Leila J. ‘Lee’ Galloway

July 31, 1929 ‒ July 28, 2015

Marion, Ohio

Leila J. “Lee” Galloway, of Marion, died peacefully Tuesday evening, July 28, 2015, at Heartland of Marion following a brief illness.  She was just a few days shy of her 86th birthday.

On July 31, 1929, Lee was born in Radnor, Ohio, one of four children of the late Allen and Florence (Best) Cryder.  She was raised in Marion, Ohio, and graduated from Harding High School in the class of 1947.  She then furthered her education earning a degree from the Marion Business College.

Shortly following school, Lee was introduced to a young gentleman, Kenneth Galloway, by her good friend, Florence Wright.  From there, the rest was history.  They were married on July 13, 1957.  They shared over thirty six loving years of marriage.  He preceded her in death on April 19, 1993.

Lee worked in the insurance industry with various companies for over 40 years, finishing her career with Scharer Insurance in 1998.  Her focus was property and casualty insurance.

A woman of faith, Lee was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church.

Always up for an adventure, Lee loved to go on family vacations to the beach or state parks.  She also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and watching cooking and court shows on tv.  Lee had a very fun loving, silly and spunky personality.  She truly loved life and cherished all the little things.

Warm hearted, Lee cared deeply for everyone, especially her beloved family, and would do anything for anyone.  Lee truly lived for her family, and cherished every moment spent with her children and grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Tami (Chapman) Galloway; four grandchildren: Matthew (Kim) Newell, Douglas Newell, Mollee (Luiyi Nunez) Galloway and Mallory Galloway; a great-grandson, Conner; two sisters-in-law: Joanne Galloway and Trudy Galloway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Lee was preceded in death by her son, Michael Newell; and three siblings: Norman Cryder, Lavon Raidel and Barbara Cryder.

Lee would have appreciated a big birthday celebration, so her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on her 86th birthday, Friday, July 31st, at the Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home, 347 W. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring her life will also be held there at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, with Rev. Daniel Kiger officiating.  Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Also, everyone is welcome and encouraged to wear bright colors in her memory.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marion County 4-H, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Lee’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Kevin, Tami, and girls,

    I am so sorry to hear of Lee’s death. It was a privilege to know her and work with her. You will be in my thoughts.

    Susan Wenig

  • It was always a joy to be able to visit with Grandma Lee. She made every visit such a fun time! Lee will surely be missed. Praying for the family.

  • Praying for the Galloway and Newell families. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Hold tight to the lovely memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Our deepest condolences at the loss of your mother and grandmother. We deeply regret missing the celebrations of her life and the funeral;we were not aware of her passing. I think I can speak for my brothers and sister as we remember our “Aunt Leila” as a cheerful, and entertaining lady who always made us and our mom (Lavon) laugh and feel at home when she was around. May you all find peace at this time.

  • I just learned of Aunt Leila’s passing and was sorry to hear it. Unfortunately, the only contact we had in recent years was to exchange Christmas cards. Growing up she would visit my Mother (her sister), Richardine (Cryder) Benson. I remember those fun times as a family. When I worked at a small grocery store in the 1960’s on Church Street Aunt Leila would stop in often and we would visit for long periods. She was always upbeat, cheerful, and a joy to be around. We emailed each other for a short time after her son, Mike, passed away, but after that we had little contact. I regret not keeping in touch with her. My condolences to the family. After seeing the video, I know see was a loving Mother and Grandmother. May God grant you comfort at this difficult time.