Mary Margaret (Bartee) LaForce

April 13, 1924 ~ July 17, 2020 (age 96)


Mary Margaret LaForce, age 96 of Defiance, went to be with her Lord on July 17, 2020 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.   
She was born on April 13, 1924 to Charles Kelly and Hattie (Holbrook) Bartee in Wise County, Virginia. On June 3, 1946 she married Aubrey Lee LaForce who preceded her in death on January 6, 2006.
Mary was a faithful member of the Antwerp Baptist Church. She enjoyed her time spent as a homemaker, and in 1944 she was in the Nurses Core during World War II.  She loved flowers, cooking, gardening, singing, and most of all her Lord and Savior and served him in her faith. Mary will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Mary is survived by her son, Roger (Barb) LaForce of Talbott, TN, and her daughter, Debra (George) Wells of Defiance. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Jamie (Anne) LaForce, Kimberly (Kenny) Bostelman, and Corey (Kim) Wagner, her great-grandchildren; Kylee Levin, Cody (Kacee) Barratt, and  Darrian Wagner, her great-great grandchildren, Owen, Madden, Beckham, Bella, Cody Jr., and C.J.  and her daughter-in-law, Sue LaForce of Evansport.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a son, Ronald LaForce.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A graveside service will follow at 11:00 am on Wednesday at Riverview Memory Gardens, with  Pastor Joe Silva officiating.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  For the safety of all, the family requests that you follow social distancing guidelines and please wear masks. 
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Online condolences can be given at

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July 22, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Schaffer Funeral Home, Inc.
529 Jefferson Ave.
Defiance, OH 43512

Graveside Service
July 22, 2020

11:00 AM
Riverview Memory Gardens
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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