Obituaries – 5/10/12

Published 9:07 am Thursday, May 10, 2012

Doris Starr

Doris J. Starr, 87, of Kitts Hill, died Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Ky. She was born May 5, 1925, the daughter of the late Raymond M. & Hazel H. (Harrod) Stiles, in Lima. She was the wife of the late Ralph Kenneth “Jack” Starr.

Mrs. Starr is a former member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Lima and Lafayette. She was a member of Rock Camp United Methodist Church in Rock Camp. She was a member of VFW Auxilliary 1275 in Lima. Doris was a big Elvis fan. She loved attending the Allen County Fair and playing bingo at Our Daily Bread.

Survivors are a daughter, Jackie A. Holton of Kitts Hill; a great grandson, Kyle (Jessica) Sexton of Greenup, Ky.; a son, Jeffrey L. (Kaye) Starr of Harrod; a great granddaughter, Jamie Sexton of Catlettsburg, Ky.; great-granddaughters, Hannah Sexton of Catlettsburg, Ky.; a brother, Chuck L. Stiles of Harrod; a great-granddaughter, Lily Howard of Ada; granddaughter, Dawn (Mark) Sexton of Catlettsburg, Ky.; great-grandson, Landon Dray of Harrod; grandson, Bryan Starr of Napoleon; great-grandson, William Howard, of Ada; granddaughter, Kristen (Justin) Howard of Ada; great-grandsons, Jayden and Jacob Sexton; granddaughter, Megan (Lyle) Dray of Harrod; sister in law, A. Ruth Stiles of Harrod; grandson, Matt Starr of Harrod; several nieces and nephews and close friends.

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She was preceded in death by a brother, Harry D. Stiles; sister, Peggy Bogart; and sister in law, Mary Ellen Stiles.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Eastside Chapel Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation with Pastor Dave Burkhart officiating. Friends may call from 2- 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery Lima. Donations may be made to Our Daily Bread, P.O. Box 488, Lima, OH 45802-0488


Edna Lavender

Edna Frances Terry Lavender, 94, of Marion, went to be with her husband and Lord on Tuesday morning, May 8, 2012, at Heartland of Marion following an extended illness.

On Feb 20, 1918, Edna was born in Ironton, one of 13 children of the late Vintson Early and Mary Frances (Sparks) Terry. She graduated from Central High School in Ironton.

Shortly following graduation, Edna married a young man “who had chased her for two years,” William Leo “Bill” Lavender, on July 31, 1936.  Together they lovingly raised five boys and shared nearly 60 years of marriage.  He preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1996.

After living in Steubenville for a few years, Edna and Bill moved as a family to Marion in the early 1940s for work he found at Universal Products.  Edna worked at the Harding Hotel and the Courtesy Inn, where she was a clerk and accountant. Then she went to  work at Fulfillment Corp. until she retired in 1982.

A woman of faith, Edna was proud to have been baptized into the St. Mary Church in Marion four years ago in February of 2008.

A proud mother of five sons, she always teased her family by saying that “everything was great until the daughters-in-law came around”.  “Her world revolved around her sons and grandchildren whom she would give away her last penny to without hesitation.  She was also eternally grateful to her beloved grandchildren for their taking care of her when she needed them after her husband, Bill, passed away.

Cherishing every moment surrounded by her family, Edna made sure that every holiday was special when her family gathered to be together.  She always made sure she cooked everyone’s favorite dishes, and there were many favorites to choose from.

She will be dearly missed by her five sons, William (Jean) Lavender of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Murray (Susan) Lavender of Charlotte, N.C., Terry (Sharry) Lavender of Marion, Tom Lavender of Muncie, Ind. and Tim (Mary Jean) Lavender of Marion; six grandchildren, Timothy (Kelly) Lavender, Kimberly (Donny) Hayes, Larry (Cathy) Lavender, Lynne (Mike) Barr, John (Cay) Lavender and Andrew Lavender; 11 great-grandchildren, Misty (Bob) Foy, Michael Lavender, Nick (Jessica) Lavender, Jamie (James) Rucker, Taylor, Andrew, Stephen, Jake, Claire, Collin and Jacob Lavender; step-great-grand children Blake Brewer and Britney Hayes; two great-great-grandchildren: Layla Lavender and Grace Foy; and countless nieces and nephews. Including her husband and parents, Edna was preceded in death by all of her brothers and sisters: Mable Marie Parker, James Alpha Terry, Vintson Jesse Terry, Aron Terry, Harold Edson Terry, Arthur Manuel Terry, Robert Paul Terry, Catherine Wanda Terry, Howard Edward “Babe” Terry, Donald Gene Terry, Agnes Crown, and Baby Boy Terry; and two grandchildren: Maria and Julianna Lavender. The Lavender family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  A funeral Mass honoring her life will be 9 a.m. Saturday at the St. Mary Church, 251 N. Main St., Marion, with Father Michael Nimocks serving as Celebrant.  Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery in Marion.

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and to the American Cancer Society, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Edna’s family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting


Daisy Faith Artressia

Daisy Faith Artressia, 2-year-old daughter of Sabrina Artressia and John Taylor, died Monday, May 7, 2012, in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus. Funeral services will be noon Friday at Evans Funeral Home, Raceland Ky. Herbert Steel and Mark Ferrira will be officiating. Burial will be in the Caroline Cemetery, Raceland. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday.


Alberta Lawless

Alberta Lawless, 86, of Flatwoods, Ky. died Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at her residence. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Phillips Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday with Pastors Scott Hill and David Seals officiating. Burial will follow in Plum Grove Cemetery. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


James Lewis

James Lewis, 62, of Ironton, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky. Arrangements are pending at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home.