Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Gloria Sue Lafferty Hohlbein, 77, of Elida, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
She was born in Eastern, Ky., on Aug. 16, 1936, to the late Rhomer and Ada Bradley Osborne. She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Romie Gene (Mary) Osborne, Billy J. (Sue) Osborne, Johnny M. Osborne and Hershel D. Osborne; and a sister, Valetta M. (Donald) Halbert.
She married Bradis Lafferty on May 4, 1952, and he passed away May 25, 1992. She then married Richard Hohlbein on May 25, 1994, and he survives in Elida, along with two sons, Phillip D. Lafferty of Lancaster and Stephen B. (Stephanie) Lafferty of Indian Lake; four stepchildren, Carol (Tim) Marshall and Craig (Tina) Hohlbein, both of Lima, Joyce (Darrin) Dunlap of Harrod and Darrin (Tracy) Hohlbein of Elida; three grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nine great-stepgrandchildren; her siblings, Judy (Billy) Barnett of Martin, Ky., and Cecil R. Osborne of Nashville, Tenn.; and in-laws, Sally Osborne of Eastern, Ky., and Karen Osborne of Prestonburg, Ky.
A homemaker, she was a member of Lima Baptist Temple since 1963. She loved spending her winters in Florida and enjoyed swimming and dancing, spending times with her family and friends.
She was always smiling and had a wonderful magnetic personality. She brought a little sunshine to all who knew her.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, June 25, at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, Lima, and one hour prior to the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at Lima Baptist Temple, with the Rev. Gary Hohman officiating. She will then be taken to the Hall Brothers Funeral Home in Martin, Ky., for a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, with Rev. Roy Harlow officiating, with visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Hall Brothers Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Burial follows in Osborne Cemetery in Eastern, Ky.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Stephanie Spielman Foundation in care of Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, 300 W. 10th Ave., Columbus 43210.
Condolences may be expressed at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com.