Glenna Meckstroth

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NEW KNOXVILLE - Glenna Mae Meckstroth (83) of rural New Knoxville, Ohio, died peacefully at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at her residence. She was born April 22, 1930 to (Oman) Bernard and Lena (Briggs) Davenport. Her mother died when she was 7 months old and her dad and brother moved in with her father's parents, Frank and Nora Davenport. On June 24, 1950, she married William A. Meckstroth, who preceded her in death.

Also surviving are children: Michael Meckstroth of New Knoxville; Steven (Renee') Meckstroth of Cleburne, TX; Nancy Meckstroth of New Knoxville and two grandchildren: Brian Humphreys of Ada and Heather (Todd) Riddick of South Carolina; a brother, Donald (Mary) Davenport, of Kossuth; as well as others who just called her "Mom." She was proceeded in death by a foster son, Robert Ralston.

She worked beside her husband, Bill for over 30 years in his business, Meckstroth Farm Service. After graduating from Buckland High School in 1948, she studied music at Wittenburg University and was a church organist for over 60 years. She sang in the Lima Symphony Chorus as well as her church choir. She was also an author, publishing "Tales From Great-Grandpa's Trunk, A Lighthearted look at Rural Life," "Surviving World War II, Tales of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times," and "Giggle and Grins." The World War II book received the Oliver Hazard Perry award from the Ohio Genealogical Society, as well as an award from the Center for Archival Collections. An article about the Civil War service of a relative was also selected to be published in a journal by the Ohio Historical Society. She was a member of the Buckland, New Knoxville, and Auglaize County Historical Societies.

She was active in 4-H as youth and was an adviser for 25 years. She was an active member of the Lima Baptist Temple and the Masterbuilders class. She also sewed for the church's missionary cupboard and other projects. She, along with her husband, were Jefferson Award winners, recognizing their service as volunteers in the Auglaize County Jail where she visited for nearly 15 years representing the Gideons.

Arrangements are being handled by the Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home, S.R. 501, Wapakoneta. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home; and from 10:00 until the start of funeral services (11:00) Saturday at the Lima Baptist Temple, where Rev. Gary Hohman will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Pilger Ruhe Cemetery near New Knoxville.

Preferred memorials can be made to the Gideons International.

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Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home
1102 Lincoln Ave.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
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Published in The Lima News from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, 2013
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