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Shirley Ann Couts, 76, of Van Wert, died at 8:32 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Shirley Ann Couts

She was born May 24, 1936, in Haviland, the daughter of the late Ray R. and Ethel (Chapke) Speakman. On October 16, 1954, she married Daniel J. McConahay. On January 6, 1979, she married Lee Ray Couts, who preceded her in death on March 7, 1996.

Survivors include her stepmother, Audrey Jacobs of Van Wert; a son, Kaury (Melinda) McConahay of Huntsville, Texas; three daughters, Kimberly (Bill) Torok of Delta, Kristine (Ted Baron) McConahay of Hudson, Ind., and Kerry L. (Jeff) Gudakunst of Grover Hill; a daughter-in-law, Mickey McConahay of Ohio City; three stepsons, Terry (Diana) Couts of St. Marys, Bruce Couts of Van Wert and Larry Couts of Defiance; a stepdaughter, Linda (Darrel) McGee of Celina; one brother, Douglas R. Speakman; a sister, Karen S. Morris of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren, Martin (Valerie) McConahay of Austin, Texas, Casey S. McConahay of Van Wert, Shea Lynn (Nathan) Crass of Fort Mill, S.C., Jason Torok and Nichole Torok, both of Delta, Camron Whitacre of Dayton, Nathan (Charisse) McConahay of Hampton, Va., Courtney McConahay of O’Fallon, Ill., and Graden, Grabrielle and Gracie Gudakunst of Grover Hill; nine stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A son, Kelly Brent McConahay, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Couts had worked at The Times-Bulletin, Teleflex Corporation and Aeroquip Corporation (Eaton). She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert, was a 1954 graduate of Van Wert High School and volunteered at the YMCA of Van Wert County.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: First United Methodist Church or State of the Heart Hospice.

POSTED: 04/15/13 at 9:29 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries