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KAREN LYNN MITCHELL

Karen Lynn Mitchell, 66, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at her home following a year-long battle with cancer.

Karen was born February 6, 1954, in Washington Court House, Ohio, the oldest child of Frelan and Jincie Louise VanMeter. She graduated from Washington High School in 1972, then moved to Columbus, where she became a registered nurse at OSU Hospital.

Karen met her husband, Timothy Mitchell, in March of 1986, and by October, they were married. Together they raised two children, Eric and Kristen Mitchell.

Karen was a Christian and devoted her life to service. She worked as an RN for more than 30 years before retiring in 2011, and was an active member of TWIG. Karen was quick to laugh and loved a celebration. Rarely on time but always present, she could be found behind a video camera at every family birthday party or school event within driving distance. Her zeal for life and a sale at Macy’s was unmatched.

Karen is survived by her husband, Tim Mitchell, and her children, Eric Mitchell, Kristen Mitchell, and Kristen’s fiancé Austin Drenski. She is survived by her mother Jincie Louise VanMeter; two sisters, Cinda Burks (Charles) and Beth Hendershot (Bob); brother-in-law, Gordon Mitchell; sister-in-law, Marcia Gano (Robert); many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and beloved friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Frelan VanMeter, grandparents on both sides and her brother-in-law Mike Dennis.

A funeral will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 3 p.m. at the Fayette Bible Church in Washington Court House with Pastor Tony Garren officiating.  Friends may call Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

A private burial will be held Thursday at Union Cemetery in Columbus.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio  43205.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House, Ohio.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing will be observed and please wear a mask.

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JAMES ALBERT “JAKE” MINSHALL

James Albert “Jake” Minshall, 83, of New Holland, Ohio died Thursday, June 4, 2020, at his home.

Jake was born July 26, 1936, in Fayette County, Ohio to James Carl and Dorothy Helen Mitchem Minshall.  He was a 1954 graduate of New Holland High School and was a lifelong resident of the New Holland community where he was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by a son, James A. Minshall.

He is survived by three sons, Ray A. Minshall and his wife, Kristil, Jason C. Minshall and Brandon Hull; two grandchildren, Savannah and Dalton Minshall; two brothers, Paul Minshall and his wife, Carol, and Carl Minshall, all of New Holland and a sister, Sarah Shortreed of Circleville.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation will take place and there will be no visitation or service.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

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ANNA LEE TRIMMER FERGUSON

Anna Lee Trimmer Ferguson, 82, of Wilmington, Ohio, formerly of Washington Court House, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 6:18 p.m. at Clinton Memorial Hospital following complications of a stroke.  She had been residing at Wilmington Nursing and Rehabilitation since November 2018.

She was born January 11, 1938, in Washington Court House, Ohio, the seventh of 17 children of Charles Glenn and Helen Speakman Trimmer.

“Annie” was a cook for the Wilmington City Schools from 1987 until her retirement in 1998.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Wilmington.

Annie married Paul Wayne Ferguson on December 23, 1953.  They were married for 53 years prior to his death on October 22, 2007.  She was also preceded in death by her parents;10 brothers and two sisters-in-law, Dean (Virginia) Trimmer, Newt Trimmer, Jim (Glenda) Trimmer, Paul Dale Trimmer, Clarence “Pedro” Trimmer, Dick Trimmer, John Trimmer, Eddie Trimmer, Bob Trimmer, stillborn infant brother; two brothers-in-law, Emerson Carter and Ed Pence and a very special aunt and uncle, Ed and Pauline Trimmer Richardson.

She is survived by a daughter, Paula (Bill) Ross, of Wilmington, and two sons, Ron (Carol) Ferguson, of Wilmington, and Mike (Karen) Ferguson of Cuba, OH.  “Granny” is also survived by eight grandchildren, Krista (Eric) Mahan of Nipomo, CA, Matt (Melanie) Ross of Williamsburg, OH, Emily (Frank) Noggle of Miamisburg, OH, Ethan Ferguson of Norwood, OH, Melanie Ferguson of Kettering, OH, Adam Ferguson of Cuba, OH, Justen Floyd of Wilmington, and Kristen (Brian) Jeffers of Bloomingburg; three step-grandchildren, Curtis Gilbert and Jami Roby of Wilmington, and Jodi Jeffers of West Chester OH; nine great-grandchildren, Xander and Ellie Mahan, Anna, Molly, Paul, and Leah Ross, Braden and Camden Noggle, and Adeline Jeffers; eight step-great-grandchildren, Jenna Dooley, Sidney Trasser, Darby Trasser, Sam and Max Roby and Reiden, Izaiah, and Thayer Jarvis; four sisters, Pat Carter and Lynn Pence of Washington CH, Elsie (Tom) Ingle of Columbia, SC, and Sherry (Ray) Perkins of Bloomingburg; two brothers, Wayne (Karen) Trimmer of Pennsylvania and Terry (Virginia) Trimmer of London, OH and five sisters-in-law, Hiromi Trimmer of Honolulu, Hawaii, Paola Trimmer of Gaeta, Italy, Judy Trimmer of Topeka KS, Marie Trimmer of Louisville, KY, and Brenda Trimmer of North Carolina

Services will be held Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 11:a.m. the First Christian Church, 120 Columbus Street, Wilmington, Ohio.  The family will receive visitors from 10 am until time of the service.  Interment will follow at the Washington Cemetery in Washington C.H.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Christian Church in Wilmington in Anna’s name.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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BETTY LOU KEATON

Betty Lou Keaton, 94, of New Holland, Ohio died Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 3:30 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House where she had been residing since 2018.

Mrs. Keaton was born August 31, 1925, in Greenup, Kentucky, to James R. and Elizabeth Florence Blevins Crider.  She lived most of her life in the New Holland community.

She had formerly been an aide at the Orient State Institute and also had worked at Sunshine Laundry and Dry Cleaning in Washington Court House.

Mrs. Keaton was affiliated with the Atlanta United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Lester Keaton on January 28, 1983; by three sons, Jody Shawn Keaton in 1991, Jeffrey Lynn Keaton in 2006, and Ralph Lester Keaton, Jr. in 2014, and a son-in-law, Larry Priest in 2017.

Mrs. Keaton is survived by a daughter, Connie Priest of Grove City, Ohio; three grandchildren, Christina Lochbaum of Grove City, Randy Keaton of Seattle, WA and Debra Keaton of Arkansas and a great grandson, Kyle Lochbaum and his wife, Kat, of San Jose, CA.

A graveside service will be held Monday, June 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the New Holland Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Harnish, pastor at the Atlanta United Methodist Church,  officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

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WILMA JEAN (HOWARD) SMITH

Wilma Jean (Howard) Smith passed away on May 29, 2020, at Carriage Court Memory Care in Washington Court House, Ohio.

Jean was born on September 19, 1930, in Portsmouth, Ohio to Brady and Anna Cornett Howard. She lived the vast majority of her life in Washington Court House and resided on South Main Street with her husband, Richard “Dick” Smith, until they both relocated to Carriage Court.  Richard died in 2016 and Jean had been lovingly assisted in Memory Care since that date.

Jean was known for her dedication to family and love for the changing of seasons.  Her spotless home was a place of true joy for her.  From her days as a high school cheerleader and homecoming queen to her last hours on Main Street, she always greatly enjoyed the company of others and the presence of friends and family.

Fond memories of her sisters, Margie Alkire, Kate Mustine, and Janet Davis were always with her.  Those same memories extended to her many nieces and nephews.

Jean is survived by her son, Dr. James Smith of Ypsilanti, Michigan and her daughter-in-law, Dr. Connie Ruhl-Smith, of Ypsilanti as well. While Jean never saw Eastern Michigan University, where Jim and Connie are the “first couple”, she loved to hear stories about the university and enjoyed knowing of the sports successes made by various university athletes and their specific teams.

A small private ceremony will be held with family only.  A larger gathering will be held at a later date as the pandemic passes.

The family requests no flowers but gifts of remembrance may be given to the First Baptist Church, 301 East East Street, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160; the Eastern Michigan University Foundation, 12 Welch Hall, 850 West Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48199 or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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REBECCA HICKS DAVIS

Rebecca Hicks Davis, 71, of London, Ohio died Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 8 p.m. at the Select Specialty Hospital in Columbus where she had been a patient since April 13.

Becky was born September 21, 1948, in Columbus, Ohio to Edward Milton and Mildred Reigle Hicks.  She was a 1966 graduate of Teays Valley High School and lived most of her life in Pickaway, Fayette and Madison Counties.

She retired as a claims adjuster from the Franks Gates Service Company.  She had formerly been a medical secretary.

Becky was an active member of the Newport United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.  She was also a member of the Open Gate Garden Club and for several years served as secretary/treasurer of the Ohio Duroc Breeding Association.  She enjoyed flowers, genealogy and antiquing.  She especially loved her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Beth Davis.

Becky is survived by her husband, Stephen Earl Davis whom she married November 12, 1966; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Alicia Davis of Pittsburgh, PA; seven grandchildren, Kelsey (Jeremiah) Roberts, Colin, Owen, Evelyn, Kale, Gwyn and Violet Davis and her mother-in-law, Violet Davis of Washington Court House.

A graveside service will be held Monday, June 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Paint Township Cemetery in Madison County with the Rev. Wayne Stuntz, pastor at the Newport United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

Friends may call at the Newport United Methodist Church (80 Center Street-SE, London, Ohio) Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newport United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 701, London, Ohio  43140.

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LOIS JEAN CHERRYHOLMES DUFF RHOAD

Lois Jean Cherryholmes Duff Rhoad, 87 of Washington Court House, passed away surrounded by family at her home on Monday, May 25, 2020.

Lois was born November 12, 1932, to Delbert Owen and Gladys Powell Cherryholmes.  She was a 1950 graduate of Washington City Schools.

She worked as a secretary for the county and area extension offices and later as a clerk in the Fayette County Probate and Juvenile Court.

In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her first husband, Dwight Duff in 1980.

She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, John Rhoad.  Also surviving are her children, Debra Duff (William) Diley and David (Lisa) Duff; grandchildren, Jason (Emily) Duff and Marc Duff, one great granddaughter and two sisters-in-law, Martha Cooper and Maryann (Dean) Earl.  She will also be sorely missed by her devoted kitty, Miss Boo.

The family would like to extend their profound appreciation to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County for making it possible for Lois to remain in her home.

In accordance with her wishes, Lois will be cremated, with services at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to suggest that anyone wishing to make a remembrance, consider Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, the Fayette County Regional Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160 or the Bloomingburg United Methodist Church, 5 Cross Street-NE, Bloomingburg, Ohio  43106.

Arrangements were completed by the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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VIRGINIA SUE (GINNY) EGGLETON TOLLE

Virginia Sue (Ginny) Tolle, 70, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Saturday, May 23, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington where she had been a patient two days.

Ginny was born May 6, 1950, in Winfield, West Virginia to Leo Thomas “Cleo” and Kattie Evelyn Brown Eggleton.  She was a 1968 graduate of Miami Trace High School and lived most of her life in New Holland and Washington Court House.

She formerly was an aide and dietician at various area nursing home.

Ginny loved traveling, camping and working with flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Ginny is survived by her husband, Steven R. Tolle whom she married November 1, 1991; by two children, Bradford M. Dunn and Marissa D. Bowers and her husband, Ted, all of Lebanon; five grandchildren, Isabella and Ava Dunn and Hope, Brennan and Ahren Bowers; eight siblings, Betty (Mario) Hernandez of Cleveland, Janice Smith of New Holland, Roger Eggleton of South Salem, Richard (Lillian) Eggleton of New Holland, Robert (Kathy) Eggleton of New Holland, Anna (John) Dean of Frankfort, Joyce (Kevin) Frye of Loudon, TN and Jeremy Eggleton of Washington Court House; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Jones and a brother-in-law, Al Penwell, both of Washington Court House; numerous nieces and nephews and several special friends.

The funeral will be Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Larry Snodgrass, pastor at the Pisgah-Mount Pleasant Church, officiating..  Cremation will follow the service with burial of the cremains at a later date in Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Wednesday from 4 p.m. until time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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LISA R. MILLER

Lisa R. Miller, 52, of Jamestown, Ohio died Monday, May 11, 2020, at the home of her daughter in Dayton.

She was born July 19, 1967, in Jacksonville, FL. She moved to Jamestown in 2001 from Virginia.

Lisa struggled with health problems throughout her life. God rest her soul.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Miller; a son, David Mogren; her mother, Mary Rhoads Thevenin and a brother, Scott Minnery.

She is survived by her father, Terrance Lee Thevenin of Dayton; two children, Mindy Thevenin of Dayton and her fiancé, Johnny Ring, and Christopher Mogren of Murfreesboro, TN and grandchildren, Phoebe and Elijah Thevenin.

Cremation took place. A private family remembrance will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House, Ohio.

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ROBERT L. JOHNSON

Robert L. Johnson, 85, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at 6:15 p.m. at Court House Manor Nursing Home where he had been a resident since June 2019.

Bob was born October 1, 1934, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Sanford “Pappy” and Cory Marie Penwell Johnson.  He lived most of his life in New Holland and Washington Court House.

He was an avid horseman and, before his retirement, was a longtime trainer of standardbred race horses for McKinley Kirk Stables.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy A. McAnerney, on July 20, 1992; by a daughter, Tammy M. Dick on July 2, 2019; an infant son, Robert, and four brothers and a sister.

Bob is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara J. and Dan Duhl of Westerville, Ohio; he was a doting grandfather to seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; a brother, Fred Johnson of Washington Court House and two sisters, Alice Greenlee of Washington Court House and Margaret Wolfe of Indiana.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation took place.  A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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