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Obituaries and Death Notices

Ida Clay
Mendon - Funeral services were held at the Anderson Bethel Church of God on Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Ida Clay, 74, who died at a Lima hospital on Friday following surgery. Surviving are the husband, two sons, two sisters, 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Burial in Frysinger cemetery.
[Lima News Mar 18, 1940]

LaDonna Coby
CELINA - Mrs. LaDonna Coby, 42, was dead on arrival at 4:15 p.m. Monday at Lima Memorial Hospital. Surviving are her husband, Wayne; a son, Stephen of here; B daughter, Mrs. Kirk (Angela) Williams of here; and a grand-son. Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church, Rev. Louis Osterhape celebrant. Burial will be in Mercer Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the W. H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home from 2 to 5 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
[Lima News Dec 4, 1973]

Harlan Colson
Celina, May 19; Harlan Colson, five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Colson of W. Logan St., died at the Otis Memorial Hospital from Lockjaw from which he suffered four days. Two Weeks ago while at play he fell on a board and ran a rusty nail in to his left knee. About a week later Lockjaw developed and the child was taken to Otis Memorial Hospital where serum treatment was administered but to no avail. Funeral today at the Christian Church in Montezuma. Burial in the Ellis Cemetery.
[The Lima News May 29, 1925 - Sub. by Norita Moss]

James Colson
A Boiler Explosion Causes The Death of James Colson
James Colson, of Montezuma was fatally injured by a boiler exploding on the boat used to convey supplies to the Manhattan Oil Company, who are drilling in the reservoir. The accident occurred Saturday morning at 11:30 o'clock at the landing on the west shore. The boat was ready to start across the wells with supplies and there were seven men on board including the owner, E. E. Stafford of Montezuma. Just what caused the explosion will never be known exactly, but it came with such terrific force that the boiler was blown across the bank and the boat was entirely demolished. The entire crew was hurled into the water but the unfortunate engineer born the brunt of the calamity. He was picked up a mass of bruised and quivering flesh with a thousand gaping wounds on his face and body. He was brought to Wintermute & Hattery's office but his injuries were beyond all human aid and from there he was taken home, where death soon relieved him from the awful agony of which he was fully conscious to the last. He leaves a wife and six children, two of the oldest of whom are married.
The wreck was viewed by hundreds of people on Sunday and it was a matter of wonder that any should have escaped injury. Two teams were passing along the bank at the time but by some freak accident the boiler passed between them when the explosion occurred and lodged out of harms way on the side of the road.
Much sympathy has been expressed for the victim of the accident and for the family who have been deprived of the much needed support of the husband and father. The Celina Daily Standard, Sept. 16, 1894 Celina, Ohio
James Colson
Birth: 16 Nov. 1849 in Howard Co., IN
Death: 12 Sep. 1894 in Montezuma, Mercer Co., Ohio
Burial: Ellis Cemetery, Montezuma, Mercer Co., Ohio
Father: John R. Colson, b. 1823, KY
Mother: Fanny, b. 1830, TN
Marriage 1: Mary Magdalene Pitsenbarger, b. 4 Jan. 1847 in Patterson Twp., Darke Co., Ohio
Married on 27 Jan. 1873 in Clinton Co., IN
Hazel Colson
Virginia Mae Colson, b. 1874
Jennie Francis Colson, b. 1876
Minnie Ellen Colson, b. 1879
James Henry Colson, b. 26 Sep. 1881, Coldwater, Mercer Co., Ohio
Plezzie Nevada Colson, b. 24 Jul. 1884, Ohio
William Manton Colson, b. 24 May 1888, Ohio
Frank Allen Colson, b. 11 Apr. 1890, Cranberry Prairie, Mercer Co., Ohio
NOTE SOURCES: Evelyn Colson of Celina, Mercer Co., Ohio files on James Colson and Mary Magdalene Pitsenbarger Family and their connection with our great-grandfather Nathaniel Shepherd and his wife Vinnie Colson, which she shared with me to put on this website before her death. She gave us many leads which we have added, also. ~ Norita Shepherd Moss.

Margaret Y. Coil
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: Oct. 20, 1922, in South Bend, Ind., to Maurice and Anna (Sparks) Jones
Married: Elmer R. Coil, for 46 years
Occupation: retired medical secretary in Blue Island, Ill.
Died: April 4, 2001 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys
Survived by: 2 sons; 1 daughter; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren
Burial: Hurricane Cemetery, Cadiz, Ky
[The Daily Standard, Apr 6, 2001]

Mary Magdalene Colson

Mary Magdalene Colson
Mrs. Mary Magdalene Colson, daughter of Henry and Jenny (Davidson) Pittsenbarger, born Jan. 4, 1847 in Darke County, Ohio, died Oct. 31, 1919, aged 72 years, 9 months, 28 days.
She was united in marriage Jan. 27, 1873 to James Colson. To this happy union seven children were born.
The husband and two children preceded her in death. She is survived by five children: Mrs. Minnie Springer, of Celina; Mrs. Plezzie Preston, of Montezuma; James, William and Frank of Montezuma. She also leaves two brothers, four sisters, 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Colson accepted her Savior early in life, united with the Methodist Episcopal church in 1896. Later she united with the Church of Christ and according to the Master's teaching was buried with him in baptism.
She was a devoted Christian, a tender loving mother, with unfaltering faith in her Savior in the hour of Death; she was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Mary Magdalene Pitsenbarger

Father: Henry Pitsenbarger, b. 28 May 1810, Green Co., TN
Mother: Jane "Jenny" Davidson, b. 10 Aug. 1820, Warren Co., Ohio
Marriage 1: James R. Coulson, b. 16 Nov. 1849, Howard Co., IN
NOTE Sources: E-mail from Mike S. to Norita Shepherd Moss on Maggie Colson on 3/2/2003
Found some tidbits on Maggie Colson in the census:
In 1900 she is in Montezuma with James, Jr.; William; Plezie and Frank.
In 1910 she is still there with James, William, Frank and Maggie Shepherd (her granddaughter from Vinnie Colson and Nathaniel Shepherd)
In the 1900 census, James, Jr. is listed as being born in Indiana. In 1910 she is listed as Maggie Colston.
(All notes contributed by Maggie Shepherd Moss)
[Unknown Newspaper, possibly The Celina Daily Banner, Nov. 1919]
Buried in Ellis Cemetery, Montezuma, OH --
Click here to see her grave stone

Rev. Ralph W. Corbin
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: Jan. 13, 1918, in Wharton, to Curtis and Grace (Wise) Corbin
Married: Kathryn Eileen Wehrle for 42 years; Deloris Hudson for 15 years
Occupation: retired minister
Died: April 4, 2001 Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert
Survived by: wife; 2 sons; 1 daughter; 3 step-sons; 4 step-daughters; 1 brother; 1 sister; 10 grandchildren; 40 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 36 step-great-grandchildren
Burial: Wharton Cemetery
[The Daily Standard, Apr 5, 2001]

James Crider
Ft. Recovery - James Crider, 75, living south of town, is dead, his death being due to a general breakdown. He leaves a wife, three daughters and two sons. Funeral services will be held at Lisbon church.
[Lima Daily News, July 9, 1915]

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