Laura Jeannine Reffitt

February 17, 1929 ‒ October 01, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Laura Jeannine Reffitt, age 91, of Mount Vernon passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at the Knox Community Hospital.

She was born on February 17, 1929 in Crossville, Illinois to the late William and Bessie (Graves) Hughes.  Laura was employed as a secretary at PPG Industries for over 37 years and retired in 1987.  She was also a member of the Lucy Knox Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by her niece Melanie (Michael Drapp) Poole; her great niece Danielle (Jim McDonald) Elliott; her great nephew Jay (Sarah) Poole; her great-great niece Madison Elliott; her great-great nephew Chase Elliott; her cousin Wayne (Julia) Graves; and a friend of the family, Kevin Anderson.

In addition to her parents, Laura was preceded in death by her husband James Reffitt.

Friends may call on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home from 10-11AM.  A service will follow, beginning at 11AM.  Burial will take place in Mound View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Knox County Humane Society.

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  • RIP Aunt Jeannine. Been many years since we last talked, but you were always one of the kindest people I’ve knowm.

  • What a beautiful lady inside and out. I have never seen her sit at a table during a get together-she was always hovering to see what people needed. She will be missed, she is loved. Colleen Totman Milligan

  • So sorry about Jeannine’s death. We were co-workers at PPG. It was always nice to see her at the grocery or out shopping. My sympathies to her family.

  • My Aunt Jeannine was just a beautiful sweet lady. She sent me a Christmas card and birthday card every year. I will miss that. Saw her about 10 years ago, my sister joyce and brother in law David took her to dinner. She was so gracious and interested in another’s life. Who would not want to be like her? I remember her and Uncle James visits to the Reffitt farm when I was a young girl. I lived with my grandmother Reffitt after my mother died and again after a stepmother died. Many fond memories of Mt. Vernon and all the Reffitt family. Love you much, Betty Reffitt Rose and family. Charles Reffitt’s daughter) Baltimore, Md. RIP Sweet lady.

  • RIP beautiful Aunt Jeannine. I will never forget your kindness over the years. You were so sweet and always wanted to know how me and my family were doing. I am certainly going to miss the annual Birthday Cards to me as well as David and also Christmas. I always admired you for your beauty and caring about others. Your Yorkies had the best of care from you and they were your “kids” that kept you going. You were one classy Lady and will be missed. Go soar with the Angels.
    Love and Hugs. Joyce Reffitt Stemen
    Charles Reffitt’s daughter

  • Laura,

    The love and devotion that you showed so many was inspiring. You’ll be missed beyond words and the world is truly grayer for not having you in it. I’m honored and blessed for having known you.

  • I can’t explain the void that is missing in my life now. As a child I remember your jovial laugh, Uncle Jim and I would sit at the table drawing and call it a happy witches cackle. You would shake your head and laugh some more. I have so many memories visiting the pink cape cod on the hill. I remember waking up to the smell of bacon in the skillet and polka music playing on WMVO, which then turned into tradio. You always fixed amazing food and feasts whenever we came over. Though the faces have changed and many have left us, our family picnics on your porch will always hold a special place in my heart. The menu was and still is the signature Totman Hughes Reffitt specialty. Aunt Jean’s baked beans, Your baked fried chicken and scalloped potatoes, Grandma Bernies Potato salad, your amazing deviled eggs and green onions, tomatoes with salt. Uncle Dick would make his homemade vanilla ice cream as a treat. And don’t forget Uncle Jims Iced tea!
    I hold so many of these memories with me. Waiting for you and Uncle Jim to arrive Christmas Morning, calling you up as a little kid and saying “Lala can I come over and spend the night?” , trying on your hats, gloves and jewelry to feel fancy. You would say “choose a perfume to spray Dani” Then I would grab Uncle Jims guitar and start a concert. You both just laughed and enjoyed my craziness.
    Watching our movies together. North and South, Hairspray, Crocodile Dundee, Dirty Dancing. I would finish the tape and restart it again, and you both just let me go on without a word.
    I remember the 2nd weekend in December we would turn out all the lights and you let me light your tapered candles and we would sing Christmas carols that had been printed in the Mount Vernon news.
    You always gave and gave with so much love. You had a heart of gold and the patience of a Saint. You clothed my mom and Terry, me and Jay and Madison and Chase. I could go on forever all the memories and things you did for us and still it would not do it justice. There are far too many to list. I will always miss you, many will miss you. You truly were one of a kind.

  • It is rare you meet such a kind and caring soul as Laura. My sympathies to Melanie, Danielle and Jay who I know loved
    You so much and and will miss you deeply.

  • Our family was so fortunate to have met Jeannine shortly after our father passed away. We couldn’t couldn’t have had a nicer person to move into our father’s condo. She was a true “lady” and a smart and considerate person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all her family during this difficult time.