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JOYCE ANNETTE STAUFFER, 62, of Columbus, formerly of Kenton, died Feb. 16, 2005, at her residence, following a lengthy illness with ovarian cancer.

She was born Nov. 7, 1942, in Lima to Warren and Audrey Stauffer, who preceded her in death. Her life partner, Ethell Drake, survives.

Ms. Stauffer was a Navy veteran. While stationed at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, she was the first female sports editor for the U.S. Navy Tidewater Dope Sheet Newspaper. She returned to Ohio where she worked in real estate and insurance. She also was a cardio-pulmonary respiratory technician at Mount Carmel Medical Center West, for 22 years. She loved sports and remained a loyal fan of the Cleveland Indians and Browns, but The Ohio Sate University Buckeyes football team remained number one in her heart. She attended Kenton City Schools and was a graduate of Columbus State College. She was an advocate for animals, especially dogs and cats. She sheltered many strays over the years. If she couldn't keep one for whatever reason, she would find a good home for it.

Survivors include her pets, Whiskers, Bailey and Jazz; two brothers, Jack (Shirley) Stauffer and Gary (Kay) Stauffer, both of Kenton; a sister, Jan Stauffer of Worthington; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles; and special friends, James Ging, Jim Organ, Geri Freeman and Margy Windsor. Over the last eight years, she had many friends among the health care community, including MCMC, the Home Health Division, St. Ann's and the James Cancer Center.

Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Schoedinger North Chapel, Columbus. Burial will be in Kingwood Memorial Park.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Court, Hilliard, OH 43026.

Go Bucks!

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