Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1999

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Herman E. Dalton

Herman E. "Brownie" Dalton, of Eaton, died Friday, Nov. 19, at his home after an extended illness.

Born in Hillsville, Va., he was the son of the late Lee and Artie Missie (Jennings) Dalton. He was raised in Lavern, Minn., and his family moved to Preble County when he was 10 years old. At the age of 17, he began working at the Hiestand Lumber Company Sawmill. He managed and operated the mill from 1954 until it closed in the early 1960s.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Dalton and Pearl Showalter, both in 1988; his twin brother, Sherman J. Dalton, in 1995; and three nephews, Ronald Showalter, Gary Showalter and Leroy Dalton.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Thelma I. (Price) Dalton; daughters and son-in-law, Carole E. and Dennis N. Boomershine of West Alexandria, and Marlene M. Frantz of Eaton; a sister-in-law, Laura Dalton of Eaton; a special nephew, John S. Dalton of Eaton; five grandchildren, Gregory L. (Barbara) Winn, Kelly E. (David) Montgomery, Tracy L. Campbell, all of Eaton, Stephen D. (Amy) Winn of Brookville, and Cynthia E. (Douglas) Miller of West Alexandria; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 22, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Greg A. Hyre officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad, or to any Hospice Unit.

Mary E. Henderson

Mary E. Henderson, 88, of East Somers Street, Eaton, died Monday, Nov. 22, at her home.

Born Dec. 13, 1910, in Richmond, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Charles S. and Margaret (Broaddus) Moberly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Henderson, in 1975; sisters, Inez Covington and Nell Juett; a brother, William T. Moberly; and great-grandson, James Thomas Strausbaugh.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Thelma L. and James Strausbaugh of Kettering; sisters, Norma Sims of Arizona and Margaret King of Kansas; brothers, Charles Moberly of Illinois and Wesley Gene Reynolds of Arizona; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 27, at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Alice A. Hopper

Alice A. Hopper, 77, of New Paris, formerly of Newport, Ky., died Tuesday morning, Nov. 23, at Greenbriar Nursing Center in Eaton.

She was born June 12, 1922, in Kenton County, Ky. Prior to moving to New Paris in 1990, she retired from the Lakeside Nursing Home in Ft. Thomas, Ky.

Survivors include a son, Leslie "Mike" Hopper of New Paris; daughters, Shirley Franklin of Richmond, Ind., Mary A. Smith and husband Roger of New Paris; grandchildren, Melissa Hopper of Corbin, Ky., Patty Beckett of Eaton, Josh Smith and Jennifer Smith, both of New Paris, Mark Hawkins and Mary Hawkins, both of Richmond, Ind.

Also surviving are step-grandchildren, Jason Smith and Kelly Smith, both of Richmond, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Graydon Smith of Richmond, Ind., Dave Beckett of Eaton, Cody Smith and Shane Smith, both of Eaton; sisters, Edith Brewer of Richmond, Ind., and Brenda Bishop of Covington, Ky.

Graveside services were Friday, Nov. 26, at Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Charles R. Ratliff

Charles Raymond Ratliff, 72, of Beverly Hills, Fla., died Monday, Nov. 22, in Harrison, Ariz.

Born Feb. 14, 1927, in Trenton, he was the son of Everett and Esther (Frisby) Ratliff. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Frances (Nelson) Ratliff; three sons, Dean of Georgia, Ronald of Washington and David of Montana; three stepchildren, Larry Nelson of Kansas City, Randy Nelson and Susan (Kenneth) Nichols of Harrison, Ariz.; one brother, James E. Ratliff of West Alexandria; and one sister, Shirley Ratliff of Cincinnati.

A private burial was scheduled.

Judith A. Howell

Judith Ann Howell, 64, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, at her home.

Born Oct. 5, 1935, in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late Harold A. and Mary L. (Bennett) Reck.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Robert L. Howell; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra G. and V.L. French of Latham, Ohio, Marcia A. and Keith Wilson, Allison M. and Daniel Owen, all of Lewisburg; a son, Loren G. Howell of Lewisburg; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Marvin Treadway of Odessa, Texas; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 27, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, with the Rev. Bryan Rea officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit.

Hope E. Estep

Hope E. Estep, 4-month-old daughter of Rick and Sheri Estep of U.S. 40, Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Children's Medical Center in Dayton after an extended illness.

She was born July 8 in Dayton.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, William McCracken Jr., in 1982.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her maternal grandmother, Betty McCracken of Shepherdsville, Ky.; paternal grandparents, Clinton and Jean Estep of Somerset, Ky.; paternal great-grandmother, Gertie Estep of Somerset, Ky.; two sisters, Candice C. Estep and Amy C. Estep, both of Lewisburg.

Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 28, at Memorial United Methodist Church, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Jon Thomas and the Rev. Michael Pratt officiating. Graveside services were Monday, Nov. 29, at Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Medical Center, Dayton.

Joe Smith

Joe Smith, 94, of Camden, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born Sept. 20, 1905, in Leslie County, Ky., he was the son of the late Frank and Amanda (Simpson) Smith. He was an operator at Champion Paper for 32 years before retiring in 1970, and was also a farmer. Mr. Smith was a member of the Somerville Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include his wife, Stella Smith; two daughters, Marjorie (Dewey) Minton and Fern (Bob) Brannon, of Hamilton; three stepchildren, James (Loretta) Roberts of Camden, Juanita Frazze of Chantally, Va., and Sue Leib of Dayton; a brother, Shellie Smith of Camden; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha; four brothers, Barney, James, Omas and Miller Smith; and three sisters, Dora Brock, Dallie Morgan and Ellen Smith.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 27, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, with Roley Parker officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Myron D. Arnett

Myron D. Arnett, 69, of New Paris, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after an extended illness.

Born Oct. 17, 1930, in Richmond, Ind., he was the son of Lester R. and Nellie R. (Upton) Arnett. He was a 1948 graduate of Jefferson Township High School. Mr. Arnett was owner/operator of Arnett's Masonry Contracting at New Paris, retiring in 1995 after 46 years of service. He was the masonry contractor for the Annie Oakley Memorial in Greenville.

He was a 48-year member of the New Paris Kiwanis Club, serving as president for four terms; was awarded the most prestigious award in Kiwanis, the Hixson Award in March for being a devoted member, promoting youth programs and raising financial help for youths in the New Paris area.

Mr. Arnett was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of New Paris, and served four years on the Building Board. He was president of the New Paris Chamber of Commerce for two terms; president of the Cedar Springs Medical Development Corp. which brought Dr. Jeung Ahn to New Paris; and served on the Board of Public Affairs in the late 1950s.

He was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Lavonne Arnett, in 1942; and an infant brother, in 1928.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, June Mae (Keller) Arnett; two sons and daughter-in-law, Michael J. Arnett, Gregory A. and Sheryl Arnett of New Paris; two daughters and sons-in-law, Candace J. and Charley Dunham of New Paris, Kristi M. and Kevin Roush of Nashville, Ind.; mother, Nellie R. Arnett of New Paris.

Also surviving are sisters and brother-in-law, Janet I. and Stanley Arthur of New Paris, and Janice E. Miller of Greenfield, Ind.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert E. and Barbara Arnett, M. James and Lee Arnett of New Paris; L. Duane and Merry Arnett of Carol Stream, Ill.

Other survivors are 10 grandchildren, Michael J. Arnett, Amy Charles, April Arnett, Holli Yount, Chad Dunham, Eric Arnett, Ben Arnett, Dave Arnett, Zachary Roush and Austin Roush; two great-grandchildren, Shaylie Wilson and Carly Charles; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 28, at Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel, with the Rev. Gary L. Green officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Myron Arnett Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o New Paris Kiwanis Club, Thomas S. Crull-Treasurer, 7946 Hawley Mills Road, New Paris, OH 45347.

Norman K. Miller

Norman K. Miller, 68, of Trotwood, died Sunday, Nov. 28, at Hospice of Dayton following a lengthy illness.

Born Nov. 30, 1930, in Balkan, Ky., he was the son of the late Dave and Blanche (Ramsey) Miller. He retired in 1991 from Borden Incorporated of Dayton, and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was the past secretary/treasurer for the Evarts, Ky., Lions Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Hubert Miller; and a sister, Louise Turpin.

Survivors include his wife, Claudine (Barton) Miller, whom he married on May 31, 1953; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna J. and Bill Crawford of New Lebanon; a son, Kenny G. Miller of Trotwood; grandchildren, Cara (Eric) Gearhart, Erin Crawford, Bonnie Kay Miller and Brandon Miller; great-grandson, Zachary Alan Miller; sisters, Alice Osborne, Lila Baxter Kules and Betty Brittian, all of Lexington, Ky., and Phyllis Erhart of Atlanta, Ga.

Funeral services were Tuesday night, Nov. 30, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Garden Chapel, West Alexandria. Private interment services will be Wednesday morning, Dec. 1, at Preble Memory Gardens.

Jake Morris

Jake Morris, infant son of Wesley Scott Morris and Catherine Kaye Weist of Middletown, died Friday, Nov. 26, at Middletown Regional Hospital in Middletown.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by paternal grandparents, Paula Lowe and Rick Morris of Middletown; maternal grandparents, Gail and Clemmie Weist of Middletown; paternal great-grandparents, Martha Oakley, and Troy and Orpha Morris of Middletown; maternal great-grandmother, Cora Baker of Middletown.

Other survivors include uncles, Aaron Morris of Middletown, Terry Weist of Trenton and Joseph Weist of Terre Haute, Ind.; aunts, Shelly Morris, Kimberly Weist and Elizabeth Weist, all of Middletown, and Sondra Weist of Mason.

He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandfather, Leonard Oakley; and maternal great-grandparents, Daily Swartz Sr., and Louis and Blanche Weist.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. Stephen Cable officiating. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery. Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.

Retta M. Gray

Retta M. Gray, 88, of Fairborn, formerly of Preble County, died Sunday evening, Nov. 28, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born Oct. 15, 1911, in Cookeville, Tenn., she was the daughter of Henry and Emma (Madewell) Lee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert B. Gray, in 1981; five brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne L. Grant of Eldorado and Don A. Grant of Bellevue, Wash.; a daughter, Wilma Aldrich of Fairborn; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at Barnes Funeral Home-Eaton Chapel, 220 E. Main St. Burial will be held in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Radio Station WEEC, Springfield, OH.

Mildred D. Carico

Mildred D. Carico, 65, of Richmond, Ind., died Monday, Nov. 29, at Reid Hospital after an extended illness.

Born June 17, 1934, in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Frances Marie (Rogers) Thompson, and had lived most of her life in Wayne and Preble counties. She was a nursing assistant, and attended the Lewisburg Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Carico, on Feb. 28, 1981; one sister; and one brother.

Survivors include two daughters, Kristy K. Hatch of New Paris and Becky Nielsen of Richmond, Ind.; five sons, James Carico Jr., Dan Carico, John Carico and Tim Carico, all of Richmond, Ind., and Keith Carico of Eaton.

Also surviving are 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Julie Jones and Josephine Baker, both of Eaton, Loretta Seal of Richmond, Ind., and Sadie Stewart of Greenville; a brother, John Stewart of Greenville; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 2, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Brett D. Karanovich officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Arthur A. Hall

Arthur Alan "Al" Hall, 61, of Chicken Bristle Road, Farmersville, died Monday, Nov. 29, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Born June 14, 1938, he was the son of Clara Faris, and was a 1956 graduate of Farmersville High School. He was a machinist and retired from the Elano Corporation in August after 13 years of service.

Survivors include a son, Doug Hall of Grants, N.M.; one granddaughter, Niki Gazitas of Florida; and stepfather, Ray Puls of Toledo.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 4, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Gary Wood officiating.

Barbara J. Smith

Barbara J. Smith, 69, of New Lebanon, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Harborside Health Care Center in New Lebanon following a lengthy illness.

Born July 20, 1930, in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Hazel (Kindley) Bowsman. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Lebanon. Mrs. Smith had worked at McCall's in Dayton in the early 1950s and in the cafeteria of the New Lebanon schools in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

She was preceded in death on March 11 by her husband, William W. Smith, whom she married Dec. 24, 1954; and a sister, Thelma Green.

Survivors include one son, Harry W. Smith of New Lebanon; and two daughters, Hazel L. and Lori K. Smith, both of New Lebanon; and a sister, Donna Hunt of New Lebanon.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 4, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor James Whorton officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Monnie M. Roach

Monnie M. Roach, 80, of South Street, Gratis, died Thursday, Dec. 2, at Middletown Hospital in Middletown.

Born May 4, 1919, in LaFollette, Tenn., she was the daughter of Alec and Alice (Sweat) Wilson. She was employed at Baxter Laboratories and retired in 1990 after 10 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Roach; sisters, Ruby Wilson and Shirley Wilson; and brothers, Estel Wilson, Alec Wilson and Lawrence Wilson.

Survivors include two sons, John Wyatt of Gratis and Alex Wyatt of Cincinnati; two daughters, Ruby Miller and Wanda Kitts, both of LaFollette, Tenn.; three sisters, Fannie Henegar of Cincinnati, Eva Moses of Gratis and Alice Violet of LaFollette, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 5, at the First Baptist Church, Gratis, with the Rev. Frankie Hunt officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis, was in charge of arrangements.

Mildred A. Barger

Mildred A. Barger, 83, of Camden, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 1, at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Born June 15, 1916, she was the daughter of Roy and Florence (Eubanks) Garrison. She attended the Somerville United Presbyterian Church.

On July 7, 1934, she married Adrian Barger Sr. in Hamilton, and he preceded her in death on March 4, 1981.

Survivors include her children, William R. Barger and wife Beverly, John M. Barger Sr. and wife Jean, all of Hamilton, Wanda Bond and husband Lelon, Mary Gabbard and husband James, Adrian Barger Jr. and wife Linda, Judith Quattro and husband John, all of Camden, Harold Barger and wife Debbie of West Alexandria; a daughter-in-law Betty Barger of Killeen, Texas.

Also surviving are 30 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; seven brothers and sisters, James Garrison of Boston, Mass., Thelma Mitchell of Middletown, Ada Setser of Deloris, Colo., Theresa Reuman and Anna Smith, both of Hamilton, Martha Pelton of Lithia, Fla., and Elsa Wagner of Moorehead, Iowa.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters in infancy, Hilda Louise Barger and Donna Jean Barger; a son, Thomas Barger; three brothers, Walter, George and Ray Garrison; and four sisters, Lillian Jones, Mary Haag, Janet Snapp and Matilda Cox.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 6, at Somerville Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. George W. Witmer officiating. Burial was in College Corner Cemetery, Union County, Ind. Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Hamilton, was in charge of arrangements.

Helen V. House

Helen V. House, 73, of Mesa, Ariz., died Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Mesa Lutheran Hospital.

Born Feb. 8, 1926, southwest of Eaton, she was the daughter of Norman and Louise (Rust) Houser.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, William Burdette House, whom she married May 16, 1947; two daughters, Margaret E. "Peggy" Clark and Julia Ann House, both of Mesa, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Lisa Ann Clark and Carla Robyn Clark, both of Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers, Paul Gene Houser of New Paris and James T. Houser of Sun City, Ariz.; and two sisters, Mable Smith of Eaton and Mary Ridgeway of Huntington, Ind.

Private services were held for the family. A memorial service is planned.

Norma J. Koeller

Norma J. Koeller, 58, of Eaton, died Saturday, Dec. 4, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton after an extended illness.

Born Feb. 21, 1941, in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Ethel (Schindler) Stoner, and had lived most of her life in Preble County. She was a graduate of Lanier High School, and had worked at Green/Tokai Mfg. in Brookville.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Don Puckett of Eaton; sons David Phillips and Scott Phillips, both of Eaton, and Billy Allison of Brookville; six grandchildren; a brother, Walter Stoner of Richmond, Ind.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Brian Phillips and Eddie Phillips; a brother, Robert I. Stoner; and a sister, Martha Allison.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Lowell T. Spencer officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Naomi R. Helsley

Naomi Ruth Helsley, 63, of Eaton, died Saturday, Dec. 4, at her home.

Born Dec. 25, 1935, in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Almos and Augusta (Chettele) Hartman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Mearle, Floyd, Wes, Sam, Paul and Howard Hartman; and one sister, Clara Crank.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Lester C. III and Jeanie Helsley of Eaton, Thomas and Judy Helsley of Richmond, Ind.; daughters and sons-in law, Rosie Bowling of Eaton, Darlene and Gary Wyatt of Somerville, Tina and Dave Smith of Dayton; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and her former husband, Lester Helsley of Somerville.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Somerville Pentecostal Church, with the Rev. Riley Parker and the Rev. Don McMurch officiating. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. at the church, prior to services. Burial will follow at Somerville Cemetery. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden, is in charge of arrangements.

Lucile P. Leone

Lucile Petry Leone, 97, of San Francisco, Calif., died Thursday, Nov. 25.

Born Jan. 23, 1902, at "Frog Heaven" in Preble County, she was the sole child of David A. and Dora Belle (Murray) Petry. The family later moved to Delaware, where she earned her B.A. in 1924 from the University of Delaware.

In 1927, she became a registered nurse while attending Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing and earned her M.A. in nursing education in 1929 from Columbia University.

During World War II, she organized the Cadet Nurse Corps program which focused on increasing the number of nurses for both civilian and military needs. During this time 124,000 nurses were trained. As a result of this achievement, she was promoted at the U.S. Public Health Service as assistant surgeon general, the first woman and nurse to ever hold this position, a rank equivalent to rear admiral.

She continued to promote the education of nurses and the profession worldwide for which she received numerous awards including the Florence Nightingale Medal of the International Red Cross, the Distinguished Service Award from the United States Public Health Service, the American Public Health Association's Lasker Award (American equivalent to the Nobel Prize).

Mrs. Leone was named by the University of Maryland School of Nursing as one of seven who significantly impacted the nursing profession. The last award ranks her with Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton. Four years ago, she received her 10th honorary doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins University.

She married Nicholas C. Leone in 1952, but they later divorced in 1967 and left no direct descendants.

At her request, no services were held.

Ashley L. Lindsey

Ashley Lynn Lindsey, 17, of New Albany, Ohio, died Sunday, Dec. 5, at Children's Hospital in Columbus.

A junior at New Albany High School, she was active in the marching band, and was a member of the swim team and the track team. She was also a lifeguard at the Plain Township Pool.

Survivors include her parents, Jeff and Kim Lindsey; sister, Megan Amanda Lindsey; grandparents, Gene and Jean Lindsey of Eaton, Robert and Lucy Snyder of Carroll, Ohio; great-grandmother Opal Wellington of State College, Pa.; aunts and uncles, Robyn K. and Joe Rigelsky of New Port Richey, Fla., Jenifer and Philip Smith of Annapolis, Md.; and cousin, David Smith.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, 1051 E. Johnstown Road, Gahanna, Ohio. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, New Albany.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 145 N. High St., Suite 1200, Columbus, OH 43215, or to Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Unit, 700 Children's Way, Columbus, OH 43205.

Virgie M. Nieman

Virgie M. Nieman, 86, of Preble County Line Road, West Alexandria, died Sunday, Dec. 5, at Hospice of Dayton.

Born Dec. 27, 1912, in Preble County, she was the daughter of Everitt and Mary Ellen (Shade) Smith. She was a 1932 graduate of Lanier High School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul "Pete" Nieman, in 1993; and a brother, Chester Smith.

Survivors include a daughter, Norma Sue Ruxer of New Lebanon; two granddaughters, Beverly Ruxer of Brookville and Susan Warnecke of Belleville, Ill.; a grandson, Scott Ruxer of New Lebanon; three great-grandchildren, Chelsi and Eric Ruxer and Alexis Warnecke; two sisters, Martha Beasley of Eaton and Ruth Wehrley of Richmond, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Janet Smith and June Glatz, both of West Alexandria.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, with the Rev. Daniel Snider officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.


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