Anne (Warne) Barker
WEST LIBERTY — Anne (Warne) Barker, 89, died Saturday morning, Jan. 1, 2005, at Green Hills Center in West Liberty.
She was born May 20, 1915, in Freeland, the daughter of Harlie and Myrta (Gillogly) Warne. She was a graduate of Rich Hill High School and a magna cum laude graduate of Muskingham College, where she was a part of the young people’s group of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Women’s Glee Club; Cwens, an honorary society for sophomore women; and the Wawyin social club.
Anna taught school in Buffalo and Fredericktown. She was a member of the High Hill Presbyterian Church and later of the Fredericktown Presbyterian Church, where she was married to Merritt Barker on Feb. 14, 1943. Mr. Barker was a lifetime employee of American Airlines, so the couple lived in various locations including Buffalo, N.Y.; El Paso, Texas; Cleveland; and Dallas, Texas. Anna was always active in church wherever they lived, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, working in Vacation Bible School and holding various positions in the women’s organizations.
She taught music in the Cadwallader School of Ysleta, Texas, and taught first grade in the Forest Park Private School, and second grade in the Albert Farine School in Irving, Texas. Upon retiring, they moved to east Texas, where Mrs. Barker was again active in the Hide-A-Way Lake Community Church.
In addition to teaching and the work of the church, Anna had other interests, being a board member of the Irving Community Concert Association for 20 years; a member, and often an officer, of her chapter of PEO, of the honorary teachers’ sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa, and of Monday Forum at Hide-A-Way Lake.
Surviving are her three children, Marianne (Bill) Amosky, Donald (Cheryl) Barker and David (Janet) Barker; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Bryce (Alice) Warne; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Merritt Barker; her parents, Harlie and Myrta Warne; three sisters, Bernice Hutton, Nettie Poling and Gladys Leota Warne; a brother, Perle Warne; and a sister-in-law, Bertha Evans.
Calling hours were this morning at the Green Hills Center Auditorium, West Liberty, where a funeral service immediately followed. Graveside service and interment will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in Tyler, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation to the charity of one’s choice in Anne’s name would be appreciated.
Irma Lee Boche
FREDERICKTOWN — Irma Lee Boche, 86, of Fredericktown died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, at the Country Court Nursing Center in Mount Vernon.
She was born May 16, 1918, in Casper, Wyo., to Thomas Lee and Irma (Miller) Huntsman.
Surviving are her husband, Lewis M. Boche; her son, Robert L. (Mary) Boche Sr. of Fredericktown; her daughter, Shirley V. (Gordon) Carne of Las Vegas, Nev.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Arlene (Randal) VanPatten of Wyoming.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Margie Nadine Jackson; a grandson, Ricky Haddenham; a great-grandson, Joe Haddenham; and a brother, John Huntsman.
There will be no calling hours. Private family service will be observed. Burial will be in Wyoming. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
This obituary and online condolences to the family are at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Mildred Marguerite Ewers Gregg
SILVERTON, Ore. — Mildred Marguerite (Shaffer) Ewers Gregg, born Dec. 11, 1914, in Bangorville, Ohio, to David (Eura Weller) Shaffer, and went to be with her Lord on Dec. 31, 2004.
She spent her life in Ohio until moving to Oregon in 1993. She graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1932. She and her first husband, Russell Ewers, worked in Mansfield at Dominon Electric until his death in 1942. Later she worked at Shellmar in Mount Vernon and during World War II she worked for Cooper-Bessemer. After the war she purchased the Black and Silver beauty salon in Mount Vernon and operated it until she married Arthur Gregg in 1947. Together they operated a farm near Palmyra until retirement in 1989. She was active in the Palmyra Church of Christ as a Sunday school teacher and director of youth and adult choirs. She was also involved in missions and women’s work. Her home was a place of great hospitality for visiting missionaries, evangelists and many family gatherings. Her generous and welcoming spirit was a hallmark of her life. Her love for quilting resulted in 25-plus projects that are evident in the homes of family and friends. Marguerite was the epitome of a Proverbs 31 godly woman.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur; son, James Ewers (Ruth) of Salt Lake City, Utah; son, Charles Gregg (Joyce) of Springfield, Ohio; daughter, Ann Snelling (Le) of Silverton, Ore.; sister, Jane Wilson (John) of Springfield, Ohio; brother, Marvin Shaffer (Reva) of Heath, Ohio; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Richard Shaffer (Beulah) and Ralph Shaffer (Marjorie); and a sister, Helen Swihart (Orren).
Visitation will be at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown on Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Palmyra Church of Christ on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery at Fredericktown. A memorial service will be held later in January at the First Baptist Church in Silverton, Ore.
Memorial contributions can be made to Mid-Wilamette Valley Hospice or First Baptist Church.
BLADENSBURG — Elmond D. “Shike” Johnson, 71, of Bladensburg died Jan. 2, 2005, at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark.
He was born June 29, 1933, in Bladensburg to Ora D. and Leva L. (Davis) Johnson. He was a member of the Bladensburg Church of Christ. He was baptized April 15, 1945, by his namesake Elmond H. Althaus. He pitched fast-pitch softball for the National Guard and the Mattox Block Co. teams in Newark.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Belle (Davis) Johnson, to whom he had been married 54 years; one daughter, Bonnie (Robert) Meyer of Bladensburg; one son, Charles (Valerie) Johnson of Mount Vernon; four grandchildren, Joseph (Virginia) Johnson, Rachael (Jason) Stachler, Darrin and Brent Meyer; and one great-grandson, Dominick Johnson.
There will be no calling hours. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Bladensburg Church of Christ, with Mr. Ben McKinstry officiating. Burial will be in the Bladensburg Cemetery. The Harris-Dilley Funeral Home of Bladensburg is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bladensburg Church of Christ or the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department, Bladensburg 43005. This obituary may be viewed online along with a guest registry at www.dilleyfuneralhomeservice.com.
Ruth A. Walker
MOUNT VERNON — Ruth A. Walker, 81, of Mount Vernon died Dec. 31, 2004, at the Country Club Retirement Campus.
She was born March 15, 1923, in Brandon to Abe and Edna (Shutt) Watson. She was co-owner of Walkers Greenhouse for 50 years.
She is survived by one son, Lee A. (Mary Ann) Walker of Mount Vernon; one daughter, Marie Walker of Mount Vernon; one granddaughter, Burgandi Walker; one grandson, Colton Walker of Mount Vernon; and one brother, Dale Watson of Mount Vernon.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul “Pegleg” Walker in July 2004.
Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the North-Dilley Funeral Home, where the funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. Pastor T. Bruce Workman will officiate. Burial will be in Brandon Cemetery.
This obituary may be viewed online along with a guest registry at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
Brooklynn M. Weaver
MOUNT GILEAD — Brooklynn Marie Weaver, Mount Gilead, infant daughter of Sarah Marie Weaver of Mount Gilead and Brad R. Baugh of Mansfield, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at Children’s Hospital.
Born Oct. 10, 2004, in Columbus, she is also survived by a brother, Bryson Weaver; maternal grandparents, Keith and Chris Weaver of Centerburg; paternal grandparents, Richard and Cindy Baugh of Mansfield; maternal great-grandmother, Lillian Weaver of Marengo; paternal great-grandparents, Ed and Dolores Pengov of Shelby and Donald Baugh of Shilo; an aunt, Stephanie Weaver of Centerburg; an uncle, Brian Baugh of Lexington; and a cousin, Brilynn Baugh.
Friends may call Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where services will follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Larry Ernst will officiate. Private graveside services will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery near Sparta.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Julia Aretta (Shamblin) Wilson, 86, of Mount Vernon passed away Jan. 1, 2005, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, after a short illness.
Julia was born Dec. 5, 1918, in Charleston, W.Va. She had been an active Jehovah’s Witness since 1944.
Julia is survived by daughters, Faye Young of Bonita Springs, Fla., Janet Myers of Hagerstown, Md., Reda Harper of Charleston, W.Va., Doris Fulk of Howard and Nancy Stanley of Millersport; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald A. Wilson; and daughter, Ann Shanult.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Mount Vernon Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 14 Taylor Road. Elder David Boner will preside. The Cook & Son — Pallay Funeral Home in Columbus is in charge of arrangements.