Nellie Ruth Sells Wilson

Nellie Ruth Sells Wilson, age 81, of Union, Ohio, formerly of Marysville, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton surrounded by her loving husband and devoted children and their families. A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and homemaker, she was a respite care provider and also formerly worked at Friendship Village in Dublin. In addition, she was a caregiver throughout the years for several family members, including her daughter, Linda, until her passing at the age of 43 in 1997. She was a longtime member of North Columbus Baptist Church. She will be most remembered for her hospitality and generosity in caring for others and instilling core principles to her family, especially Christian values. She cherished gatherings and holidays with her immediate family, siblings and church friends. She enjoyed reading her Bible, bird watching, flower gardening and collecting angels. A 1952 graduate of Picket County High School in Byrdstown, Tennessee, she was born May 26, 1933 in Jamestown, Tennessee to the late John Cato and Hester Emogene Winningham Sells and was also predeceased by her daughter, Linda; her sister, Katie Jean Edwards; and infant sisters, Cleta Mae and Annabelle. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert Woodrow Wilson, whom she married May 9, 1953 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana; her children, Sandy (Roger) Jordan of Marysville, Diana (Mark) McClintick of Raymond, Jerry Wilson of Marysville, Jeannie (Jeff) Eubanks of Union and John Wilson of Marysville; 13 grandchildren, Michelle and Michael Jordan, Nathan Kibbey, Tabitha (Darek) Isaacs, Tiffany Allegree, Abigail Wilson, Johnathan (Jessica) Eubanks, Joshua Eubanks, Jordan (Megan) Eubanks, Jennifer Eubanks, Jared (Ashley) Eubanks and Cole and Kristen Wilson; two step-grandchildren, Daric (Shannon) McClintick and Brad (Brittany) McClintick; six great grandchildren, Jordan, Evelyn, Jacob, Ethan, Hunter and Jonah; six step-great-grandchildren, Shyanne, Savannah, Dalton, Harlie, Halyn and Havannah; her siblings, Jim (Patsy) Sells, Oleta (Mel) Basicker, Bill (Betty) Sells, Alma Smith, Judy Sells and Roger (Darlene) Sells; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Underwood Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Pastor Daniel L. Wolvin will officiate and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery beside her daughter. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Melissa Margaret Pattison Fenchak

Melissa Margaret Pattison Fenchak, age 59, of Marysville died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at her home. She was a dental hygienist in Upper Arlington area for more than 30 years. Following graduation from Clawson High School in Clawson, Michigan, she received a certification from the University of Detroit and began her career in Michigan. An avid horse lover, she grew up riding Thoroughbreds. She and her daughter showed for many years on the Ohio Quarter Horse Circuit. She had a passion for animals and rescued many which became family pets. Above all, she was deeply devoted to her family as a nurturer, inspirer and motivator. She was born March 22, 1955 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to the late Malcolm M. and June Carter Pattison. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, John M. Fenchak, whom she married January 29, 1983 in Rochester, Michigan; her son, Nathan Fenchak of Columbus; her daughter, Mackenzie (Josh) Alleman of Marysville; her brother, M. Mark (Judy) Pattison of Rock Island, Illnois; three sisters-in-law, Susan (Dennis) Bassett of Cincinnati, Barbara (Bob) Donald of Louisville and Mary Pelenis of Chicago; an aunt, Peggy Rosengrant of Bear Creek, PA; and nieces and nephews and other relatives. The family will hold private memorial services at a later date. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Carolyn D. Stukey Iden

Carolyn Dee Stukey Iden, age 78, of Marysville, formerly of Newark, died Saturday, August 30, 2014 at OhioHealth Hospice Kobacker House in Columbus with her children by her side. A woman of deep Christian faith, perseverance and selflessness, she was a stronghold for her family and a dedicated encourager to her church and community. Carolyn will be long remembered as a good listener, her neighborliness and her compassion to others. She retired from Memorial Hospital of Union County where she was secretary for in-service education and public relations for many years. She was a longtime member of Marysville First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Emmaus community and weekly share group and Women in Missions. An integral participant in the church’s annual rummage sale, Carolyn always enjoyed being in charge of the used book section. She also assisted in the kitchen throughout the years for many church and community luncheons and banquets. She and her late husband, John, were loyal members of the church choir together.  A talented alto, she also sang in many community cantatas and musical presentations, including the Union County Singsations and earlier in her life, with the “Iden Trio.” Carolyn was a volunteer and member of the auxiliary at Memorial Hospital of Union County and also devoted many hours to The Hope Center, Marysville Public Library and Personal Needs Pantry. For a number of years, she coordinated local monthly Alzheimer’s support group meetings. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed reading, book club and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sports events and music programs. A world traveler, she made trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Nova Scotia and Europe. Carolyn found solace frequently at her family’s lake home at Seneca Lake. She and her husband and their four children moved to Marysville from Newark in 1973 for Rockwell International. She grew up in Hebron, Ohio and graduated from Hebron High School. She enjoyed coordinating several high school class reunions. Shortly after graduation from high school, she married and moved to California while her husband served in the United States Navy. Carolyn was born August 24, 1936 at her family’s home in Hebron to the late Chelsea and Lola Clectner Stukey.  She was also predeceased in 1986 by her husband of 32 years, John Reel Iden, whom she married July 18, 1954 at the Hebron United Methodist Church. She is survived by her children Doug (Christine) Iden of Delaware and Dena (Tom) Carroll, Damon (Wendy) Iden and Denise (Jerry) Branton, all of Marysville; nine grandchildren, April (Kevin “KG”) Green, Charise (Sean) Jones, Heather (Ben) Protheroe, Erin (Brandon) Morrison, Megan (Will) Mathes, Andrew and Alyssa Iden and Tyler and Jacob Branton; ten great grandchildren, Paige and Brennan Helcher, Samantha and Austin Anderson, Aidan, Addison, Asher and Amelia Protheroe and Grady and Makenna Morrison; her brother, Richard (Joann) Stukey of Hebron; and many other relatives and loving friends, including Jan (Bob) Hendren of Newark. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Marysville First United Methodist Church. Rev. Denise Turpin will officiate. Vehicles will form at 2 p.m. that day in the parking lot of Hebron United Methodist Church for the funeral procession to Poplar Fork Cemetery in Gratiot. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Underwood Funeral Home, 703 East Fifth Street, Marysville. Memorial contributions may be made to Marysville First United Methodist Church, Women in Missions or OhioHealth Hospice Kobacker House. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Beth Ann Merrill Beachy

Beth Ann Merrill Beachy, 56, of Marysville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 18, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

A 1976 graduate of Fairbanks High School, she attended Marysville Church of Christ where she was a dedicated and faithful friend to everyone. Beth especially enjoyed attending summer church camp and loved working side by side with her kitchen cohorts. She enjoyed careers with Pampered Chef, Thirty-One Gifts and The Vintage Gardeners.

Always the “voice of reason,” she had an uplifting spirit. She was able to attend a church lunch, family dinner and somebody’s birthday party all on the same day – and made each feel like they were the reason she was there. Beth was devoted to her children and had a very special relationship with all her nieces and nephews. She was a dedicated Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes fan and easily shared her humor and wit. She was loved dearly by her family and friends. Her joyful and beautiful soul will be missed “forever and ever.” Beth’s final days were spent sharing her gratitude for the many special and devoted friends who helped and supported her as she fought her courageous battle.  Go Browns!

She was born August 5, 1958 in Cleveland to C. Ray and Norma Zurc Merrill, who survive in Marysville. She is also survived by her husband of 17 years, Myron Beachy, whom she married December 14, 1997 at Marysville Church of Christ; her children, Emily Fite, Michael (Tessa) Fite and Jenny Fite; her grandson, Benjamin Michael Fite; two sisters, Jane (John) Wolfe of Plain City and Laurie (Gary) Gorton of Irwin; a brother, William (Kathy) Merrill of Plain City; nieces and nephews, Shawnda (Jonathan) Vega, John (Darha) Wolfe, Timothy Wolfe, Kaitlin Ricker, Tyler Merrill, Zachary Merrill, Whitney (Michael) Crye, Tucker (Theresa Wines) Gorton and Kiefer Gorton; great nieces, Kylie and Averie Wolfe and Olive and Eloise Crye; and a great nephew, Alex Vega.

To honor Beth, a memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Saturday at Marysville Church of Christ, 18077 State Route 31, Marysville, where her family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Marysville Church of Christ/North Western Ohio Christian Youth Camp Kitchen Fund at www.nwocyc.org . Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville, is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Donald E. “Robbie” Robinson

Donald E. “Robbie” Robinson, age 80, of Marysville and a lifelong resident of Union County, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at The Gables at Green Pastures following a short illness. A lifelong resident of Union County, he was raised in Allen Center and graduated from North Lewisburg High School. He attended The Ohio State University and was a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard. He was a charter member of Christian Assembly Church in Marysville where he served on the church advisory board. Following his nineteen years with O. M. Scott and Sons as an electrical engineer, he opened “Hobby Harbor” in downtown Marysville on West Fifth Street. He also was an engineering associate for Columbus Showcase for several years. A law enforcement officer, he formerly served with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Marysville Police Department. He held a small aircraft pilot’s license and enjoyed photography, boating and collecting Mickey Mouse memorabilia. He and his family enjoyed many years at their cottage on Indian Lake’s Artist Island. He will be well-remembered as “soundman” for the local 60’s folk rock band, “The Cannon Brothers” and as a talk and parody personality for the Indian Lake radio station. Above all, he was a dedicated dad and a deeply devoted husband who adored “my lovely wife, Esther.” He was born March 26, 1934 in Allen Center, Union County, Ohio. He was predeceased by his father, Victor G. Robinson and his mother and step-father, Sara L. Wilson Leigh and Everett Leigh. He was also predeceased by a brother, Lowell Robinson; two sisters, Opal Brust and Janice Ryan; and two infant brothers. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Esther Marie Simkins Robinson, whom he married February 2, 1957; two daughters, Gina (Michael) Raymond of Bluffton, South Carolina and Kim (Reese) Chapman of Marysville; three grandchildren, Tanner (Angie) Chapman, US Coast Guard, of Staten Island, NY, Colton Chapman of Marysville and Darby Chapman of Marysville; a great-grandson, Sawyer; a sister, Ruth Luh of St. Paul, MN; a brother-in-law, Myron (Sony) Simkins of Westerville; and many nieces and nephews and good friends. The family will receive friends 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Underwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Christian Assembly on Maple Street, Marysville. Rev. Donald Moceri will officiate and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Hospital of Union County Nurse Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Frieda Hopkins Hanlon

Frieda Hopkins Hanlon, 89, of Marysville, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Carriage Court Assisted Living in Marysville with her two daughters by her side. Despite living with dementia for several years, she maintained an active daily lifestyle with the loving help of Carriage Court and Otterbein Lebanon caregivers and family. She graduated in 1943 from Cincinnati Withrow High School where she was a member of Alpha Beta Kappa. Following graduation, she became an associate of Hilton-Davis Chemical Company for several years. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack Hanlon, following his World War II service in the United States Army Air Corps. Throughout his career as an educator, she was a dutiful and gracious spouse of a high school teacher, coach and principal. She was respectfully admired by her husband’s colleagues, students and ballplayers. As his career developed, the family lived in various Ohio school districts, including Cincinnati, Ashland, Heath and finally, from 1971 to 1985, Grandview Heights. Following retirement, she and her husband moved to Englewood, Florida. They later relocated back to Ohio at the Otterbein retirement community in Lebanon where her husband passed away in 2006. She moved to Marysville in 2010 to be closer to family. She was of the Presbyterian faith and enjoyed quilting, reading, gardening and fishing. She will be tenderly remembered for her welcoming style and maintaining loveliness and warmth throughout her homes. Above all, she was a devoted wife and dedicated mother and grandmother. She was born June 10, 1925 in Cincinnati to the late Maurice and Eva Whitson Hopkins. She was also predeceased by her husband, John R. Hanlon and a brother-and sister-in-law, Pat and LaVerne Hanlon. She is survived by two daughters, Mardy (Steve) Hanlon-Stolte of Marysville and Jennie (Thomas) Holsinger of Richmond, VA; two grandsons, Chip Gerstenmaier and Jack Gerstenmaier, both of Richmond, VA; three sisters-in-law, Ann (Jack) Callahan, Susan Collopy and Judy Gellenbeck; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Underwood Funeral Home, 703 East Fifth Street, Marysville, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Rev. John M. Groat will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Anna Borders

Anna M. Wiley Borders, 81, of Marysville, formerly of Sunbury, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Memorial Hospital of Union County. She retired from Ohio Bell after almost 34 years. She grew up in Croton, Ohio where she graduated from high school. She enjoyed baking and canning. She also liked gardening, especially tending to her flowers. She was born October 1, 1932 in Campbell, Kentucky to the late William G. and Catherine Schwab Wiley. She was also predeceased by her foster parents, C. Everett and Catherine E. Clapham; her husband of 43 years, Arlie J. Borders; and her brother- and sister-in-law, Bob and Bernice Wiley. She is survived by two sons, Randall (Diana) Anderson of Tucson, AZ and Arlie B. (Corina) Borders of Marysville; a daughter, Amy R. Chaffin of Marysville; eight grandchildren, Landi, Nathan, Timothy, Brandon, Danielle, Travis, Tyler and Kaleb; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Ed (Pat) Wiley of El Cajon, California; sisters-in-law, Pearl Churella, Jewel Tucker, Carolyn Mullins, Evelyn Fannin and Katherine (Doug) Patton; and a brother-in-law, Earl (Rosemary) Borders; and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Underwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends beginning at 5 p.m. Pastor Jerry McQueen of Living Hope Church will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Paul J. Moore

Paul J. Moore, age 54, of Plain City, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at Dublin Methodist Hospital following a long illness. He was a resident of the Convalarium at Indian Run for several years while he received treatment due to heart and kidney complications. A 1979 graduate of Fairbanks High School, he was a former associate of Mosier’s IGA in Milford Center and also worked as a grocery stockman at Super Foods in Bellefontaine. In recent years, he helped his family at their restaurant, Jim’s Diner, in Plain City. He was a big fan of the Cleveland Browns and the OSU Buckeyes. An outdoorsman when he was able, he enjoyed camping with friends. He will be well-remembered by his family and friends as a “junk food junkie.” He was born July 4, 1960 in Kenton. He is survived by his parents, James W. and Janet L. LeVan Moore of Plain City; two sisters, Kimberly (Charles) Wiese of Plain City and Tina Perritt of North Carolina; his brother, Jeffrey Moore of Plain City; his nieces and nephews, Kristin (Jeffrey) Ruck, Jamie (Robert) Wiese, Matthew (Katie) Murphy, Elaina Mitchell, and Layla and Darian Ruck; and a special friend, Brett Clarkes. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at East Liberty Cemetery. Pastor Lloyd Ferguson will officiate. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at www.nkfofohio.org. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Gregory Martin Preston

Gregory Martin Preston, age 42, of Marysville, died Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at OhioHealth Hospice Kobacker House in Columbus with his family by his side. A southern gospel vocalist, he was a recording studio engineer and was owner/operator of Winding Creek Recording Studio in Marysville. Music was his life. He began his career as a youngster and traveled around the country with his dad and brothers singing wherever they were needed. In addition to many artistic outlets, he especially had a talent for the visual arts. He was co-founder with his brother and sister, of Caption Graphics. He enjoyed sketching and pottery and developed his skills in the graphic arts. An outdoorsman, he loved fishing and camping. He was a devoted and loving son, brother, husband and father. He was born June 7, 1972 in Waukegan, Illinois to LT and Sheilah Harrington Preston who survive in Marysville. He is also survived by his wife of 13 years, Danielle Griffith Preston, whom he married December 9, 2000 at True Faith Baptist Church in Plain City; his children, James Collin “JC” (Charlene) Preston, Ryan Gregory Preston, Ashleigh Deanne Preston, Faith Morgan Preston, Daniel “Jake” Griffith and Emily Griffith; his siblings, Sandra Ball, Shawn (Sabrina) Preston, Kenneth (Amy) Preston and Janna Preston; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. A music tribute event celebrating his life will be announced soon to be held the weekend of August 23 at True Faith Community Church on Crottinger Road in Plain City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gregory Preston Memorial Fund. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Patricia Ann Wornstaff Ebright

Patricia Ann Wornstaff Ebright, 74, of Marysville, died early Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at The Gables at Green Pastures. She was a retired nurse aide and graduated from Ohio Hi Point Technical School in Bellefontaine. She was a member of Marysville Church of Christ and was very knowledgeable of the Holy Bible. She enjoyed embroidery and crocheting. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother and sister. She was born August 3, 1940 in Magnetic Springs, Ohio to the late Wilbert and Evelyn Ayers Wornstaff and was also predeceased by her husband, Roger Ebright; her first-husband, Bernard McLoughlin; a niece, Kristie; and a nephew, Aaron. She is survived by her son, Johnny Lee McLoughlin of Russells Point; two grandsons, Jonathan and Tony; her siblings, William (Flora) Wornstaff of Marysville, Sondra Lightner of Richwood and Pam (Bob) Burris of Marion; and an aunt, Alice Slack of Sunbury. Graveside services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hopewell Cemetery in Leesburg Township. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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