IMOGENE L. BATTLES, age 91, of Piqua, passed away at 11:57 A.M. on Sunday September 10, 2017, at UVMC -Hospice Unit of Miami County. She was born in Lima, OH on May 15, 1926 to the late Raymond and Gladys (Mewhorter) McPheron. On February 6, 1946 in Lima, she married Harold A. Battles. He preceded her in death on 12-26-2013.
Imogene is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: David A. and Patricia Battles, Flushing, MI; three daughters and sons-in-law: Sharon and John Goonan, Cambridge, OH, Diana and David Harshbarger, Greenville, and Pamela and Paul Miller, Piqua; one brother: Richard McPheron, Lima, OH; one sister: Henrietta Rutledge, Lima, OH; twelve grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son: Jeffery E. Battles; one grandson: Alan E. Harshbarger; one granddaughter: Trisha A. Goonan; three brothers: Robert McPheron, Carl McPheron and James McPheron; and one sister: Helen Brown.
Mom (Jean) Battles- What a Character -91, feisty, and a sharp mind. First and foremost, she loved her family, and they all loved her back. She was giving, caring, fun and loving. She prided herself in helping others, always putting someone else’s needs before her own. Imogene graduated from Lima Central High School, Lima, OH. She worked as a Coil Inserter for Westinghouse and as a waitress at various restaurants. She was a volunteer at Salvation Army in Lima, A former President of Piqua Fish and Game Auxiliary, former President of American Legion Auxiliary, former Vice President of VFW, Troy, Auxiliary, and member of Daughters of American Revolution. She enjoyed Bingo, Euchre, and was a vicious Noodle ball player at Garbry Ridge, where she resided her last 7 years. She would say, “I don’t know what I would do if there was no Garbry Ridge”. She loved living there. She helped other residents; loved them as family, and felt the same about the staff. She passed away very peacefully in the Hospice Unit at UVMC, surrounded by her family. As she was departing, she was told to “Dance with Dad, to ‘Elmer’s Tune’ (her favorite song). She has missed him since his death in 2013. They are now reunited, and peace is bestowed upon the family. She was a very ‘Special’ lady, to many people, and will be missed by all that knew her.
There will be a private family service at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by MELCHER-SOWERS FUNERAL HOME, Piqua.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County P.O. Box 502 Troy, OH or Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter 31 Whipp Road Dayton, OH 45459.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.
There will be a private family service at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by MELCHER-SOWERS FUNERAL HOME, Piqua. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County P.O. Box 502 Troy, OH or Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter 31 Whipp Road Dayton, OH 45459. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.