Leola “Lee” Beatty

February 05, 1920 ‒ May 03, 2018

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Leola “Lee” Beatty, age 98, of Mount Gilead, passed away Thursday morning, May 3, 2018, at the Woodside Village Care Center.

On February 5, 1920, Lee was born in Marion County, the daughter of the late Frederick H. and Mary M. (Fisher) Geckley.

Lee’s life forever changed on a blind date in 1937 when she met the love of her life, Walter Raymond Beatty.  After a short eight month courtship, the two were married on August 21, 1937 at the Lutheran Parsonage in Cardington.  Together they raised three children and were blessed with almost 75 wonderful years of marriage.

“Most of the footprints left in the sand of time are left by work shoes” – Lee Beatty

Lee and Walter started their journey together at the Wornstaff Hotel in Cardington where they lived for a short time before moving to Marengo. Her first job was at the Florence Pottery Factory in Mount Gilead. Shortly after, World War II called many women into the war efforts and Lee served as a “Rosie the Riveter”.  In 1947, the family moved to Homer Fuller’s farm, just east of Pagetown as a job for Walter.  They stayed there until 1952 when he took a job with North American and moved the family from the farm to town.  It was then when Lee started to work for Ranco as an inspector. She later went on to work for Ohio Arundale as an inspector of which she retired from in 1982.  In 1980, Lee and Walter moved to Mount Gilead, which became their final move.

“Life is like a ten speed bicycle: most of us have gears we’ve never used”- Lee Beatty

When Lee wasn’t working hard to provide for her family she often would quilt. She enjoyed making pillows, as well as, quilts and in 2005 was honored as quilter of the year for the Morrow County Quilting Guild. Lee also enjoyed making crafts and especially liked creating stumpkins.

Lee will be dearly missed by her daughters: Mary Muretta Roth of Clearwater, FL, Beth Ann (Charles) Simpson of Mount Gilead; a daughter-in-law, Rebecca Beatty of Westerville; eight grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents; she was preceded in death by her son, Arnold R. “Buzz” Beatty; a son-in-law, Paul Roth; one brother, Ray Geckley; two sisters: Doonna Calbert and Joan Miller; and a step brother, Floyd Mailey.

You cannot say, you must not say

That she is dead. She is just away!

With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,

She has wandered into an unknown land.

And left us dreaming how very fair

It needs must be, since she lingers there.

So think of her faring on, as dear

In the love of there as the love of here;

Think of her still as the same, I say;

She is not dead, she is just away!

The Beatty family will greet friends from 2 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead)  A Celebration of Life Service will take place immediately following at 3 p.m. with Celebrant Galen McLeod officiating.  Burial will follow at Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mt. Gilead, OH 43338.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Lee’s family and you may share your condolences with them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

  • Beth and family, we are sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I enjoyed her so much when Ryan was just a little guy and I took care of him. She was such a sweet lady that loved life and her family.

  • To the family of Lee I am saddened to read of her passing. I always enjoyed taking care of her and Raymond at woodside when I worked there they were always smiling and telling jokes with me when I was there. I enjoyed them both. May you find peace in comfort in this time of sorrow. Prayers and thoughts for you all.

  • Beth Ann, I’m so sorry about your mother. She was always so sweet to me when Garnet and I were at your home. Hugs and prayers. God Bless, Cherie