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July 22, 2014 • Obituaries

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July 22, 2014

Dolores Emley

Dolores Emley, 85, of Moores Hill, passed away Sunday morning, July 20, 2014, at The Waters of Dillsboro following a long illness. Dolores was born on January 15, 1929 in Cincinnati to Chester Erb and Elizabeth Lockard Erb.

On September 1, 1950, Dolores was united in marriage to Fred Emley, and they were blessed with one son, Edward Emley. Fred served his country in the US Navy for three years, during which Dolores and he lived in Washington D.C. before moving back to Cincinnati. In 1955 Fred joined the Cincinnati Fire Dept, where he stayed for 15 years, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. In 1983 Fred and Dolores moved to Moores Hill, where they purchased a small farm. Dolores was a partner with Fred in these ventures. They purchased a 1953 Chevrolet truck from Schutte’s General Store and began a huckster route selling fruits and vegetables in and around the Dillsboro area. They did well for a few years, until the big stores were too much competition for them. Following this stint, they planted 4,200 French Hybrid and American grape vines. With help from Dolores they operated the “Queens Vineyard” for several years. They also traveled the United States selling telephone book covers as advertising. After visiting each state, they decided to return home and be with their son and his family. At the urging of their friend, Dellas Ross, Fred and Dolores started a senior magazine, called “Over 50”, which , after several years had a circulation of approximately 50,000. They eventually sold the magazine to the Register Publications. Dolores was active in the Women’s Auxiliary of the Shrine, a cause that was deep in their hearts. On January 31, 2009, her husband, Fred Emley, passed away. This left a big void in Dolores’s life and she missed him very much. Two years ago, when her health started to fail, Dolores moved to The Waters of Dillsboro, where she received excellent care.

She is survived by her son, Edward Emley and his fiancée Jayne Weber, of St. Leon; two granddaughters, Lisa (Eric) Sierra, of Harrison, Ohio, and Eve Emley, of New York; and three great-grandchildren, Megan, Nicholas, and Nathan Sierra.

The funeral service for Dolores will be Wednesday, July 23, at 12 noon at The Church of Christ, 11771 Old US 50 in Dillsboro, with Rev. Otto Conley officiating. She will be laid to rest at South Sparta Cemetery in Moores Hill next to her husband, Fred. Friends may meet her family on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

The family suggests memorial tributes in her memory be given to The Shriners Burn Institute. Envelopes will be available at the visitation. Arrangements are entrusted to DeVries Funeral Home.

Joyce Ann Kramer

Joyce Ann Kramer, 78, of Milan, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. Keeping with her wishes, Joyce’s body was donated to science. No services are planned. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is in charge of arrangements.

Delores C. Kabbes

Delores C. Kabbes, 80, of Cross Plains, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Fairfield, Ohio. She was born in Cincinnati on June 30, 1934, the daughter of Albert and Helen Hautz Riestenberg. She was married to Matt Kabbes on May 14, 1955 and he preceded her in death on December 28, 2012.

Survivors include one son, Mike Kabbes of Cincinnati; three daughters, Susan (Tom) Spielman of Aurora, Pamela Kabbes of Salem, and and Kathleen Kreimer of Florence Kentucky; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray Riestenberg of Cincinnati; one sister, Helen Mueller of Harrison, Ohio, and Kathleen Kreimer of Florence Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Joan Jansen, her brothers Stan and Al Riestenberg, and her daughter-in-law Bonnie Kabbes.

Mrs. Kabbes was a 1952 graduate of Seton High School in Cincinnati. In her younger years, she coached kids in softball and volleyball and had worked for several years as a cook at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati. Delores was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Osgood.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Sister Shirley Gerth officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Osgood. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to the St. John Catholic Church or to St. Jude's in care of the funeral home.

Harry G. Redfern

Harry G. Redfern, 94, of Osgood, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born September 22, 1919, in Ripley County. He was the son of the late Charles and Frannie Murphy Redfern. Harry married Alberta Herbert and she preceded him in death in November of 1996. They were blessed with two children.

Harry was a WW II Army Veteran. He had been a past member of the Osgood American Legion, Disabled Veterans & the Modern Woodsman. He also had worked for the Jac-Cen-Del School Corporation as a custodian.

Survivors include daughter: Joyce C. Redfern of Osgood and two grandchildren.

One son, Harry L. Redfern, preceded him in death. Also, one brother and three sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held all in one day, Saturday, July 19 at Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, with burial in the Greendale Cemetery, Osgood. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, was in charge of arrangements.

Viola Mae Pickett

Viola Mae Pickett, 102, of Holton, entered this life on September 15, 1911, in Delaware. She was the loving daughter of the late Wm. and Clara Horton Ensinger. Viola was united in marriage to Garner Klell Pickett on March 25, 1928, and he preceded her in death in June of 1979. To this union they were blessed with two sons, Delbert and Ralph Pickett.

Viola worked very hard raising her family. She was a past employee of Muscatatuck State Hospital where she had worked as a cook for 20 years. She also had attended Holton Methodist Church. She was proud of the fact that she was about two months shy of being 103 years old! As her family stated, she had been a very “tough” woman to survive that many years!

Viola Mae passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Manderley Health Care Center, Osgood. She will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends.

Survivors include son: Ralph Pickett of Holton; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Delbert Pickett; two brothers, Lee and Jake Ensinger; one sister, Della Heimsath and one grandson, Ronald Pickett.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 22 at Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, at 10 a.m., doors open at 9 a.m. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery, Holton. Memorials may be given to the Holton Methodist Church. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, is handling arrangements.

Donah Oline Smith

Donah Oline Smith, 92, of Indianapolis, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014. She was born in Lawrenceville, Illinois.

Donah was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, the Lutheran Braille Workers, Tuesday Toilers Homemakers Group and Tri Kappa Sorority.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Armon and Nellie White; her husband, Richard H. Smith; and her sister, Wanda Wagner.

Survivors include her daughters, Deborah Blum and Karen Smith; her grandsons, Michael (Rachel) Blum and Alexander Blum; her great grandson, Wyatt Blum; and nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with Donah’s family Friday, July 25, from 4-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at St. John Lutheran Church, 6630 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46203, with a memorial service being held at 11 a.m., Saturday at the church.

Arrangements by Flanner and Buchanan-Washington Park East, 10722 E. Washington St., Indianapolis. Contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, The Lutheran Braille Workers, or the Worship for Shut-ins. Friends may sign Donah’s online guest registry at

Elizabeth Ann “Ellie” Helton

Elizabeth Ann “Ellie” Helton, 14,, of Apex, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. She was born in Atlanta, GA on November 5, 1999 to Todd Richard and Karen Frances Swanson Helton.

Ellie attended high school at Thales Academy at the Apex Campus and was an active youth group member at Crosspointe Church in Cary, NC. She was an amazing young lady with a compassionate and strong heart. She was a shining light in so many people’s lives. God gave Ellie so many remarkable talents and she was incredibly unique. She was an avid reader and always excelled in her studies. She loved the arts and was incredibly creative. Ellie had an unwavering, constant love for the family and friends in her life. She was hilarious and lit up any room she set foot in.
Ellie had gone through so much in her lifetime, and now God has spared her from a life of pain and brought her home to be happy and whole in heaven, where she belongs. Ellie was so admired by her family for her strength and perseverance. Now she is looking over all of her loved ones and will always be there as an angel and guardian for everyone she touched.

She is survived by her loving parents Todd and Karen Helton; her sisters Frances Grace, 10, and Anna Carolina, 7; paternal great-grandmother, Maggie Helton; paternal grandparents Richard and Cindy Helton; maternal grandparents, James and Dail Swanson; paternal uncle, aunt and cousins, Chris and Lori Helton Welker, Kate and Maggie; maternal aunt and cousins, Kristen Swanson Riddick, Margaret and Hallie; maternal uncle, aunt and cousins, Woody and Susan Swanson Axton, Macy and Jacob.

A celebration of her life was held on July 20, at the Apex Funeral Home Chapel and a burial at Wake Memorial Park, 7002 Green School Rd, Cary, N.C..

To honor Ellie and celebrate her life the family is encouraging everyone to wear some form of pink, Ellie’s favorite color. Donations may be made to commemorate Ellie’s life, through the Brain Aneurysm Foundation 269 Hanover St. #3 Hanover, MA 02339 or online at

Mary Margaret Moore

Mary Margaret Moore, 91, of Milan, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at University Hospital, Cincinnati. Arrangements are pending at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan.

Carlin Sarah Davis

Carlin Sarah Davis, 16, of Bedford, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at her home. She was born in Greensburg on July 14, 1998.

Survivors include her father, John Curran of Cincinnati; and her mother, Amy Davis of Milton, Kentucky; one sister, Zada Lutz of Muncie; her maternal grandparents, Wayne and Cindy Vanosdol of Holton; along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Carlin had attended Deer Park High School in Cincinnati where she was a cheerleader and played the flute in the band. She would have been a junior this fall at Trimble County High School in Bedford.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 24, at 12 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bob McCreary of the Holton Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery near Holton. Visitation will be on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

Pauline Alvey

Pauline Alvey, 84, of Milan, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at her home. Pauline was born Wednesday, March 5, 1930, at Oneida, Kentucky, the daughter of Green and Edna (Bowling) Davidson. She was married to Raleigh Hensley and later to Willard Alvey who preceded her in death.

She was a former employee of the Phillip Morris Tobacco Company in Louisville and was a member of the Metamora Church of God. She was an excellent crotcheter and also enjoyed cooking, doing household chores and spending time with her family.

She will be missed by daughters, Georgia (Edward) Hensley of Milan, Edna (Bill) Rice of Leavenworth; brothers, David Davidson of Oneida, Ky. and Daniel Davidson of Hamilton, Ohio; sister-in-law, Ruby Hensley of London, Ky., 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons Reese and Carlos Hensley and two brothers Willard and Marshall Davidson.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 21, at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan with Rev. Edward Hensley and Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial was in New Craven Cemetery at Milan. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, was entrusted with arrangements; 707 South Main St. Box 243, 47031 (812)654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message.


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