A Difficult Loss
While this has been a year of rejoicing for our nation, we at Birthright have suffered a terrible loss. One of our volunteers, Kim Maish, who was a former client, passed away after succumbing to cancer. Please keep Kim’s family in your prayers. Kim was very young and leaves behind her husband and three children. If you’d like to learn more about her, you can view her obituary here.
A heart-felt THANK YOU to the Renaissance Club from National Trail School! They changed out the summer clothing for the winter. They also cleaned, swept and vacuumed all the floors. They were a remarkable group of young people.
It is with a heavy heart that we share of the passing of Bob Walsh. Bob was instrumental in starting Birthright of Eaton more than 20 years ago. We are grateful to Bob for his leadership, compassion for the pre-born and their mothers, and resolve to make a difference in his community. You will be greatly missed Mr. Walsh.
Healing Hearts is a confidential group for those who have suffered loss due to miscarriage. Healing Hearts offers a safe and understanding environment in which to listen and share with others who have walked the same path. Our stories may be different, but our emotions are the same. Together we can heal hearts one at a time.
Healing Hearts begins Monday, September 13, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The group is free, but registration is required. Call or text Tamara at (937) 733-7743.
A Rose Among Ashes is starting a new ABORTION RECOVERY GROUP. The group will begin Tuesday, August 3, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and will meet for 9 weeks.
For more information about the class, materials and location, contact Tamara at (937) 733-7743.
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform you that on Sunday evening, surrounded by friends and family, Russell Robert, Melanie’s husband went home to be with his Lord. The obituary can be viewed at rlcfc.com. There is visitation on Tuesday December 1 from 3-6 p.m. at the Castine Church.
In loving memory of
DAVID LEROY LEWIS
1946 – 2020
SOMERVILLE, OH – Lewis, David, 74, of Somerville, OH passed away peacefully at 6:03 p.m. on November 2, 2020 at Kettering Medical Center. He was born on July 31, 1946 in Dayton, OH to Leroy and Hazel (Conover) Lewis. He was raised in Shoals, IN and was a 1965 graduate of Shoals High School. After graduation, he went into the United States Air Force and retired after 21 years of service to his country. He served in different positions and ended his career as a contractor at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, where some considered him a “legend.” He was a devoted Christian and attended Eaton Pike Pentecostal Church in Richmond, IN. David spent many years teaching Sunday School and serving as an elder. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, auctions, and garage sales.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Karen Lewis; mother, Hazel Lewis of Shoals, IN; children, Dawn (Jim) Knepshield of Greenville, OH, Don (Rosey) Dunn of Richmond, IN, Becky (Joe) Diekmann of Granite City, IL, and Lori (Dan) Holmes of Eaton, OH; 15 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. David is also survived by his brothers, Daniel, Ernie, and Martin Lewis and sisters, Marianne Burgan, Cynthia Carrithers, and Melissa Jones all of Shoals, IN. David is preceded in death by his father, Leroy Lewis and son, David Lewis Jr.
Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2020 at Poasttown First Church of God, 6376 Germantown Rd., Middletown, OH 45042. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Randy Stevens officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park. Flowers may be delivered to the church on Friday between 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Legion. For additional information and to view David’s online video tribute, please visit www.churchfuneralsdirect.com.
Read our June 2020 Newsletter
Marjorie Mae Schmitz Walsh, age 78, of Eaton, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Hospice of Dayton. She was born March 31, 1941 in Dayton to the late Nazaire and Eleanor (Werr) Vincent. She was a member of the Visitation Catholic Church in Eaton, where she served on the bereavement committee and was also a member of St. Anne’s Sodality. She farmed with her first husband Jerry for many years; and was a 4-H advisor for the High Hooves Pony Club OH. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed writing; and sewing quilts. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband Peter J. “Jerry” Schmitz; one sister and three brothers. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen Anspaugh of Eaton; son William (Rosa) Schmitz of Los Alamos, NM; son Patrick Schmitz of West Alexandria; daughter Madeline (Andy) Monnig of Miamisburg; daughter Jeanette Schmitz (fiancé Andy Geeting) of Florida; husband Robert Walsh of Eaton; grandchildren: Blake, Alicia, Katie and Anna Marie Anspaugh, Ana and Luisa Schmitz, and Thomas and Caroline Monnig; one brother and six sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Visitation Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Birthright of Eaton, Eaton Area Community Chorus or charity of donor’s choice. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting gsbfuneralhome.com.
On Sunday, February 9, the Birthright family lost one of our own. Kathy Overbey was very suddenly taken from us, and our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Jim and the family as they navigate this very difficult time in their lives.
Kathy came to Birthright in 2009. She volunteered because “God is calling me to do this.”
Kathy was quick to help, kind, gracious and gentle. On more than one occasion she filled in for extended times until a more permanent volunteer could be found. She was affirming and encouraging to all. She will be greatly missed.
Instead of a White Elephant gift exchange, the Eaton Community Church BASICS small group held an auction of items that group members were ready to part with but that others wanted. The bidding was intense, and at the end of the night, funds were raised and split between two non-profits, Birthright was one of the recipients. What a creative way to have some fun and benefit your favorite charity! Thanks to the BASICS group for your generous donation.
Thank you to Eaton Community Church for sharing some of the proceeds from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe with us in November. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Thank you to all who helped us celebrate at our 20th Anniversary Banquet on October 5, 2019:
Pizza Party! Junior and senior high school students joined us for a pizza party on September 25:
Thanks to Crossway Church in Eaton for hosting a baby shower for Birthright on September 23. We very much appreciate your support.
The National Trails Volleyball Team dropped by on September 11, 2019 to help us sort clothes and organize our closets. Thanks!
A huge thanks to all who helped with the remodel this summer. Our new updated kitchen will allow us to serve so many more people. Take a look at the before/after photos below:
Farmersville First Baptist Church hosted a baby shower for Birthright on
Monday, August 12, 2019. Here are some photos:
Gospel Light Baptist Church of Eaton hosted a baby shower for Birthright on Monday, April 15, 2019. Here are some photos:
Thank you so much for your loving hearts and generous gifts!
In theaters March, 2019
Community Christian Church hosted a baby shower for Birthright on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Friends from First Baptist of West Alexandria joined them. Here are some photos:
Here are some photos from a January baby shower hosted by Church of Christ in Eaton:
The large box at the front is a sample of a layette, which we provide for all our moms at Birthright.