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Lavina Ruth Showalter, 85

DALTON — Lavina Ruth Showalter, age 85, of Dalton, died Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at The Inn at University Village in Massillon, where she has resided for the last two years.
Lavina was born on January 27, 1938, in Creston, to the late Harvey and Sylvia (Krabill) Graber and graduated from Norwayne High School in 1956.  She married Glenn Warren Showalter on April 20, 1957, at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville. Glenn died on August 7, 2021.
She worked as an Agent and Office Manager for Clymer (now Hummel) Insurance Agency for many years, retiring in 2006.
Lavina was a member of Kidron Mennonite Church and the Wayne County Farm Bureau.
Surviving are two sons, Rod (Nancy) Showalter of Dalton and Roger Showalter of Albuquerque, NM; daughter, Rhonda (Andy) Cossick of Wadsworth; four grandchildren, Lori Showalter, Rachel Cossick, Brian (Marjorie) Showalter and Kurt Cossick; brother, Harvey Graber; sister-in-law, Kathleen Graber of Wooster; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Ilene Richard, Wilma Graber and Esther Shafer; brother, Howard Graber; and brothers-in-law, Robert Richard and Howard Shafer.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with Pastor Carl Wiebe officiating.  Burial will take place at the Paradise Brethren Cemetery in Smithville.
Memorials may be made to Crossroads Hospice 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Suite E, Uniontown, OH 44685 and or to a charity of choice .
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at

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