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Annabell M. (Coder) Pugh

Annabell M. (Coder) Pugh, age 90, of Shelby, died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at her home.

She was born September 8, 1925 in Richmond Township, Huron County, Ohio the daughter of the late Loy Clinton and Helen Gertrude (Carpenter) Coder.  Annabell was a 1943 graduate of Willard High School and attended Tiffin Business University. On August 27, 1950 she married Roger Ellis Pugh and he preceded her in death on May 7, 2004.

Annabell was a homemaker and had been employed at Wilkens Air Force Depot in Shelby and also assisted her husband in their farming operation. A longtime active member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby, Annabell taught Sunday school for many years. Volunteering was just something Annabell did. Besides her church, she volunteered for the American Red Cross, MedCentral Shelby Hospital, and was the presiding judge and poll worker for Cass Township B precinct in Richland County. She was a former member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, AARP, and Plymouth Board of Education where she was past president.

She is survived by a son: David (Sherri) Pugh of Cartersville, GA; daughter: Mary Ellen (Jack) Burgess of Columbus, OH; 2 grandsons: Christopher Bryan (Sarah) Pugh of Shelby and Ryan Matthew (Natalie) Pugh of Melborne, FL; 2 great grandsons: Brody Ellis Pugh and Brock Louis Pugh; 2 step grandchildren: Scott & Debbie Rollins and Staci & Chuck Wade; 3 step great grandchildren; Many nieces and nephews; Sister-in-law: Sylvia Coder of Attica.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Avis Sue Coder, Wilda Haverfield, Ruth Henderson and Lyndel Coder.

Friends and family are welcome on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Thursday,

May 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM at First Lutheran Church, 33 Broadway, Shelby with Pastor Russel Yoak officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh. Memorial expressions may be made to First Lutheran Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.


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Memories & Condolence

  1. Steven & Ellen Haverfield says:

    Dear Mary Ellen, David, Chris, Ryan and Families:
    We are so sorry for the Loss of your Mother and Grandmother. You have been so good to her and I know she loved all of you. She was so proud of her family and enjoyed watching your progress and successes in life. We will miss her, but we know how happy she is with her Lord and Savior and all her siblings! God bless you all and give you peace and comfort.

  2. Deb Havener says:

    I’m sorry I never got the chance to meet Annabell — but I became friends with her daughter, Mary, while we were students at The Ohio State University. All I can say is that Mary obviously comes from wonderful parents because she is salt-of-the-earth and a true friend.

    Mary, if you’re reading this know that your mom did a great thing by bringing you into this world. We are lighting candles for you and your dear mother.

    Love you, bird!

    :Deb and Neal

  3. Marlene/Howard Cuppy says:

    So sorry to learn this news. We loved Annabelle and she always spoke when we met her. She is in the arms of God now, as He has called her to become a shining star in His vast Heaven. Our deepest condolences to all members of the family. R I P Annabelle.

  4. Kathy Kelly says:

    Dear Mary & Family,
    I just wanted to let you know how glad I am to have met you WONDERFUL Mother.
    I truly enjoyed every minute I spent with her.She would call me her angel,when in truth,she was mine,she was full of spirit and a true joy to be around.I can see her in heaven handing out tootsie rolls 😉 I know I’ll never look at one without the thought of her.I can honestly say she was amazing!
    Thank you ALL very much for welcoming me into her home and allowing me to care for her! She is a true inspiration and she will NEVER be forgotten.
    RIP Annabell,you will be sadly missed :'(
    I loved her from the very first day I met her♡

  5. Daniel Kraft says:

    Mary Ellen,
    I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I still have very fond memories of our days in the band…trombone in hand!
    Take care,

  6. Karen and Jack Lazarchic says:

    Dear Mary & Jack, I am not real good with the right words during a time like this. But, I want you to know you are in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Mary, Your mother was a very precious person. I loved sending and receiving cards to/from her. She would always send me a stick of gum and a sweet message about how great it is to have life with our dear lord and savior. Now she is with him and all his glory. I will miss the correspondence with her. Know that even though she is gone to the lord she will always be with you. We love you both and are so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. Love, Karen and Jack Lazarchic

  7. Becky Anaya says:

    David, Mary, Chris, Ryan, Sarah, Natalie and families. My heart goes out to all of you at this time. I never have the right words but know that I am thinking of all of you and wish I could be there to hug all of you. I will miss my sweet Aunt very much but I am comforted by the fact that she is now with her Lord and Savior, the love of her life (Uncle Roger), and her siblings. She will no longer have to be in pain.

    Love you all, your cousin, Becky.

  8. Pam Newman says:


    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort.

    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
    John 14:27 (NIV)


  9. Annette Burgess says:

    Annabell was such a remarkable woman. When I last spoke with her, we talked about our children. She said that God had blessed her with David and Mary and she was so proud of them.
    I love you Annabell and will miss your birthday cards containing a prayer and a stick of gum. Rest in peace.

  10. Randy and Jan Pry says:

    Dearest cousins David and Mary and family. Please know that we are praying for you all during this most difficult time. Your mom was like a pillar in the family. She touched so many people’s lives from young to old. Her faithfulness to the Lord and her family speaks for itself. We grieve with you but we also celebrate because she is now where she has wanted to be for a very long time. Reunited with her dear siblings and most importantly with our Savior Jesus Christ. We’re sure those crazy Coder kids were standing at the gate of heaven welcoming her home! Much love to you all.

  11. Michele says:

    I am sorry for your loss. We are here for you if you need anything. I’m not very good at words at a time like this but know we are thinking of you.


  12. Nathaniel Bowers says:

    Mary sorry for your loss. Times like this that I find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21: 3,4. One day in the near future we will see our loved ones again. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  13. Glen and Judy Rigney says:

    David, Mary and Families
    We want you to know we are very sorry for your loss. We will miss Annabell so much but we will never forget that big smile, her kind words of wisdom and those big hugs that made you feel so loved. We are at peace knowing she is with our Savior Jesus Christ,Uncle Roger and Siblings. Rest in Peace Annabell. We love you so much.(Hoot)

    Love Glen, Judy and Jennifer

  14. Charlene Burrer says:

    So sorry about losing such a grand lady. She was a friend to all. The last time that I saw her….we parted with a smile, a hug and an “I love you”…..something that will never be forgotten.

  15. BarbaraWatkins says:

    I first met Mrs. Pugh many years ago, when she was President of the Board of Education at Plymouth. She earned my admiration with her oft=repeated statement, “My main criteria is to do what is best for the students.”
    When we would see one another in the past few years, it was always a pleasure to exchange greetings. Her optimism and cheerful smile would brighten my day.
    Please accept my sympathy as you adjust to your loss.

  16. Liljana says:


    We are very sorry for your loss. Having the opportunity to get to know you and your warm personality, in a sense it feels like I knew your mom as well. May her soul rest in peace and may you all be comforted by the memories you’ve built with her.

    Thoughts and prayers to you and yours!

    Liljana & family

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