HURON, Ohio – Elva Irene (Dickson) Hovey Coy, 94, passed away Dec. 16, 2008, at Erie County Care Facility, Huron, Ohio, after a long and cherished life. She was born Nov. 11, 1914, in Trenton, Nova Scotia. She moved to Maine with her parents and three sisters when she was 6 and attended school there, graduating from Milo High School, Class of 1934. She went on to graduate from Beal Business College, Bangor. She moved to Massachusetts with her first husband and was employed by First National Packing Co., in the Boston area, and was a member of the Teamsters Union for a number of years prior to moving to Vermilion, Ohio, in 1958. She worked at Vermilion City Police Department for more than a decade as one of the first female emergency dispatchers in Northern Ohio, retiring in 1972. Elva was a member of the Congregational church. She moved back to the Pemaquid Point area of New Harbor with her second husband, where she was a member of the Willing Workers, volunteered with Meals on Wheels and opened cottages for the summer residents. She spent the last 10 years in Huron, Ohio, to be close to her family. She is survived by her son, George Dickson Hovey and his wife, Sally, of Huron, Ohio; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Earl Varney “Pete” Hovey in 1968; her loving daughter, Anna Lee Gove Parker in 1991; her second husband, Ronald A. Coy in 1993; her parents, Oswald Lawson and Elizabeth (Crooks) Dickson; and her three sisters, Georgia Hoxie, Margaret Coy and Vera Robinson-Neff. There will be no visitation. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Rugby Cemetery, Mason Road, Brownhelm Township, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Erie County Care Facility, 3916 East Perkins Ave., Huron, OH 44839 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870. Arrangements handled by Groff Funeral Home, Sandusky, Ohio.
ELVA IRENE (DICKSON) HOVEY COY
Posted Dec. 17, 2008, at 6:41 p.m.