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Jean Dynes

In fond memory of my loving wife Jean Annette Dynes.  She was born at Middletown Hospital on June 16, 1957 to John and Alma Apple.  Annette grew up in Germantown with a loving family.  She graduated from Valley View High School in 1975.  She excelled in her academics, was an honor student, and was the class secretary.  Annette also placed 1st in extemporaneous speaking at Regionals; then, placed 2nd at State, and 27th at the National Level.  She was also 3rd runner up at the Ohio State Fair Queen pageant.  Annette worked at Garden Manor for over 20 years.  She was the Director of H.R., then she served as V.P. of Policies and Procedures before retiring in March, 2015.  Annette was dearly loved by the residents and the staff of G.M. as she was kind, considerate, and showed a lot of love to all.  On January 5, 2016 we celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary, and although we prayed for a long life together, God called for her on January 13, 2016.  Her life has been full, and we savored the world together, but she could not stay with me or her family for another day.  My words can’t explain the depth of my love, nor can I ever fill the void in my heart.  Annette was a shining example for all as a wife, mother, grandma (Nona) in her word, conduct, love, and in her faith and purity.  She is survived by her husband Randy Dynes, daughters Kimberly Jean-Anne Swigart, Beatrix Lydia Timmermans, Karly Banks, sons Kyle and Taylor Dynes, grandchildren Cayden Banks, Christopher Keaton Swigart, Harper Banks, Champ Banks, parents John and Donetta Apple, Alma Cox, brothers Doug and Ben Apple, sister Darla and son in law Jon Landry.  Funeral services will be held Monday, January 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Arpp & Root Funeral Home, 29 N. Main St.  Germantown, Interment at Twin Valley Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 on Sunday January 17 at the funeral home.

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My dearest, darling Annette, You and I had so many loves in common. One of the many joys we shared was the pleasure of passing poems back and forth to each other and keeping a book of them. One poem that touched us both deeply was a poem "I Shall Come Back" written in the 1920's by a ten year old girl and found in one of my childhood poetry books. We promised each other that we would each read the poem at each other's funeral. I gave very little thought that I would have to do so.Here is a copy of that poem."I Shall Come Back""I shall be coming back to you from seas, rivers, sunny meadows, glens that hold secrets. I shall come back with my hands full of light and flowers.Brooks braided in with sunbeams will hang from my fingers. My heart will be awake....All my thoughts and joys will go to you. I shall bring back things I have picked up traveling this road or the other, things found by the sea or in the pine-wood. There will be a pine-cone in my pocket. Grains of pink sand between my fingers.I shall tell you of a golden pheasant's feather; I shall tell you of stars like sea weed. Moons will glitter in my hair.... Will you know me? I shall come back when sunset has turned away and gone. And you will untangle the moons and make my drowsy and put me to bed."Hilda Conkling For my precious step-daughter. While she did not grow under my heart, she grew in my heart.She was my dearest friend, my confidant, and source of joy and inspiration.How could I have known,that day in 1976, when I was at her father's house for the first time for dinner, that a lovely dark haired, dark eyed, angel would walk through the front door and God Bless...like me, and have so much importance in my life.Love, Mom Donnetta

Donnetta Apple Jan 29 2016 12:00 AM

My Deepest Sympathy in your loss.Annette was a beautiful person, always inquisitive, talking, and laughing.You are in my prayers.

Judy Gentry Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM

Randy and Family, Thinking of you at this difficult time!!!I was very sorry to hear you have lost someone so precious to your heart. I know words can't begin to comfort you at this sad time, but please remember you are being kept in my thoughts and prayers.

Anne Mathews Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM

My Dearest Kim, Bea & Randy: Words cannot express my sadness for your loss.It was not often these days that Annette & I would see each other but our friendship of over 23 years never waivered.When we would speak it was just like we saw each other yesterday, a tribute to how she lived her life. The first topic of conversation would always be her family!There has never been a kinder, gentler soul to walk this earth.God must have needed her to help him in a much bigger way now.Her presence will be missed but her spirit will live on in all those whom she has touched in her short time here.Please reach out to me should any of you get to the west coast, I would love to see you. Peggy Arquilla

Peggy Arquilla Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Annette was a very special lady who always made me laugh. She was truly a kind and caring person and will be forever missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Andrea McCready Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM

Kim, Bea, Christopher, and Randy, I cannot begin to imagine how much you are all grieving with the loss of such a wonderful, positive beautiful person. Your mom loved you girls so much. I pray you keep her memory and traditions going to keep her memory with you all forever. My favorite memory of your mom was one night we had all gone to dinner at the Downtowner. We were waiting on the check and the waitress was not coming so after a little bit your mom started waving her hand in the air. She was saying toodaloo toodaloo and all us kids were just laughing and laughing then our mom's started laughing because she was really wanting to say you who to get her attention. She was always so much fun. We will all miss her. Love you and praying for you all, Mandy Emrick

Mandy Huber Emrick Jan 17 2016 12:00 AM

To Randy and the Dynes family, We were very saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Annette.While we met her only once, at Lauren and Taylor's wedding, she seemed like a very caring and nice person.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.May you find peace and comfort in the love of your family and friends. Doug and Pam Barhorst (Lauren's parents)

Doug and Pam Barhorst Jan 17 2016 12:00 AM

I met Annette twenty-seven years ago when she was filling out an application for employment at Garden Manor.She was there for me through a lot of tough times in my life.I miss her so much already.May God comfort her family and friends.

Dianne Brown Jan 17 2016 12:00 AM

John and Donetta, What can we possibly say that would be meaningful at a time like this? Our oldest daughter is about the same age as Annette and we can't imagine what it would feel like to lose her. You are in our prayers. Tom and Polly

Tom and Polly Watkins Jan 16 2016 12:00 AM

Annette's Family, My heart breaks that my best friend of 50 years has been taken from this life.I'm thankful that on Dec 20, we were in church together and prayed together.She is deeply missed! Praying that God's peace will be with her family and friends.

Karen Halsey Jan 16 2016 12:00 AM

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