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Emily Anne Benson Deacon

February 10, 1923 November 10, 2009
Emily Anne Benson Deacon
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Emily Anne Benson Deacon, age 86, of Eaton, OH passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at Vancrest of Eaton. She was born February 10, 1923, in Nevada, OH to the late Edward and Alice (Kuenzli) Benson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Robert Benson, and great grandson, Jacob. Emily was a graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in Home Economics, where she was a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society. She began her career as an Extension Agent in Darke County where she met her future husband, Dr. Howard Deacon. Following their marriage, Emily helped manage Howard’s veterinary practice and the family household. She served as the president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary in 1959. Emily later completed a Master of Library Science degree at Miami University and served as the Eaton High School librarian until her retirement in 1992. She was an active member of the Eaton United Church of Christ and its choir for many years. Emily was a retired member of Omicron Sigma Sorority, a past member of the Preble County District Library Board, and a member of the Eaton College Club. She was an inspirational 50-year survivor of breast cancer. Emily is survived by her husband of 63 years, Howard, daughter Christine Deacon of Eaton, sons and daughters-in-law Philip and Cris Deacon of Eaton, Thomas and Naomi Deacon of California, and Bradley and Jill Deacon of Arizona; grandchildren Bryan Deacon, Andrea (husband Kyle) Kolopanis, Carrie (husband Eric) Laspe, Nicole Deacon, William Deacon, Sean Deacon, Hannah Deacon and Kyle Deacon; and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 14, 2009, at the Eaton United Church of Christ, 113 West Decatur Street, Eaton, OH with Rev. Roger Stine and Rev. Jim Sizelove officiating. Following the service and in keeping with Emily’s spirit of friendship, the Church and family invite friends to a luncheon in the Church Fellowship Hall. The family will receive friends from 4 – 8 P.M. on Friday, November 13, 2009, at the Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home, 226 West Main Street, Eaton, OH and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the Church. Interment will be at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Eaton United Church of Christ Music Fund or to the Eaton Community Schools, 312 North Barron Street, Eaton, OH 45320 for use in the high school library. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting

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