Annis Faye Lepper died at 5:44 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Blanchard Valley Health System Hospital in Findlay, Ohio.
She was born Jan. 18, 1947, in Fork Ridge, Tenn., the daughter of Clyde and Roxie Hammitte who are both deceased.
is survived by a daughter, Kim Sturgeon; sons: Paul (Linda) Lepper,
John “JP” Lepper and Brady Sturgeon - who was like a son to her;
grandchildren: Zachary Sturgeon, Shaun Sturgeon, Dillin Sturgeon,
Anthony Lepper, Rachel Lepper, Alexis Lepper, Alex Lepper, Bryan White,
and great-grandchild: Brady Allen Sturgeon. She is also survived by many
aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul N. Lepper, and sisters, Jerlene Adkins and Charlene Shepherd.
had been a spray painter at the Lima Army Tank Plant and presently was
employed at the Marsh Foundation as a family teacher and foster care
Faye was a warm, caring, generous, selfless person who
always put others needs above her own. She put those wonderful qualities
to use in 1996 when she left the Lima Army Tank Plant to become a
foster care provider for the SAFY organization. She continued her career
as a foster care provider by joining the Marsh Organization of Van
Wert, Ohio, in the year 2000. Originally she joined the staff of one of
the group homes at the Marsh Foundation as a family teacher. Soon after
she began running the independent living program at the foundation; the
goal was to provide the children in her care with the tools they needed
to become responsible, successful, independent adults once they left the
foster care system and went out on their own. Faye treated and cared
for each and every child as if they were her own, all the while being
there for her own children and grandchildren whenever they needed
anything, anything at all.
She was a generous woman who worked
tirelessly to make sure that the needs of each and every person she
cared about were met. She was always purchasing furniture, clothing,
housewares, even groceries for the foster children as well as her own
family members in need, many times anticipating their needs before they
even thought to ask for assistance. She stayed in touch with the
children formerly in her care even after they became adults living out
on their own. While taking care of her own foster children, Faye also
provided respite care for other foster parents when they needed
Faye touched the lives of many and will be
sorely missed by her family, the children and staff at the Marsh
Foundation, and many throughout the community.
services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Trinity
Friends Church in Van Wert with the Rev. Stephen Savage officiating.
Following the service there will be a luncheon reception for family and
friends at the Marsh Foundation school cafeteria.
The family desires memorial contributions be directed to the Marsh Foundation.
Condolences may be left on our website, www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.