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Celia Himes Elliott, 93, of Centerville, Ohio, widow of Nevin Elliott, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Born May 11, 1923, she was a member of a pioneer Centerville, Ohio, family and resided in Centerville for life. She was a member of the Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church, where she played the organ for 26 years. She graduated from the University of Dayton at age 62 after dropping out of college when World War II began. During World War II, she went to work for the Dayton Daily News as a reporter until she married and started a family. She was a frequent columnist for the Kettering Oakwood Times and the Dayton Daily News Mature Living section. She was honored in September 2016 by the Centerville-Washington Foundation for all her years of volunteer service to the city and township. She received the Gold Watch Award of the Senior Citizens of Greater Dayton in 1995, was named to Centerville High School’s Outstanding Alumna in 1996. She was elected to the Centerville Charter Commission in 1958 which drafted the city’s first charter. She was elected to the Centerville Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame. In 2009 she was recognized as a Writer Laureate by the Dayton Woman’s Literary Club—only the fourth member to gain this honor in the club’s 110-year history. She was a founding member of the Centerville-Washington History Society, president, and trustee emeritus. This organization was founded at a meeting in her living room in 1966 and has continued to grow for 50 years. She authored numerous local history books. Additionally, she was a member of the Centerville-Washington Township Library Board for 50 years and saw it grow from one small building to the best-in-class library it is today. She was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. She started as a young child attending games with her father at Crosley Field in the early 1930s. She continued to watch the Reds through the 2016 season and knew all about the players’ names and how they were performing. Survivors include two daughters, Susan Weber (Ray), Versailles, and Anne Platt (Steve), Shorewood, Minn.; four grandchildren, Matt Mullen (Danielle), Indiana, Laura Tanner (Jeff), Versailles, Andrew Rausch (Dawn), Minnesota, and Jonathan Rausch (Jamie), Ohio; 10 great-grandchildren; and three step-grandsons and their families. A memorial service was conducted Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church, Kettering, Ohio, followed by the burial at the Centerville, Ohio, cemetery. Tobias Funeral Home in Centerville, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of local arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church, 960 W. Dorothy Lane, Kettering, OH 45409, or the Centerville-Washington Historical Society, 89 West Franklin St., Centerville OH 45459, or a charity of one’s choice.

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