Beverly A. Offenberger (nee Dunbebin) "slipped the surly bonds of Earth" to "touch the face of God." on Thursday (March 6, 2014) at the Marietta Center after a long illness. She was born Jan. 20, 1937 in Barberton, Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Charlotte Wellspring Dunbebin.
As a child, her family moved to Marietta where she graduated from Marietta High School. She had worked for the Marietta School System in the 1970's. Upon attaining her CNA license she worked at the Marie Antoinette Pavillion then transferred to Harmar Place where she worked until her retirement. She was a Baptist by faith.
She led a quiet, simple life, enjoyed her friendships, liked to work word puzzles, read and dearly loved her two cats, Boo and Spot, her children, and was devoted to her two grandchildren, who returned that love to her in full measure.
She is survived by two children: David M. Offenberger of Marietta, with whom she made her home after her health issues began in 1988, and Larry E. Offenberger of Fleming, his wife Patty (Knight), and their children Jessica A. Offenberger of Marietta and Joshua N. Offenberger of Granville, Ohio. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Eugene, Ralph, Ronald and Paul Dunbebin.
The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Kenneth Leopold and staff for their care through the years, the nursing staff and doctors of the ER at Marietta Memorial Hospital, the nurses at MMH who showed such tender care during her hospitalizations, Dr. Steven Parmer and the staff of the Wound Center at MMH, the Home Health Nurses from Amedisys (especially Kathy Lucas), the nursing staff at The Center on Bartlett St. and the Hospice team of Marietta Home Health and Hospice - Barb, Nancy, Kathy, Carrie, Ruth, Vicky who all helped her and her family prepare for her transition to God's Kingdom with comfort and dignity - with a special thank you to Chaplain Bob Sinnett of Hospice for his spiritual aide to their mother and the guidance he gave us at the time of her passing.
A very special thank-you to our father, step-mother, (and grandparents) Harold and Margie Offenberger of Williamstown for their love, concern, prayers and support during her many illnesses, Our brother and sister Jay Offenberger of Williamstown and Laura Offenberger Perry of Huntington and their families for all the support and love they give us. Thanks also to Rev. Glenn Perry and the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Williamstown for the prayers, well wishes and strength during this time of need.
There will be no visitation. Per her request her body will be cremated. A private memorial service will be held at a later date for family and invited friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Beverly's name, to Marietta Home Health and Hospice, 450 Pike St., Suite I1, Marietta 45750.
Hadley Funeral Home is in charge of the cremation and arrangements, and online condolences may be made at www.hadleyfh.com.