Eldiva M. “Devey” Medford
Eldiva M. “Devey” Medford

VAN WERT — Eldiva M. “Devey” Medford, 90, of Van Wert, died at 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center after a short illness.

Eldiva was born on Dec. 19, 1926, in Latty, to the late Ray and Goldie (Merriman) Griffis.

On June 26, 1943, she married Clarence “Jimmy” Medford at Camp Pickett, Virginia. They enjoyed 46 years of marriage before he died on July 11, 1989.


Survivors include a daughter, Sharon A. Clouse, and a son, Michael J. (Julie) Medford, both of Van Wert; two grandsons, Nathan (Katie) Clouse of Christiansburg, Virginia, and Andrew Medford of Van Wert; one great-granddaughter, Cora Rose Clouse; a sister, Imogene Leonard of Midland, Michigan; and a brother, Robert (Shirley) Griffis of Horton, Michigan.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Griffis of Horton and Donald Griffis of Jerome, Michigan.

Mrs. Medford was retired from the Van Wert County Auditor’s Office after 32 years. She was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.

Calling hours are Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m., and one hour prior to services on Monday all at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center or Calvary Evangelical Church.