Friday, March 26, 2010

Byers, Deborah E. (Jefferis/Jeffers)

Deborah E. Byers

RESIDENCES: As of Feb 1918, Graysville, OH

HEALTH_HISTORY: Cerebral hemorrhage on 9 Dec 1945

RESIDENCES: Graysville, OH and last 8 years in Cambridge, OH

As a result of a cerebral hemmorrhage suffered Dec. 9, [1945], Mrs. Deborah E. Lucas, 83, widow of Alva W. Lucas, died at 3:20 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, 1945, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.L. Devore, 308 North Fifth St., Cambridge, Oh., with whom she had made her home for the past eight years.

Born Sept. 30, 1862, near Graysville, Monroe County, Ohio, a daughter of Abner and Mary Ann Jefferis (Jeffers) Byers, Mrs. Lucas resided practically her entire life in the Graysville community. On December 17, 1885, she married Alva W. Lucas, who preceded her in death 14 years ago.

At an early age she united with the Conner Ridge Methodist Church in Monroe County. For a great many years she served this church in the capacity of a faithful Sunday School teacher.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lulu Devore of Cambridge, Ohio and Mrs. Zella Adams of Olney, Ill. A daughter, Mrs. Mary Vanfossen is deceased, and a son died in infancy. She is survived by the following grandchildren: Mrs. Wilma Spitzenberger, of Toledo, Ohio; Harold Devore of Columbus, Oh; Vera Eckelberry of Cambridge, Ohio; Hila May Bowling of South Charleston, W.Va.; Roy Vanfossen, Clay City, Illinois; Leo Vanfossen of Noble, Illinois and Dean Adams who is serving in the Army Air Corps; fourteen great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Isadora Christy of Graysville, also survive, as well as several nephews and nieces. Several brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

The body was removed to the Bundy Funeral Home, Cambridge, and returned to the Devore home for services at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening, Dec. 25, with Rev. W. Dwight Heaston, pastor of First Methodist Church, Cambridge, officiating. Additional services were conducted by Rev. Heaston at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1945 at the Hartshorn Ridge Church in Monroe Co., [OH]. Interment was in the church cemetery. (Source: Obituaries of Monroe Co., Ohio, Volume 2, compiled by Ruth Dougherty Hogue, p. 8)

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