When friends and family hear the name Fonda Lou Eaton they have smiles and fond memories. Fonda Lou was born on February 7, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio to the proud parents of Jesse and Evelyn Allen. At age three, her family moved to St. Paris and that is where Fonda Lou continued to live the rest of her life. Fonda Lou attended St. Paris High School graduating in 1953. The “Class of 53” have remained fast friends throughout the years. In 1956, Fonda Lou Allen became the bride of the love of her life Donald Eaton. Fonda Lou and Donald Eaton enjoyed 35 years of married life before he was called to Heaven in July 1991. Fonda Lou’s journey that started with Don is coming full circle when they will be reunited once again in Heavenly glory.
Mrs. Eaton graduated from Wilmington College in 1959 and began working as a teacher in Urbana City Schools. She continued teaching there for 7 years before starting her teaching career at Troy City Schools where she enjoyed a 35-year career at Hook and Concord Elementary Schools. She loved all children but especially first graders. Fonda Lou was an excellent educator and was named “Teacher of the Year” for Troy City Schools. She was also a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar. She received her Master Degree from Wittenberg University. Fonda Lou’s goal in life was to be a loving, caring daughter and wife which she easily achieved. She strived to respect and support her in-laws, her nieces and nephews, and friends. She proudly achieved the goal of “teaching the little ones” which was high on her list to obtain. In her own words, “I loved to teach, travel, read, go to the theater, and eat out with and visit with my friends.” Those of us close to her would also know that she frequently said, “GO BUCKS” as she loved Ohio State athletics.
Mrs. Eaton was a member of the following organizations: Lifetime member of Ohio Education Association; National Education Association life-time member; Ohio Retired Teachers; Champaign and Miami County Retired Teacher Association; Delta Kappa Gamma International Member; National Honorary Educator of Beta Theta Society; Eastern Star Urbana Chapter 530; Women of the Moose, Chapter 698; Champaign County Historical Society; Champaign County Preservation Society; Daughters of the American Revolution, Urbana Chapter; Senior Citizens of Champaign County; Champaign County Arts Council Trustee; Graham Local Schools Community Foundation Board Member; Champaign County Memorial Committee; Relay for Life Cancer Association; Member of Friends of St. Paris Public Library; Urbana Chapter for Senior Center; Charter Member of Antique Study Club; Member of the St. Paris United Methodist Church where over the years she had served as a Trustee, served on the Administrative Board and numerous other committees.
Survivors include Johnson St. Paris “Class of 1953” members; cousins, the Hannaford family of Indianapolis; Patti Lantz (Gary) of Urbana; brother and sister-in-law, Elizabeth and Charles Evans; niece Lisa Palmer (David); nephew Kevin Eaton, great nieces and nephew, Kelly Evans Wilson (John), Nicole Eaton Cooke (Dan), Stacy Eaton Clinard (John), Kyle Eaton (Ashley), and Kristin Evans Freeman (Travis); great, great nephews and nieces, Emma, Elyse, and Eli Wilson; Isabella, Anna, Alexis, and Isaac Freeman, Kash Eaton, and Lincoln Clinard; and a multitude of friends.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Evelyn Printz Allen and Jesse W. Allen; husband, Donald E. Eaton; in-laws, Mary Walborn Eaton and Howard Eaton; special nephew, Kermit Evans: brother-in-law, Kermit Eaton, sister-in-law, Sondra Eaton; and special cousins, Josephine and Harold P. Shank.
Pallbearers are Aaron Jenkins, Carter Jenkins, David Palmer, Dean Bishop, Jim Johnson, Aaron Prince, Steve Gladman, and Kyle Eaton.
Honorary pallbearers are St. Paris High “Class of 53”, Melvin Perdue, Nelson Faulkner, Bill Fox, Shawn Prince, Ralph Prince, Gene Goodwin, Steve Jenkins, Glenn Sullivan, James Rankins, Roy Carson, and Damon Gladman.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the St. Paris United Methodist Church, 208 W. Walnut Street, St. Paris, Ohio. Eastern Star services will be held at the end of visitation.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the church with Reverend Dave Kepple and Reverend Doug Upton presiding Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in the name of Fonda Lou Eaton to Graham Scholarship Foundation; Shrine Club of Champaign County; Champaign County Memorial Foundation; Saint Paris United Methodist Church designated for youth activities; and Champaign County Relay for Life. Addresses will be listed on the funeral home website and envelopes will be available in the church. Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, St. Paris, Ohio is serving the family
Graham Scholarship Foundation C/O John Steinberger
6666 Runkle Road, St. Paris OH 43072
Champaign County Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 866, Urbana OH 43078
Saint Paris United Methodist Church-Youth Activities
P.O. Box 564, Saint Paris OH 43072
Shrine Club of Champaign County C/O Al Johnson, Treasurer
4373 Bump Road, Cable OH 43009