Lilly E. (Morrison) Ocheltree

September 29, 1924 ‒ May 29, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

Bellville:  Lilly E. (Morrison) Ocheltree, 94 years young, went home to be with her Lord Wednesday, May 29, 2019 after a brief stay at the Lexington Court Care Center.

She was born September 29, 1924 in Newville, West Virginia, to Cecil and Olive Wanda Morrison.  Lilly was one of 10 children.  As a young lady she stayed with and worked for several families in the area.  She took care of their homes and children.

At the age of 15 she gave her life to Christ and served Him almost 80 years.

She met her future husband, Olen C. Ocheltree while shredding sugar cane.  He thought she was the prettiest girl he ever laid eyes on.  After he served our country in World War II, they married December 23, 1946.  The couple moved to Ohio and eventually settled in the home where she presently lived.  Lilly worked over 30 years at the former Essex Wire in Lexington.  She would say her main job was caring for her husband and children and mentoring to many.

Together they raised 5 children who will try to carry on her faith, her character, and to serve others; Bill and Kim Ocheltree of Bellville, Sharon and Carnell Bailey of Edison, Carleen and Chuck Wilson of Butler, Gary and Sandy Ocheltree of Bellville, and David and Rayann Ocheltree of Bellville. With those 5 children came numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren who where her pride and joy and will continue her legacy.   Also surviving are two sisters Betty Parker and Joretta Walton both of Bellville and a brother Chuck Morrison of Newark.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Olen in 2010.

A graveside service will be held Saturday afternoon June 1, 2019 at 2 pm in Oak Grove Memorial Park.  The Rev. Dr. Michael Stine will officiate.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is assisting the family with services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clear Fork Alliance Church, 1008 State Route 97, Bellville, Ohio 44813.

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  • What a wonderful aunt and a great example to us all. I had the privilege of her riding to work with me for a period of time. That time spent between her work place and mine was a very precious sharing time. I never saw aunt Lily in anything but a positive mood. I truly loved her and she was never shy about letting me know that she loved me. I’m truly sorry I will not be in Ohio for her services, but I know we will see each other in heaven one day. To you her children and my cousins you have been blessed to have such a wonderful mother that was blessed with a great long life to share and love. I smile when I think of her because she always smiled when we saw each other.

  • Sending love and prayers to all the family. Lilly was Mom’s first cousin (Betty Burson(Nicholas), and we wrote back and forth. She was a very special person. I love her family. Esther(Burson) Hacker

  • Aunt Lilly was a beautiful person both inside and out. She was blessed to live a good long life. She was a strong Christian which showed through very clearly in her daily walk with the Lord. We feel blessed to have known her and to have received the love she gave so generously. We know there was a big reunion up in Heaven where she was welcomed by all those who went on before her. We are praying for all of the family at this time. May God bless you and comfort you. Al and Shelb

  • Dave and rayann, Brant and I are so sorry for your loss, praying for you and your family

    • Bryant and Ruth,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers.They are greatly appreciated.

  • I am certainly blessed to have made the acquaintance of sweet Miss Lilly … She wore such a warm smile upon her face that it brought a smile to my heart when I had the pleasure to see it… May her family feel His Peace & comfort at this most difficult time of her passing…

  • Aunt Lilly was a beautiful woman. She was always so generous and with open arms to all of us. She meant a lot to mom and will be greatly missed but always remembered. Prayers for the family.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! I remember her from high school when Carleen and I were in high school together. She always had a smile and a very humble spirit and I remember her laugh, soft and infectious. Love you all and pray for peace.

  • Love and prayers for your wonderful family. I remember meeting her while in HS with Sharon.
    David’s wife is my cousin, as well. I pray for the peace of God to surround you all. It’s certainly a comfort to know she’s with her Lord, waiting for each of you.

  • Bill, Sharon, Carleen, Gary, David and your families;
    I am saddened to learn of your mother’s death. I remember she was always kind and sweet when either I was visiting your home or seeing her at activities at Northmor.
    I pray that God will surround and uphold each of you in His loving arms. May God give each family member His comfort when you feel lonely and His strength when you feel weak.
    May God fill your hearts with His peace in the weeks and months ahead.

  • Sincerest condolences to the entire Ocheltree Family on the loss of their Matriarch, Lily Ocheltree. Being from New England, I met Lilly on two occasions and enjoyed every minute of her company. She was a lovely and gracious woman with a keen sense of humor. Heaven has gained an Angel in Lily. Fly with the Angels, Lily and may you Rest in Peace!

  • Love the pictures! Olen was right, she was a beautiful woman! We will miss her in the family.

  • Brant and Ruth,
    Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers.They are greatly appreciated.

  • Dear Sharon and siblings,
    I don’t recall meeting/knowing your mother, but upon reading about her and what others have said, I can see why I loved being with you in school and on the bus Sharon.
    It seems you absorbed her sweet spirit and heart that welcomes others in.
    I did not realize/recall she worked along with raising 5 kids so I see now why I did not cross her path often.
    You have much to grieve in seeing her pass on, but likely so much to cherish from your life with her.

    Very, very sincerely,
    Lois (Myers) Belohlavek

  • So sorry for you loss. I had the privilege of meeting her several times during my school years. Very wonderful woman whom loved her family and God. Her faith was strong. To my wonderful friend Sharon, I feel your loss. Know I love you and your strong faith. May God comfort you all.