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Doris Jean Custer

CHILLICOTHE: Doris Jean Custer, 83, of Chillicothe, died Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Isabelle A. (Hatcher) Richardson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Walter B. (Bud) Custer, of Chillicothe in July 1997; and her husband, Joe Johns, Jr., of Bellefontaine in July 1973.

After graduation from Bellefontaine High School, she was engaged in a variety of positions beyond the home as a Sears teletypist, Columbus Dispatch newspaper distributor, Bellefontaine Parks and Recreation Department's summer arts/crafts instructor, and then as minister's wife in the congregations where her husband, Walter, served in Degraff, Dayton and Waverly, Ohio. Doris was a Master Gardner and enjoyed her garden and flowerbeds. She also enjoyed anything she could make with her hands, the wildlife she was surrounded by, yard sales and antiques. She fed and gave shelter to abandoned cats in the area, at one time numbering fifteen. She was a member of Walnut Street United Methodist Church, and often attended Dry Run United Methodist Church. She was blessed with friendly and supportive neighbors and friends that provided care and companionship. For the last nine years, her beloved schnauzer dog, Pepper, was her constant companion.

She is survived by a son, Rev. Steven L. Johns-Boehme and his wife, Gratia, of Middletown, MD; daughter, Joni Johns Lerner and husband, Richard S. Lerner, of Redding, CT; granddaughters, Alizah Johns-Boehme of Middletown,MD and Zoe Johns-Boehme of Louisville, KY; a grandson, Isaac Lerner of Redding, CT.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 10, 2013 in the WARE FUNERAL HOME, 121 West Second Street, Chillicothe, Ohio from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Doris' wish was to be cremated and there will be a private family service for the cremains.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her name be directed to P-U-R-R fect Companions Cat Adoption Center, 80 N. Mulberry, Chillicothe, OH 45601.

You may sign her online register at

Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on Feb. 8, 2013
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