Ehlinger, Delora

Posted in Obituaries

Delora Ehlinger, 104, of Morenci, Mich., died March 8, 2010, at Citizens for Quality Care in Morenci. 

She was born Sept. 20, 1905, in Jasper, Mich., the daughter of Charley and Olive (Drake) Fletcher.  On Aug. 5, 1929, in Erie, Penn., she married Robert D. Paine.  He preceded her in death Aug. 28, 1968.  On Sept. 7, 1973, in Morenci, Delora married Joseph Ehlinger.  He also preceded her in death Sept. 23, 1980.

Soon after graduating from high school, Delora went to work for Freed-Swaney Ford Auto Sales in Morenci. She worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for about 35 years until the business closed. She then became  Morenci city treasurer, a position she held until her retirement.  

Delora was a member of the Morenci First Congregational United Church of Christ, Excelsior Lodge #224 Order of the Eastern Star (a member since April 1946) and the Morenci American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter, Beatrice (and Herbert) Eckman of West Unity, Ohio; a stepson, Jack (and Jean) Ehlinger of Florida; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Sarah Johnson of Morenci; two brothers, Elwood Fletcher of Adrian, Mich., and Rexford Fletcher of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husbands, Delora was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Paine; a sister, Iola Mitchell; and two brothers, Russel and George Fletcher.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg and Rev. Jack Cahill officiating.  Burial will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci First Congregational Church or to Great Lakes Hospice.

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