Deanna Carolyn Saffles, “Grandma Dee,” died peacefully in her home among her family on Friday, June 18, 2021 — just two days before her 78th birthday.
She was born on June 20, 1943, in Painesville, Ohio, to Alfred and Helen McCoy.
She met the love of her life, George Howard Saffles, in Painesville, Ohio, at Harvey High School, where she graduated on the 8th of June in 1961 — his birthday.
She married George in 1963 and was a devoted and faithful wife for 52 years of matrimony until his death in 2015.
Deanna was also the loving mother to three daughters: Kimberly, Tina, and Carrie. She was known as Grandma Dee to Renie Crabson Pedigo, Holly Jo Miller, Analise Bilbao, and Ethan Bilbao. She was also great-grandma to Greyson and Caroline Pedigo.
Deanna and George moved to Cleveland around 1979, where she began a career that lasted over Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She and George moved back to Cleveland for the remaining years of their life.
Deanna Carolyn Saffles was known as a woman of loyalty, love, and devotion to everyone who had the joy of knowing her. She was devoted to her husband, family, and friends. She especially enjoyed her friendship with Naomi Saffles, her sister-in-law. You simply could not find a better friend than Deanna! Dee was a woman with “…cold hands, but a warm heart.” She had a “green thumb” and loved to cultivate flowers to surround her home with the beauty of God’s creation.
She confessed her hope in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of her life and faithfully attended Valley View Baptist Church over the past few years as her health allowed.
Deanna was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Helen McCoy; her husband, George Howard Saffles; her daughter, Tina N. Miller (Bruce); and her brothers-in-law: RD “Cub” Saffles, and Glenn Elmer Saffles.
She is survived by her two daughters: Kimberly Varner (Michael), and Carrie Bilbao (Steve), both of Cleveland; her grandchildren: Renie Pedigo (Tara), Holly Jo Miller, Analise Bilbao, and Ethan Bilbao; her great-grandchildren: Greyson and Caroline Pedigo, all of Cleveland; her sisters-in-law: Naomi Saffles and Melba Saffles of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews by marriage: Doug Saffles, Karen Slater (Ron), Manette Saffles, Angela Holloway, Tony Saffles, and Greg Saffles.
Visitation will be held from 3 until 7 p.m. with the funeral to begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021, at Companion Funeral Home with her son-in-law Mike Varner officiating.
Interment will follow on Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Tony Saffles, Greg Saffles, Ethan Bilbao, Matthew Varner, Steve Bilbao, and Mike Varner as Pallbearers.
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