Deanna E. Godby

January 30, 1972 ‒ April 19, 2017

Sunbury, Ohio

Deanna Eileen Godby, age 45 of Galena, went to her heavenly home on April 19, 2017.

She was born January 30, 1972 to the late Michael White and Brenda (Corwin) White Smith of Sunbury. Deanna was a 1990 graduate of Big Walnut High School and was a member of Sunbury VFW Post #8736 Women’s Auxiliary. She was a longtime employee with 22 years of service to Green Meadows Veterinary Clinic of Lewis Center.

Deanna attended the Fathers House Church in Delaware.  She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and riding her motorcycle with friends and family.  Handy with a hammer she was always doing home improvement projects.  Dependable and thoughtful, she was loyal to her circle and helpful in every way.  She also took pleasure in planning family gatherings.

A wonderful mother and wife, she was most proud of her children. She and her husband looked forward to date night on Fridays and doing the rounds in Sunbury.  She was at her best surrounded by her family and enjoyed sunsets on her porch swing alongside her husband.

She is survived by her loving husband, Russell Godby; children: Samantha and Logan Godby; sister Shari (Michael) Wilson of Sunbury; brother Luke (Joyce) White of Sunbury, grandmother Edna “Inky” Corwin; several cousins, nieces, nephews; and many doctors, work associates, and friends.

In addition to her father she was also preceded in death by grandparents Junior and Juanita White and step-father George Smith.

Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61, Sunbury where a celebration of Deanna’s life will follow at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Sanders officiating.  A gathering with refreshments will then immediately follow at the Sunbury VFW Post, 435 McGill St., Sunbury, Ohio 43074 in continued celebration.

In lieu of flowers, Deanna desired for memorial contributions to be made to the “Samantha and Logan Godby College Fund”, c/o PNC Bank, 107 W. Cherry St., Sunbury, Ohio 43074.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Rusty, Shari, Luke and family,
    Roger and I are so so sorry to hear about DeeDee’s passing. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are here if you need anything at all.
    Roger and Kim Stephens

  • Brenda and family
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time. DeeDee’s beauty will be carried on by her family and she will always be in your hearts. She is whole again and no longer in pain.

    Sending love and hugs

    Cathy Noskowiak and family

  • Brenda and family,

    Jerry and I are so sorry to hear about DeeDee’s passing. Know you are all in our Prayer’s and thought’s.

    Jerry and Rita Young

  • Our heart is just broken for all of you , we love you all an are here for anything you may need , Gary an Jannie Milburn 🙏

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Her smile and kind ways was truly a treasure to those who encountered her. I hope you can some how find comfort In knowing she is truly in a better place. To be absent from us is to be with the lord. If there is anything we can do for you and your family please let us know. The Hatfield’s.

  • Brenda & family…..Lydia & I are so sorry to hear of your loss of Deedee. please know you are in our prayers …& thoughts….If you need anything please know we are here for you….much love…May god give you a heart of ease….God Bless….Ula Downing & Lydia Rader

  • Dee Dee Your Name will always bring us memories of your visit to us in Florida and our visit to Ohio Your kind & loving personality is forever in our memories, and helps the hurt in our hearts of losing you. We are consoled to know that you are free from the hurt you were suffering, and are now at peace with The Prince of Peace, and in your Joy unspeakable and full of Glory forever. We will always cherish our memories of you. May the God of Comfort comfort the hearts of your family.

  • Dear Rusty,Children & Luke. L am so sorry to have heard of dee Dee’s passing. She was such a sweetie. always loving and friendly l …..She will be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you all. May Lloyd & family

  • May God’s Holy Spirit be with Russell, the children, my dear cousin, Brenda, and all family, friends and loved ones who knew her. “Souls of the righteous are in the Hand of God”.

    Peace be with all of you!

    Stan (Uncle Jim’s son)

  • Rusty, Samantha, Logan, Luke and Shari,
    Shawni and I are so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful Wife, Mother, and Sister. Dee Dee has left an everlasting impression on everyone she ever came in contact with. Her smile was brighter than the sun and equally contagious. She will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Rusty and family PLEASE know you are in my prayers. May God be with you in this time of grief.

  • Rusty and family PLEASE know you are in my prayers. May God be with you in this time of grief.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. It breaks my heart to think about such a young women passing. My thought are with you all.

  • I will remember her laugh and her smile. The world is a better place because she was a part of it . My heart goes out to her family and friends. I will pray for you all.

  • Shari,Luke,Brenda,Rusty and children
    What a beautiful person called home to soon.
    My heart is just broken for you all.May you all find comfort,peace and understanding at this difficult time.
    DeeDee has went to her forever home to be free from her pain and at peace but what a beautiful kind
    Soul to lose .
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers
    God Bless you all always ..
    The Cumberledge Family
    John & Robin

  • It’s difficult to put into words our sorrow. It’s so sad to see a great mother, wife and friend leave this life at such a young age. She will be missed by many, our prayers ate with you and your family.

  • I am so very saddened by Deanna’s passing. I was a client at Green Meadows for the last 21 years and I always enjoyed talking with her. I wish your family peace and comfort at this difficult time. God bless you all

  • Brenda my heart aches for you at this time. You and Luke and Shari all need to get an 8 by 10 of that Christmas photo of the kids they were all smiling and happy together

  • Brenda and Inky… I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Please know you and your families are in my prayers. May the.peave of the Lord comfort you… Hugs from my heart

  • Brenda, Sort to hear of your daughter’s passing. Love, thoughts and prayers for all her family. May God place His loving arms around you at this difficult time.

    Love and prayers,
    Luana Simpson

  • Dear Brenda, I am so sorry to hear of DeeDee’s passing. I really never new your children but I am sure they are as sweet as you. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Brenda, I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • I am truly sorry for your loss. Lifting you all in prayer. Hoping you all find some comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  • Shari, my heart hurts for you. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers today and for the days to come. I can’t imagine losing a sibling and am here for you.

  • We are so saddened to hear of Dee Dee’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.

    Randy and Shara

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you all. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Brenda and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you with peace and comfort during this very difficult time.
    Longshore Family

  • Rusty and family,
    I have such fine memories of DeeDee and all of you. The Big Walnut Community was enriched by your family. Thank you for that and thank you for making my life at Big Walnut enjoyable. God bless you all. I will remember her always.

  • Rusty, Samantha, Logan, Brenda, Luke, and Shari. We are so saddened by your loss. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Garry and Donna Phillips Estle

  • So sorry to hear of Dee Dee’s passing.
    Stay strong in God’s faith.
    Prayers Always
    Odis and Diana Horsley

  • Rusty and Family,

    I will always remember Dee Dee’s big smile and kind ways. No matter where we saw each other, we always took a few minutes to catch up on our boys. Many prayers.

  • Brenda, I am so, so sorry to learn of Dee-Dee’s passing. I hope your memories help get you through this heartbreaking time. She was so loved by everyone and will be sadly missed. When she came into the court house to visit her Aunt Jewell – everything – all business stopped in the Map Room! Even Carlton was enamored!! We loved it when she stopped in – which wasn’t often enough.

  • Samantha and Logan, so sorry for your loss. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. The sadness you now feel will lessen and the memories of your mom will be a guide and a treasure for your life. She was an amazing mom.

  • Samantha,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts in the coming days, weeks, and months as you grieve your mother’s passing. Take comfort in the memories and lessons she gave you throughout your life. I know she will be looking down on you with pride!

  • You know I loved me some Dede! I always enjoyed singing Me and Bobby McGhee for her. I will miss her and that pretty smile. Prayers and love to you all.

    Miss Kenna

  • So sorry to hear of DeeDee’s passing.
    All of the family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mary Ann Freeman

  • I have been acquainted with Dee for the past five years, through a business relationship. It was always a delight to talk to Dee and it was always she who encouraged my daughter, who worked with her , and myself through the death of our pets, as well as the death of my husband. Very few people can light up a room when they enter. Few people seem selfless and encouraging though they are going through trials themselves. Well, Dee was that person. How special and genuine she was!! And her faith in the Lord quickly became an inspiration to everyone she met. I feel it an honor and privilege to have known her briefly. May the Lord bring the supernatural peace to her family that passes all understanding.

  • We are all so very sorry to hear about Dee De. Are Thoughts and Prayers are with her and all those who loved her. May God bring all Peace. The Marcum’s

  • Shari and family,
    I am thinking of you at this most difficult time. You have my deepest condolences.Lisa

  • Aunt Brenda, Luke, Shari, Rusty, Sam, Logan and Grandma,

    My heart is saddened and words cannot express my feelings of sorrow. . .Sending my love, hugs and best to all.


  • Deanna had the “gift”. The gift of making you smile,knowing your name and remembering your pets name. She was always caring and thoughtful. Deanna touched so many hearts and these hearts are heavy with sorrow . You will always be remembered for your kindness . A true treasure.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Her beautiful smile and kind heart will never be forgotten.

  • Sweet and beautiful Dee dee, you will be truly missed by those who knew you. Such a genuine person you always show kindness to others . Thoughts and prayers to Rusty your children and your family and friends

  • I am so sorry to hear about Deanna’s passing. She fought so hard; I really hoped she was going to beat it. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends, family, and coworkers she will be greatly missed

  • Our hearts are heavy on learning of DeeDee’s passing. She was a kind, exuberant soul who loved to give to others. Her family was her pride and joy. She will be deeply missed. RIP sweet girl.

  • Sending prayers to your family. Deedee was so very sweet!! She had a beautiful smile !!Remember her from the Sunbury pool days..

  • Deanna will always and forever hold a special place in our hearts. Over the past two years, we had many conversations and heartfelt discussions. God placed us together to share, encourage and at times weep. Deanna was a warrior, who fought with razor sharp focus and perseverance. I stood in awe of her fortitude. I believe our Lord has given her a very, very special job in heaven. I want to send love and prayerful support to all of her amazing family as you journey through the days ahead. You are loved by many.
    ~Kim & Jay Geisler

  • Rusty and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief. May God bless you and walk beside you every step of the way. Keep your memories and family close.

  • Sam,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You are such a kind and intelligent girl. Stay strong and make your Mom proud.
    With much love and best wishes from
    Jeff, Debbie, Isaac & Noah Gibson

  • We are so sorry to hear of DeeDee’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and left a positive impact on everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Joe and Lisa Garner

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dee Dee’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I remember when I would babysit for you when the kids were little. I will always cherish those memories.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Dee Dee we used to hang out when we were all younger and had so much fun at Aunt Jewell’s house. I will always cherish those memories. I wish we would have stayed in contact. Love you cousin