Theola Esther Haines
September 14, 1929 – May 14, 2020
Theola Esther Haines passed away on May 14, 2020, in Beavercreek, Ohio after a 15 year battle with lymphoma. Theola was born on September 14, 1929, to her parents Theodore and Esther Maurer in the Phillipsburg, Ohio area. In addition to her parents, Theola is preceded in death by sisters Kathryn (Arnold) Phipps and Thelma (Glen) Ressler, brothers Theodore, Jr (Dink) Maurer and Adam (Mary) Maurer. Theola is survived by her husband, Hugh Haines, Sr. and two children, Susan (Michael) Snell and Hugh, Jr. (Kim) Haines. She will also be missed by her grandson, Kevin (Cheryl) Snell, granddaughter Katie (Eric) Miller, granddaughters Brittany and Carly Haines, and great granddaughters Peyton and Lucy Snell. Also surviving are Theola’s sisters Margie Danzeisen and Shirley Denlinger, brother George Maurer, and many nieces and nephews.
Theola met her husband of almost 70 years, Hugh Haines, in the third grade. They dated all through high school where Theola was a cheerleader while Hugh played on the basketball team. Theola was valedictorian when she graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1947 and Hugh was the salutatorian. They married September 2, 1950 and lived in a tiny trailer at Otterbein College so Hugh could finish college. They then resided in Bowersville before moving to Jamestown on a lake with fishing, swimming, and waterskiing in the summers and ice skating in the winters. Theola was all about providing a good, healthy, and fun life for her family. And there was no better sports fan as she cherished attending her grandkids’ sports events in Beavercreek. A move to Florida in 1990 for 24 years made it possible for Theola to attend her younger grandkids’ sports and finally a move back to Beavercreek in 2014 to watch her great grandkids. Nothing was more enjoyable or made her more proud.
Upon graduation from Miami Jacobs Business College in 1949, Theola was a secretary at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. After her two children began school, Theola became the grade school secretary in Bowersville where her husband was the school principal. Later, Theola became the secretary at the high school in Jamestown and eventually worked at the Greene Joint Vocational School before retiring in 1990.
Theola was a great seamstress making quilts, clothes for her children, and draperies for Adairs, a retail store in Xenia back in the 50’s. She volunteered at the Bowersville Methodist Church making food every year for the church’s food tent at the Greene County fair. She canned vegetables from Hugh’s garden. Theola was always very active in her churches, both in Ohio and Florida, and cherished being a member of their choirs. Theola enjoyed bowling, bocce ball, crafts, board and card games, traveling and cruises. Theola and Hugh’s travels took them from Hawaii to Alaska, the Holy Land to the Netherlands, Europe to Costa Rica through the Panama Canal with several stops in Las Vegas. Theola’s last trip was to Florida in March where she enjoyed vacationing with her entire family. It was a true blessing and special time for all
There will be a private service for the family to celebrate Theola’s life.
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Theola Esther Haines
May 21, 2020
So sorry to learn of Theola’s passing away. I have many fond memories of Bowersville village and her allowing us to “play together “ in each others yards during our childhood. She was always kind to me in all school settings . Very sad for all your family.
May 18, 2020
My Mother in Law was quite an astounding lady. The courageous battle she waged over the last number of years was a demonstration of her total love of her family and her attitude of never give up - better days were always ahead. Regardless of the health challenge at the time - if there was a family event, you could count on Theola to be there. The end resembled nothing of the way she lived her life and ultimately she found her peace. We will all miss her but will never forget her kindness nor spirit.
May 16, 2020
My husband JR and I were blessed to spend many years as neighbors, business partners, card playing, many travels and vacations spent together as VERY good friends. These memories will never leave me. I feel blessed to have had so many good times with Theola and Hugh.