Elizabeth Jean Denlinger

December 18, 1931 ~ January 22, 2018 (age 86)

Elizabeth Jean Denlinger, the oldest daughter of Daniel and Edith Burns Bowman, was born December 18, 1931, at their home near Piqua, Ohio.  She answered the Master’s call and was baptized into the Old German Baptist Brethren Church on May 1, 1949, in the Covington district. On August 2, 1953, she was united in marriage with Charles Vernon Denlinger.  They lived their first 8 ½ years at Piqua, Ohio in Covington district, moving to Greenville, Ohio, residing in Oak Grove district in February, 1962.  Their home was blessed with 2 sons and 3 daughters.  They shared the joys and sorrows of life for 64 years.  The grandchildren have many fond memories of Grandma spending time with them.  Mom was caring, friendly, kind, and never met a stranger.  She was full of JOY: Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.  We didn’t once hear Mom complain about her illness.  She had a beautiful, peaceful passing on January 22, 2018, around 5 p.m. She is survived by her loving husband; 2 sons, Gerald and Veneta, and Eric and Marcia; and 3 daughters, Judith and Myrl Montgomery, Koneta and Steven Garber, and Carol and Tony Layman; 9 grandsons, 9 granddaughters, 34 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Phyllis Miller, June Metzger, and Nancy and David Sprenkel; and 1 brother, Harvey and Robyn Bowman; brother-in-law, Ronald Shellabarger; sister-in-law, Carol Bowman.  Surviving brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Marion and Mildred Denlinger, Donna and Jerry Williamson, Reta and Everett Lavy, Lena and Darrell Bower, Martha and Ralph Brubaker, and Tom Denlinger; along with many nephews, nieces, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parent; parents-in-law, 2 sisters, Lois and Henry Garber, and Mary Shellabarger; 1 brother, Albert Bowman; brothers-in-law, Wayne Miller, and Marvin Metzger; and sister-in-law, Judith (Judy) Denlinger.  Grandsons carried Grandma to her resting place at the Oakland Cemetery north of Gettysburg, Ohio.  We rejoice in the fact Mom can see once again, as she slipped into the arms of Jesus.  The family wishes to express their appreciation for all the prayers and loving support given to us from our family members, church family, neighbors, and friends through Mom’s illness and passing. 

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