Verla Santee

BELOIT – Verla Lucille (Cobbs) Santee, 97, a woman of great faith and prayer, passed at 12:53 p.m. Wednesday, to be with the Lord. She was born April 4, 1916 in Damascus, the daughter of the late Irven and Ada (Crosley) Cobbs.

A lifelong member of Damascus Friends Church, she was the Sunday School Superintendent of the Children’s Department for many years. She possessed the gift of hospitality.

Her husband, Ralph Wendell Santee, who she married June 2, 1944, preceded her in death August 26. 2009.

Survivors include one son, Jim (Teresa) Santee of Salem; three daughters, Joyce (Michael) Stiffler of Beloit, Jane (Don) Hardy of Beloit and Nancy (Tom) Jones of Salem; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by a son, Duane Santee; a sister, Lois June Cobbs; and two brothers, Virgil and Kenneth Cobbs.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Stark Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. John Ryser officiating. Calling hours will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Damascus Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Friends Church, P.O. Box 205, Damascus, Ohio 44619.

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