Scholarship Fund at Miami University.

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Barbara A. Fields 
Barbara A. Fields, 39, of Liberty, Ind., died early Tuesday morning, March 28, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. She was born on Nov. 27, 1960 in Oxford, the daughter of Gordon and Geraldine (Sullivan) Baker.

She loved older people and worked at various places as a nursing assistant caring for the elderly.

She leaves her husband, Mark.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 31. Burial was in Reily Cemetery. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials donations to the Barbara Fields Memorial Fund, Firstar Bank, 1 Lynn St., Oxford.

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Dorothy M. Lewis 
Dorothy M. Lewis, 95, of Richmond, Ind., died Wednesday evening, March 29, at St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind. She was born on Jan. 5, 1905 in Indianapolis, Ind. She had lived in the Union County area since 1934. 

She graduated from Hanover College in 1927 and from Indiana University School of Nursing in 1933. She married James F. Lewis, M.D. on Aug. 11, 1933 in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Funeral services were conducted at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. on Sunday, April 2. Burial followed in West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Reid Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Ruth (Leslie) Fillager 
Ruth (Leslie) Fillager, 88, of Oxford, died Monday, April 3, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. She was born on August 30, 1911 in Morehouse, Mo. Shortly after birth, her family moved to Southwest Ohio. She was a 1928 graduate of Darrtown High School, in Darrtown. On April 21, 1934, she married Harry Fillager in Somerville.

Funeral services were held April 6, at the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home. Burial was in Darrtown Cemetery.

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David Russell Branch 
David Russell Branch, former Oxford resident, died on March 27 in Boca Raton, Fla., following a brief illness stemming from a recurrence of melanoma cancer. He was 67.

Born in Middletown, he grew up in Oxford, graduated from McGuffey High School and received his bachelor of arts degree from Miami University. He earned his master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 through 1955 and began a newspaper career in 1958.

Services and interment were private.

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Lucille R. Wilkinson 
Lucille R. Wilkinson, 72, of Indiana, died at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, April 1, in the Randolph County Hospital. Wilkinson was born in Richmond, Ind., on Sept. 2, 1927, and lived in the Lynn area for 25 years. She was a homemaker and is the widow of Cecil E. "Pete" Wilkinson Sr.

Services were held Wednesday, April 5, in Thomas Funeral Home in Lynn, Ind. Burial followed in New Liberty Cemetery, Lynn, Ind.

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Fern Hornung Todd 
Fern Hornung Todd, beloved wife of Herbert B. Todd, died on March 27 at INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Va., of complications from osteoporosis and Alzheimer's Disease.

She was born on Sept. 11, 1914, in Dunlap, Ohio. The family moved to Oxford, in the early 1920s and operated a meat and grocery store called Hornung's Market on East High Street.

She retired from teaching in 1978.

A memorial service was held on April 1 at Washington Farm United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va.

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Ollie C. Carnes 
Ollie C. Carnes, 87, of Liberty, Ind., died Friday, April 7, at the Hillcrest Estates Nursing Home in Liberty. She was born on May 31, 1912, in Redlands, Calif.

Funeral services were held at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., at the convenience of the family. Burial followed in West Point Cemetery, Liberty, Ind. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church in her memory. 

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John N. Lanz 
John N. Lanz, 87, of Okeana, died Tuesday, April 4, in McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. He was born in Franklin County, Ind., on Jan. 13, 1913.

On Oct. 28, 1935, he married Ivory Shiplet, and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last October. Lanz worked as a farmer in the Reily and Okeana area his entire life.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 7 at the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford. Burial was at the Reily Cemetery, Reily.

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Mary Stowe 
Mary Stowe, 73, of Englewood, formerly of Camden, died Monday, April 10, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. She was born Aug. 29, 1926, in Dixon Township, Ohio. She married Ray Stowe on July 22, 1948. She was employed at Plastico Products as an operator prior to retirement.

Visitation was at the R.C. Nein and Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden. Funeral services were Friday, April 14, at the funeral home. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery in Camden.

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Esther Buttery 
Esther Buttery, 85, died Tuesday, April 4, at Reid Hospital, Richmond, Ind. She was born on Feb. 27, 1915, in Union County, Ind. She lived all her life in the Union County area. She cooked in several restaurants in Liberty, Ind.

Funeral services were held at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, in Liberty, Ind., on April 7. Burial took place in the Richland Cemetery in Union County, Ind. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Diabetes Association in her memory.


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