Lila L. Hord

June 14, 1931 ‒ April 11, 2021

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Lila L. Hord, age 89, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital with her loving family by her side following a brief illness.

On June 14, 1931, Lila was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, the youngest of three children of the late Morris V. and Lillian M. (Williams) Koon.  She graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 1949.

During school, Lila fell for one of her classmates, Dale L. Hord, who eventually became her high school sweetheart.  Shortly after graduating, they were married on February 12, 1950, and they shared 59 wonderful years together.  He preceded her in death on March 13, 2009.

In addition to being a loving homemaker, Lila was the bookkeeper for her husband’s family business, Hord Oil, in both Mount Gilead and Marion.  She also was a member of the Forest Lawn Presbyterian Church.

Sharing a love of traveling, Lila and Dale started their adventures with tent camping around Ohio.  They eventually upgraded to an RV, traveling to see much of the United States.  In the mid 1980’s, they officially became residents of Florida, living at various spots along the gulf during their 25 years there.  Just six weeks ago, she even spent time with her three kids in Florida, making cherished memories.  She truly loved the beach, and collecting sea shells.  She also enjoyed quilting, crossword puzzles, and bowling in her younger days.

The rock of the family, Lila was a strong and independent woman who always persevered through life’s challenges.  She overcame two bouts with cancer: breast cancer in 2001 and colon cancer in 2006; and she rebounded from a stroke in the spring of 2019; .  She also was the caregiver for her husband in his years of declining health.

Left to cherish her memory are three children: Deb (Dave) Gwinner, Bob Hord, both of Marion, and Chris (Bob) Shelton, Lewis Center; seven grandchildren: Kris Gwinner, Newnan, GA, Craig Gwinner, Marion, Andy (Katie) Hord, Ava Maria, FL, Ryan (Karamie) Hord, Marion, Lindsay (Steve) Cole, Sunbury, Kim (Anthony) Miller, Galena, and Rob (Kasey) Shelton, Columbus; eleven great-grandchildren: Jillian, Mia, Grant, and Sloane Miller, Galena, Camden Shelton, Columbus, Rylie Gwinner, Marion, Jase and Van Hord, Marion, Nicholas and Aubrianna Hord, Ava Maria, FL, Leo Cole, Sunbury, and they just found out baby boy Shelton to arrive in September; numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends, especially Ellen Shaw and Pat Irons.

Including her husband and parents, Lila was preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Phillips; brother, Morris Koon; nephew, Mark Koon; and great-grandson, Brayden Miller.

For everyone’s safety, services will be observed privately by her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Providence Therapeutic Equestrian Center, 5133 Stauffer Rd., Morral, OH 43337, who have provided a wonderful place for her great-grandson, Jase Hord, to enjoy riding horses.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Lila’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Sending prayers to you and your family. My Dad often spoke of Dale and Lila and shared stories of when they were in Lions Club together, I believe.
    The Ray Weston families

  • Lila was a special lady and she will be missed by many. I was very lucky to have been allowed so many memories with her and Dale and their children.

  • So sorry to hear of Lilas passing, our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
    Ryan & Jo Weston

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Lila was an amazing person. She as well as your father and your family, will always hold a special place in my heart. Such wonderful and beautiful memories when I think of all of you!
    I always looked forward to her hand written notes telling me all about your family.
    I still have the note she sent me about how excited my Dad was about our adoption of Zoë.
    Much love to all of you!

  • Sending love and prayers to you from the family of Mary Jane and Frank Phillips.

  • Deb and Dave, please accept our condolences at the passing of you mom. We will be praying for the Peace of Christ to be with you and your family. Rev. David and Jan Lippert

  • My condolences to the family. I came to know Lila when my daughter married into your family. She was the sweetest lady and will very much be missed by all.

  • Deb, Dave, and family I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I can remember your Mother from the days of growing up in Mt Gilead, although she was older than I. I can remember what a bright, happy go lucky person she was back then even though I am almost 10 years younger. May she rest in our Saviour’s arms and may you and your family be comforted by the special memories you have shared through the years!

  • Deb, Bob, Chris & Families – So very sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing, she was truly a special lady and will be missed by many. Hugs & prayers

  • So sorry to hear of Lila’s passing. I had the honor of quilting many of her quilts for her over the years. She made beautiful quilts.

  • To the family of Lila,
    My sympathy to your family during her passing. I don’t have the contact with my father’s family since his passing many years ago and I was interested to learn through this obituary that there are some cousins still in the area. My father was Melvin Kightlinger who’s mother would have been Grandpa Morris Koon’s sister. I knew the younger Morris Koon while living in Galion OH.
    Carol Kightlinger Navin

  • To Lila’s family,
    I have many fond memories of fun times spent with Dale and Lila at Ridgedale Lions activities…camp outs, conventions, picnics. Jim and I were so blest to have them as friends. They were kind and caring and fun to be with. My sympathy on Lila’s passing. Sincerely, Pat Rohler