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Obituaries

Betty Elzay was first woman elected to Ada Council

Betty Elzay, our beloved mother left this "earthly plane" on December 12, 2021, to start another chapter in her journey. She was surrounded by her two sons and their wives at her son Allen's home in Green Valley, Arizona. 

Betty was born December 16, 1922 to Franklin and Bluette Weinhold.

Mary Joan Crist co-founded Crist Business Machines

Mary Joan Tyson Crist, age 96, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 3:33 p.m. at the Bowling Green Bridge Hospice. 

Mary Joan Tyson Crist was born on January 30, 1925, in Lima, OH.  She was welcomed with love into the home of her parents, J.O. Tyson, and Eva Shultz Tyson of Ada, OH.  They had her baptized when she was a baby in the Ada Methodist Church.  They preceded her in death.  On November 27, 1942, Joan was married to Jack F. Crist at the home of Rev. Davis in Van Wert, Ohio.  After 55 years of marriage, he preceded her in death on January 8, 1998.  

Sula Decker was born in Kentucky

Sula Decker, age 75, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 8:52 p.m. at Kenton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on June 24, 1946, in Magoffin County, Kentucky to the late Ernie and Goldie (Joseph) Mullins.  On December 31, 2001, Sula married William Irvin Decker, Sr. and he preceded her in death on December 9, 2018.

H.L. Mason worked for Sheller Globe

H.L. Mason, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 12:38 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System. 

He was born on February 18, 1934, in Pineville, Kentucky to the late Leonard F. and Mary (Money) Mason.  H.L. first married Alta Penland on August 28,1953 and she preceded him in death on May 11, 2002.  H.L. later married Anzlas “Faye” Inmon in June 2006; she survives in Ada.

H.L. retired from Sheller Globe, Superior Coach Division. He was a charter member of the LaFayette Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school superintendent, choir leader and Deacon.   

Janet A. Brown worked at Shawnee Manor

Janet A. Brown, age 68, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 3:43 PM at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. 

She was born on December 24, 1953, in Lima, Ohio to the late Frank Perkins and Norma Jean (Smith) Layne.   She was raised by her grandparents the late, Fred and Amanda Jane Perkins her entire life.

Janet was a certified nurse’s assistant at Shawnee Manor, Lima.  She attended the Independent Baptist Church, Cridersville. Janet’s passion was spending time with her family and grandchildren.  She loved her family dearly.  She was a loving and protecting mother, and a dear friend to many.  

Sam D. Nixon worked for Stoops Freightliner

Sam D. Nixon, age 51, passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born on September 20, 1970, in Lima, Ohio to the late Leo R. and Alice M. (Avery) Nixon.             

Sam is survived by a fiancé, Diana Schroeder of Lima; a brother, Walter (Penny) Nixon of Hamilton; and a sister, Retta (Tony) Spencer of Alger.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Thomas.

Sam previously worked as a parts salesman for Stoops Freightliner.   

Private family services will be held at a later date.

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