On Oct. 28, 2007, Desta Buretta Gouge Salyers, 85, relocated to her newly decorated and longingly awaited home in Heaven. She was born in Coeburn, Va., and relocated to the Castalia/Sandusky area. Her last earthly residence was Monroeville.
Salvation by grace now allows her to bow at the feet of and touch the nail-scarred hands of her wonderful Master and Savior Jesus Christ. A reunion is currently being held in her honor. Her husband Worley Martin Salyers, who relocated to heaven in 1997, and her son, Wendell Anderson Salyers in 1945, have been anxiously awaiting her arrival. Other heavenly guests include her parents, Mattie and John Gouge; sisters, Leefie, Lelia, Ardelia, Eula, Orlena, Goldie and Suzie; and bothers, Arnold, Carmel and Troy; a granddaughter, Kristen Marie Ledwell, and a great granddaughter, Erin Lee Lochotzki, are very happy to have her with them again.
A devoted believer in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Desta has consistently prayed for friends and family members, all of whom she hopes will someday join her. She leaves behind a son, Gerald (Wendy) Salyers of Sandusky; two daughters, Lillian (Arnold) Graves of Monroeville and Dorothy Faye (Donald) Ledwell of Coeburn; grandsons, Jason (Kelly) Salyers of Castalia, Michael (Natalie) Graves of Shelby, Ohio, and Brian Ledwell of Oshkosh, Wis.; granddaughters, Sarah (Aaron) Lochotzki of Sandusky and Kristi Graves of Monroeville; and great-grandchildren, Hunter and Isaac Lochotzki of Sandusky.
Desta retired from Decko Products in Sandusky where she made many friends. Brothers and sisters in Christ from both Wayside Temple in Castalia and Pine Grove Church in Coeburn will miss the kind and caring love she spread throughout the church and community. Family members will be forever grateful for the friendship and support from caretakers of Heartland Hospice of Tiffin, Ohio, who helped make Desta's last days very special. The love, phone calls and visits from friends and family members helped to make her last days more pleasant.
Desta's earthly body will be shown from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Sturgill Funeral Home, where services will follow immediately. Burial will be Friday morning in the Gouge Cemetery, Coeburn.
Desta did not want her move to bring grieving hearts, for she now has a new body free from pain and suffering. She invites each of her friends and loved ones to live with the expectancy of joining her in her new home, the Kingdom of Heaven, where she now resides. Desta's lifelong legacy was to "Love One Another," for without this you cannot love God, and without the love of God, you cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven.