Stambaugh, Beatrice

Written by David Green.

Beatrice M. Stambaugh, 84, formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 25, 2011, at Swanton Valley Care and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her family.

She was born July 8, 1926, in Otsego, Mich., to the late Frank and Florence (Maatman) Walters. She married William S. “Bill” Stambaugh on Nov. 5, 1949, in Martin, and he preceded her in death Oct. 16, 2007.

Bea lived her early life and attended high school in Otsego, Mich. She later moved with Bill to Fayette where they made their home for more than 50 years.

Bea was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking and going shopping. She worked at the former Wannemacher Drug Store in Fayette for more than 30 years, and later retired from Epic in Archbold with 10 years of service.

Her community involvement included membership with the Fayette Firebells, Order of the Eastern Star, Fayette American Legion Auxiliary, and the Fayette United Methodist Church.

Surviving Bea are two sons, James (and Jean) Stambaugh of Wauseon, Ohio, and Thomas (and Patricia) Stambaugh of Fayette; a daughter, Susan (and William) Hulshof of Archbold, Ohio; two brothers, Harris Walters of Vicksburg, Mich., and Frances Walters of Kalamazoo, Mich.; two sisters, Lou (and Ned) Sutherland of Dowagiac, Mich., and Vivian (and Walt) Reed of Otsego, Mich.; three grandchildren, Nicholas (and Lacy) Stambaugh of Lyons, Ohio, Ashley Stambaugh of Seneca, Mich., and Jason (and Bridgette) Stambaugh of Toledo, Ohio; two great-grandchildren,  Cooper Stambaugh and Amre Branson; a foster-daughter, Janet (and Joe) Brown of Montpelier, Ohio; and two foster-grandchildren, Mark Brown and Norma Brown.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Walters, and three sisters, Katherine Walters, Marion Stokes and Doris Sims.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, and also on Tuesday at the church for one hour preceding the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church, Gorham Fayette Fire Department, or the Diabetes Association.

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