Deanna Carolyn Saffles – Chattanoogan.com
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 June 8, 1961 – her birthday.
She married George in 1963 and was a devoted and loyal wife for 52 years of marriage until her death in 2015. Deanna was also the loving mother of three daughters: Kimberly, Tina and Carrie. She was known as the grandmother Dee of Renie Crabson Pedigo, Holly Jo Miller, Analise Bilbao and Ethan Bilbao. She was also the great-grandmother of Greyson and Caroline Pedigo.
Deanna and George moved to Cleveland around 1979, where she began a career that spanned more than 25 years with Kmart. Deanna ended her career as the manager of a Kmart store in Fort. Lauderdale, Florida. She and George returned to Cleveland for the remaining years of their lives.
Deanna Carolyn Saffles was known as a woman of loyalty, love and dedication to all 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 just couldn’t 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 grow 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 has faithfully attended Valley View Baptist Church for the past several years, as her health permitted.
Deanna was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Helen McCoy; her husband, George Howard Saffles; his daughter, Tina N. Miller (Bruce); and his 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; and her great-grandchildren, Greyson and Caroline Pedigo, all of Cleveland; and 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.
Visitations will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the funeral will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021 at Companion Funeral Home with her son-in-law Mike Varner as officiant.