Doris Hodges

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Doris Marie (Gall) Hodges, Defiance, died November 4, 2012, at GlennPark of Defiance, Ohio. She was 93 years old.

Doris was born on April 9, 1919, to Otis Eugene Gall and Mamie Idell White on a small farm near Auburn, Indiana. She was the oldest of four children. She graduated from St. Joe High School in St. Joe, Indiana, in 1937. On May 5, 1938, she married Harold Wallace Hodges in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Harold and Doris lived in Defiance, Ohio, and raised two children, Gary Rex and Melanie Sue.

Doris was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and belonged to the Ruth Circle. She was also the oldest member of The Thirteen Club. She held the offices of treasurer, secretary, vice president and president.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Wallace Hodges (1977) and son, Gary Rex Hodges (2005).

She is survived by a daughter, Melanie Sue Cook and family, Douglas Cook Sr. and daughter, Alycia Erin Cook. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Linda Sue Hodges; and grandchildren, Richard Allen Hodges and Susan Hodges, Julie Marie Janik and Clete Janik, and Jeremy Rex Hodges; stepgrandchildren, Douglas Cook Jr. and Jason Cook; great-grandchildren Kittorn Ora Hodges, Caleb Hodges, Luke Ethan Janik Janik, Cade Simon Janik and Colette Marie Janik; great-stepgrandchildren, Stephanie Eley, Faith Cook, Wyatt Cook, Jarett Cook, Cayden Cook and Kenden Cook; and a great-great-stepgranddaughter, Lorilea Eley.

When Harold was alive, they enjoyed spending their time together traveling and spending time with their friends. Doris enjoyed many different crafts, cooking and baking, and taking care of her plants and flowers. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends, neighbors and relatives. She was visited often by her "little friends," those that were friends of her son and daughter.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 6, from 2-8 p.m. at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, at Trinity United Methodist Church of Defiance, Ohio, with Pastor Joe Graves officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials in Doris' memory should be made to Heartland Hospice, Glenn Park or Trinity United Methodist Church.

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  • Very sad to hear of Doris' passing. She and my great-aunt Viv were friends and neighbors long ago. Was not aware that Rev. Gary had passed, either. He and my cousin Father Mike Schelling officiated Viv's funeral back in '96. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Melanie, i don't know if you remember me or not. I was very young the last time i saw you, i'm sure! Please contact me, if you would like. Thank you. Robin L. Dunbar robin_dunbar@yahoo.com