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313 Center St.
ASHLAND, OH 44805
Phone: 419-281-2566, 1-800-430-2566
Fax: 419-281-4411
Laura Mae Riffle

Laura Mae Riffle

Friday, March 8th, 1918 - Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
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Laura Mae Riffle, 100

Laura Mae Riffle, 100 of Ashland passed away, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in Lutheran Village.

She was born on March 8, 1918 in Braxton County, West Virginia to the late Guy E. and Ocie Mae (nee Perkins) Hudkins.

Following high school, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree of Education from Ashland College.
She married the love of her life, Hayward Paul Riffle on January 2, 1945.

Laura Mae began her teaching career in a one room school house teaching eight grades in West Virginia. She retired after more than 25 years from Mapleton Local Schools, where she was an elementary school teacher at Ruggles-Troy. Throughout her tenure, Laura Mae was awarded teacher of the year.

She was a devoted member of Park Street Brethren Church, where she was a Titus woman for M.O.P.S. Laura Mae remained very active throughout her life. She loved to flower garden and was an enthusiastic pen pal with many friends. Laura Mae was honored as an Ashland Woman of Achievement.

Laura Mae is survived by two daughters, Andrea (George T. “Tom”) Atwood of Cleveland Heights and Celia Rogers of Canton; one sister, Beth Simes of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; three nephews, Mark (Holly) Simes of Cincinnati, Kim Satterfield of Vienna, West Virginia, and Jan Satterfield of Roswell, Georgia; and several extended members of the family.

In addition to her parents, Laura Mae is preceded in death by her husband, Hayward Paul Riffle who passed away in 1984; one son, Darrell Riffle in 1965; and a sister, Eunice Satterfield in 1979.

Funeral services will be Monday, February 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with Reverend Nate Bebout and Brother Harry Finkbone officiating. A meal and time of fellowship will follow the service in the Legacy Room of the funeral home. Interment will be in Nova Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Park Street Brethren Church, 619 Park Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805 or to Nova Community United Methodist Church, 257 State Route 511, Nova, Ohio 44859.

Online condolences may be shared on the funeral home’s website at denbowfh.com.

Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    Address
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Funeral Services

    Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, February 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    Address
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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    Officiant
    Reverend Nate Bebout
    Co-Celebrant
    Br. Harry N. Finkbone
  • Interment

    Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    When
    Monday, February 25th, 2019 2:30pm
    Location
    Nova Cemetery
    Address
    511 North
    NOVA, OH
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Sharon Young

Posted at 01:48am
Andrea and Celia, You are in my thoughts. I so loved your mother and some of my most cherished times in Ohio were going to visit her when she lived on College Ave and then at Lutheran Care Village. It meant so much to me Celia when you sent me the envelope that she had written to me just days before she died. I always loved the poems she wrote and in the letter I sent to her unfortunately after she had passed, about the wonderful one she wrote about turning 101 years old. It is going to take a while for it to sink in that she is no longer living at Lutheran Care Village. On many visits with her we would talk about Darrell. She had a picture of him I think in a baseball uniform that was taken shortly before he died and she would recall those days and weeks before the accident. She loved talking about "her little boy." When Gay Kennelly Snell wrote to me about your Mom's passing the first thing I thought about was she went to sleep on this earth and woke up in heaven a whole person with all her physical restrictions lifted from her and she was reunited with her parents, your Dad and her son that she had not seen in almost 54 years. I can't imagine a more wonderful way to celebrate your 101st birthday than with those loved ones again. I was also thrilled to see a condolence from Mrs. Franz. She was my 4th grade teacher and Mrs. Denbow was my 5th and 6th grade teacher. Mrs. Franz was very tall and beautiful. She reminded me of Inger Stevens. She probably does not remember me but I remember those years in elementary school at Ruggles-Troy. Your Mom always got along and liked all the teachers she encountered during her teaching years. She had a kind heart and gentle soul. She will be missed but I will always have the happy memories I made with her on those visits. I will cherish the last letter you sent me. God bless both of you in the days and weeks ahead. Sharon
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Wilma Franz

Posted at 04:46pm
Celia and Andrea---I wish I could write you a personal note. I taught with your mom and we stayed in touch through the years. The last couple years, she'd write often, sometimes very funny letters. She always mentioned you girls and how devoted she was to you. She'd send lists of various things, things she was thankful for, things she had done. She always mentioned the Lord in her life, She was so upbeat. I thank God for having known her. I actually sent her a birthday card. I received a note from Pat Denbow telling me of her passing.. I will miss her, but rejoice in knowing she is at Home with her Lord and Saviour. May He give you comfort and peace. Wilma Franz
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Sharon Clark

Posted at 06:37pm
Mrs Riffle was my all time favorite teacher. She was so awesome. I have such fond memories of her. My sympathies to her family. Sharon Smith Clark
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Cheryl

Posted at 03:18pm
Dear Andrea and Celia, What a wonderful lady and teacher your Mom was! I think we all have special memories of her even though we may not have always been the best kids or students at times. I remember her beautiful writing and the spelling tests she gave us. She encouraged reading and it’s something I still love to do. She was a special lady. With my deepest sympathy to you, Cheryl McBride Smith
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Charles R Clark

Posted at 05:18pm
So sorry to hear. Mrs Riffle was without a doubt the best teacher I ever had growing up in the third grade. I stopped by to see her few days after her 100th birthday. She remembered me and my brothers and sisters that was in her class. Very special lady that I will never forget.
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