Iona 'Jean' Ankney


Iona "Jean" Ankney, 74, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born on June 10, 1939, to Harry and Bertha (Lintermoot) Wolford in Paulding. On December 5, 1958, she married Garrison Ankney and he passed away in 2008.

She graduated in 1957 from Paulding High School, where she was a lively trouble maker. Jean was a cashier for Chief Super Market for 18 years. After retirement from Chief, she went on to work at Rite Aid. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, sight-seeing, gambling and going on trips.

She is survived by her daughter, Laurie (Thomas) Sinn of Latty, Ohio; grandchildren, Stefanie (Matthew) Sinn-Hollar of Ankara, Turkey, Steven (Alicia) Sinn of Latty, Ohio; and her great-grandchildren, Savannah and Stella Sinn; sister-in-law, Violent Grant of Texas; and brother-in-law, Charles "Jim" (Marilyn) Ankney, Defiance, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ilo; and brother, Melvin.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the funeral service being held on January 30, 2014, at 1 p.m., with Deacon Jeff Mayer officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding County.

Memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation or the Defiance Senior Center. Online condolences can be given at

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