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Margaret Ellen “Dee Dee” (Fox) Kemp

Margaret Ellen “Dee Dee” Kemp, age 93, of Shelby, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Dee Dee was born June 18, 1925 in Shelby, the daughter of the late Lester and Lavon (Baker) Fox. She was a 1944 graduate of Shelby High School. Dee Dee had worked at Wilkens Airforce Depot, AMF, and Shelby Spring Hinge Company prior to working at Shelby Hospital in the housekeeping department. She served the hospital for over 35 years, until the age of 84, prior to her retirement. Dee Dee was an avid gardener and enjoyed arts and crafts and shopping. She also enjoyed collecting dolls and, during the height of the Beanie Baby craze, she loved purchasing and gifting them to her family.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Dee Dee L. and Orva E. Dawson, Jr.; 6 grandchildren: Sally (Tom) Hoak, Mary Dawson, Amy Dawson, Kelly Dawson, and Scott Dawson all of Shelby, and Sherry (Brandon) Frankart of Republic; 5 great grandchildren: Logan Cronenwett, Sarah Hoak, Ethan Dawson, Anthony Dawson, and Braxton Dawson; a sister-in-law: Pat Fox; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. On July 27, 1968 Dee Dee married Charles J. Kemp and he preceded her in death on October 31, 1996. Also preceding her in death, in addition to her parents and husband, was a grandson, Andrew Charles Dawson, on April 25, 2018, and two brothers, Dan Fox and Jim Fox.

Pastor Tim Yoder will officiate private graveside services at Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Care for Dee Dee and her family is being provided by Jake, Bob, and Catherine, at the Turner Funeral Home in Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland County Humane Society.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Linda Wetz LaGoy says:

    Dee Dee and family~ So sorry for your loss.

  2. Bonnie Johnson says:

    Sorry for loss. Enjoyed working with your Mother at the hospital. She was a great lady.

  3. Julie Bashore says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. I took care of DeeDee at Crestwood Care Center and she was such a joy. She made us laugh many times. I am blessed to have been able to take care of her and also for her to touch my life. May she rest in peace. My prayers are for your family today and in the days to come.

  4. Pauline Mosley says:

    So sorry for your loss. Dee Dee was family to me, I remembering telling her that I wish I was one of her grand children, she loved them so much. A great loving woman who I loved also. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Elaine Stevenson says:

    Such fond memories of DeeDee as our wonderful housekeeper on the Maternity Unit! Blessings to her entire family.

  6. Alice Mescher says:

    My Deepest Sympathies to you DeeDee and the family. Your Mom was such a nice lady and fun to talk to. She will be missed my many.

    Alice Wheeler Mescher

  7. Louann Schroeder says:

    Dee and Family We are so sorry for your loss. You mom was a wonderful lady. Prayers and hugs to all.

  8. Ann Cooper says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I knew her from my stays at Shelby Hospital. When she came in to clean my room we always had some great conversations. She was such a sweet caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  9. Candice Ziegler says:

    Dee Dee,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Junior and of course the rest of your family.

  10. Susan Metzger says:

    Dee Dee and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your entire family has my deepest condolences and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Beth Terman says:

    Dee, so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I have fond memories of her. Your family is in our prayers.
    Beth and Randy Terman

  12. Lorraine Swanger says:

    I remember DeeDee from many years ago when I was employed at Shelby Hospital. She was always a joy to work with and saw her on a daily basis for 15 years. She was always happy and cheerful. I am so sorry for the family’s loss, I am sure she will be missed greatly

  13. Elaine & Dick Chapman says:

    So sorry to hear of Grandma Kemp’s passing. She is in a better place and know that you will all meet there someday. Prayers for all the family. May God help you through this difficult time.

  14. gc says:

    My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  15. Nancy and Terry Hamman says:

    Dee Dee, Orva and family,
    Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your sweet mother. I remember her well, especially, when I worked Maternity in Shelby and she was our housekeeper. We are praying for comfort and peace for all of you during this difficult year for your family.



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