Catherine Roeberta "Bobbi; Birdie" Damon (Frantz), was called home on September 13, 2018. She had been a beloved resident at the Villa Camillus Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Columbia Station, Ohio for the past five years. Born on April 8, 1916, in Lorain, Ohio, she was the elder daughter of the late Emmett and Minnie Frantz of Canton, Ohio.
Roeberta is survived by her eldest son Bruce A. Shuman (Lola), of New Carlisle, Ohio; youngest son, Terry A. Shuman (Jo-Ann), of Medina, Ohio; step-daughters Betty McCauley of Canton, Ohio; Wanda Kennedy of Canton, Ohio; and step-son Fred Corns (Liz) of Louisville, Ohio. She also is survived by literally dozens of grandchildren, and step-grandchildren from all over Ohio. Also surviving her are fifteen great-grandchildren and at least an equal number of step-great-grandchildren, along with nieces and nephews too numerous to mention here. Roeberta is also survived by at least five great-great grandchildren.
Roeberta was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands: Floyd A. Shuman, Dean Davies, and her most recent husband of twelve years, David J. Damon, formerly of Hinckley, Ohio, and Cambridge, Ohio; her younger sister, Evelyn (Frantz) Gardner (Gene); and her daughter, Rhea A. (Shuman) Throckmorton (Robert). At over 102 years of age, she was the oldest known member of her lineage, made all the more remarkable by the fact that she nearly died at birth with a forceps delivery brain trauma, with ensuing infantile seizure activity and life-long cerebral palsy. Roeberta was extremely proud of many things in her exceptionally long life, headed especially by her family members, but it gave her great pleasure to let others know that, until her nursing home placement, she had never before in her life ever been provided with a single dime of government assistance money, even though she qualified for such support throughout her lifetime.
Roeberta was a devout Baptist follower of Jesus Christ and loved her membership at both the Bible Baptist Church in Byesville, Ohio, as well as the Columbia Baptist Church in Columbia Station, Ohio. She and her late husband, David Damon, were both avid crochet enthusiasts, church revival tent meeting attendees, and supporters of Sunday school children's programs. She absolutely loved being alive and sharing her life experiences with any and all who would listen to her memorable stories dealing with her past life. She loved all types of animals and was the proud surrogate parent (until her passing) of a Macaque (monkey) named "Judy" many years ago. Roeberta loved visiting the Strongsville Mall where she could hug and "love" the adorable puppies for sale at the only pet shop there.
Calling hours will be held at the Reed Funeral Home, (NORTH CANTON CHAPEL) 801 Pittsburg Ave. N.W., North Canton, Ohio on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. where a Funeral Service will take place at 11:00AM with Pastor Steve Leathley and Pastor Phil Betts officiating.
Interment will take place at the North Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bible Baptist Church in Byesville, Ohio, or the Columbia Baptist Church in Columbia Station, Ohio.
The family invites you to visit www.reedfuneralhome.com to read the obituary, sign the online guestbook and share fond memories.