Elizabeth I. Blevins, 88, of Defiance, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at her residence in Defiance.

She was born on June 18, 1930, to Nathan and Retha (Bush) Osborne in Dungannon, VA. On Sept. 13, 1947, she married Emmett D. Blevins, who preceded her in death on June 17, 2009.

Liz was a member of  St. John Lutheran Church, and was active in the Ladies Aid. She was a life member of the American Legion and VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was active in the Republican Women of Defiance County, and was a food editor for the Bungalow Bugle. Liz was a Den Mother for Boy Scout Troop #75, and she enjoyed her involvement with her pinochle club for over 60 years. Liz was a devoted wife and mother, and spending time with her family was always her priority.

Liz will be greatly missed by her children; Roger (Myra) Blevins of Jamestown, TN, Michael (Cindy) Blevins of Defiance, Deb (John) Hathaway of Greenville, and Rita (Chuck) Gehring of Defiance. She was a proud grandmother to seven grandchildren; Todd (Penny) Blevins, Katie (Greg) Schatz, Brian (Audrey) Hathaway, Matthew (Kristal) Alford, Chrissy Gehring, Jaime (Travis Burton) Hathaway, and Cassy Gehring, great-grandchildren: Nathan Blevins, Laken Herring, Naomi Hathaway, Greyson and Romy Schatz, Johnathan and Lydia Heeter, Landon Burton, Emmett and Gabriel Alford, Justice Kramer, Jasiah Gehring, Jontavion Thompson, Jamisen Gehring, and Alexis Martinez, and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Blevins; brother Charles Osborne, grandson Cory Blevins, and great-granddaughter Sarah Heeter.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at St. John Lutheran Church, with Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church, or CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center. Online condolences can be given at

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