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Stephanie L. Patton

June 15, 1973 - December 9, 2018

Burial Date December 17, 2018

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Stephanie Patton, 45, of Lima passed away in the evening on Sunday, December 9, 2018.

She was born June 15, 1973 in Lima to Linda R. Patton and the late Ronald G. Patton.

Stephanie was a teacher, an avid reader and a lifelong student. She graduated with honors from Shawnee High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the Ohio State University, where she was President of the History Club and Student Senate, Dean’s list, and received the Violet I. Meek Student Leadership Award. She earned a Master of Library Science and Information degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She pursued a Master of Arts degree in History from Miami University, and was a PhD candidate at Bowling Green State University, in American Culture Studies. She was an Adjunct Instructor of American History at Rhodes State College.

Stephanie was active in her community and an advocate for local, educational, and community non-profits. She worked and volunteered at the Allen County Museum and Historical Society, Children’s Garden, and was a Homebound Delivery volunteer with Lima Public Library. She was a member of the Ohio Museums Association, Society of Ohio Archivists, Society of American Archivists, American Folklore Society, American Historical Association, American Library Association. Stephanie was a skilled sleuth and trained genealogist, and candidate for DAR membership.

Stephanie loved her garden. She was a Master Gardener Volunteer with the Allen County Master Gardeners and looked forward to planting season each year. Despite knowing she would face the inevitable disappointment and frustration of Ohio spring snow and ice storms, Stephanie awaited each planting season with excitement and spent the winter months planning for spring. Every summer, Stephanie enjoyed participating in the Greatest International Scavenge Hunt, where she contributed to her team’s success by creating beautiful works of art or fashion using only food items, recycled outdated technologies such as VHS, and donating books to libraries and schools. In the fall Stephanie cheered on The Ohio State Buckeyes football team and provided her own color commentary on social media during the games, which was usually more accurate, and always more entertaining, than the commentary of the actual game announcers.

Stephanie loved all animals but had a particular affinity for dogs. She trained her dogs Mikey and Tessie to assist her around the house, including retrieving her slippers and other household items. She also dearly loved her dog Ducky, despite his complete uselessness beyond providing her with unconditional love and affection.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Patton; her grandparents, Richard and Betty Hoffmann, and George and Marjorie Patton; her aunts Doris (Russell) Frank, and Deborah (Larry) Foster; and her uncle, Thomas Hoffmann.

Above all, Stephanie was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. Survivors include: her mother, Linda Patton of Lima, and her sister, Elizabeth Patton of Columbus, Ohio. She is also survived by uncles John (Terri) Hoffmann of Woodburn, Oregon; Matthew (Sheila) Hoffmann of Columbus, Ohio; and Larry Foster of Findlay; and aunt, Nancy (Tom) Hoffmann of Bedford, Ohio; cousins Angela (Tod) Simpson of Lima; Meredith Foster of Lima; Traci Kitchen of Columbus, Ohio; Gary (Mary) Kerslake of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; Kelly Phillips of Columbus, Ohio; Katherine (Edward) Anderson of Santa Barbara, California; Abigail (David) Karam of Peninsula, Ohio; Zachary Hoffmann of Bedford, Ohio, and Mark (Emily) Hoffmann of Portland, Oregon; and cousins Chaz Foster, Monet Whirl, Bryanna Simpson, Tylyn Simpson, Ethan James, Marvin Phillips, Elijah Karam, Magnolia Karam, Parker Hoffmann, Amia Logan, Bennett Dukes, Elin Anderson, and Marlee Dukes.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 17, 2018 at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES – SHAWNEE CHAPEL with Rev. Megan Croy to officiate the service. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery following the service.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.


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