B. Elaine Anspaugh, 79, of Van Wet, passed away at 2:30 a.m., Friday, December 18, 2020 at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.
She was born on February 19, 1941, in Decatur, Indiana, the only daughter of the late Kenneth A. Springer and Reba Eva (Myers) Springer. On June 25, 1966, she married James H. Anspaugh who survives of Van Wert.
Other family survivors include her one daughter, Stephanie (Kenn) Keysor of Van Wert; two grandchildren, Dalton & Brenna Keysor; one brother, Ned A. Springer of Van Wert, three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Paris, Shirley Weir Nelson and Mary Pikulik all of Payson, AZ. Surviving nieces and nephews include: Dianna (Rick) Ashbaugh of Middle Point; Susan (Tim) Ries of Dryersburg, TN; Denise (Mike) Swick of Delphos; Sally (Kevin) Wannemacher of Payne; Ruth (Justin) Sinning of Crystal Beach, Fl, Gene (Debbie) Hill of Payson, AZ, Donnie Hudson of Mesa, AZ, Ronnie (Linda) Hudson of Chandler, AZ, Diane (Gary) Coleman of Payson, AZ, Richard Pierce of Ft. Wayne, IN, Robert (Becky) Pierce of St. Mary’s, OH, Rick (Becky) Pierce of Ohio City, Renee Maroney of Troy, MO, Rhonda (Moe) Gonzalez of Cottonwood, AZ, Kathy Farley of Mesa, AZ; and many great nieces and nephews.
Elaine was preceded in death by her sister-in-law Linda K. Springer on December 13, 2020.
Elaine was a 1959 graduate of Wren High School in Van Wert County. After graduation she attended the Taylor University, Upland, Indiana campus for her undergrad degree and then continued to Ball State University to get her masters degree in education. She began her teaching career at Lincolnview Local Schools as Miss Springer. Her family and career then moved her to Arizona where she taught for a few years before returning to Van Wert County taking a job teaching at the Crestview Local School District where she taught for over 30 years. She was a member of the Van Wert County Retired Teachers Association. Elaine attend First Baptist Church in Van Wert where she participated in many ladies bible studies. Elaine loved to sing, often singing at church on Sunday mornings. She also participated in many church choirs and special music events over the years. Elaine loved to do cross stitch and made countless hand stitched table clothes for family members over the years. She enjoyed playing games with her family and especially her grandkids. Elaine had a hear for the Lord and loved supporting missionaries. She would frequently write letters to keep in contact with them and would send them boxes full of goodies from home. Elaine and her husband Jim would often host missionaries and visiting pastors in their home. Over the years they had taken several trips abroad often meeting up with missionaries in the Mission Field when they traveled. Elaine loved to cook and bake and she and Jim would often host groups of people, some times for no other reason than just to eat and talk. Elaine will be missed by the many people who knew her and her unmistakable personality! She also will be greatly missed by her kids and grandkids, who become very close to her in the last several years. Her friends and family may rejoice in the knowledge that she is today in the presence of her Lord and Savior and rejoicing in his loving presence. Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home with Pastors Mike Donald and Kenneth Dady officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Adams County, Indiana. Calling hours are 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, December 29 at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to The First Baptist Church Missionary Fund or The Gideons International.
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