Lily O’Quin

November 16, 1933 ‒ December 20, 2015

Centerburg, Ohio

Lily O’Quin, age 82, of Centerburg died unexpectedly, Sunday, December 20, 2015 at her home.

She was born on November 16, 1933 in Council, Virginia the daughter of the late Spencer and Rosie Inez (Johnson) Tiller.

On August 11, 1952 she married Floyd A. O’Quin in Grundy, Virginia.  They spent 59 years together as husband and wife until his passing on January 24, 2012.

She worked as a custodian for Highland Local Schools for 10 years until her retirement in 1997.

Lily was a previous volunteer and board member for Whetstone Industries and School.

She loved to read and would get lost in anything she could get her hands on; novels to science to history, Lily was constantly educating herself.  That trait carried over to responsibilities around the house as well.  While Floyd was busy financially providing for the family, Lily was left to her own devices taking care of the children and their home.  This meant, if the toilet needed fixed, the car needed the occasional oil change, or she needed to be on a ladder for one job or another she would figure it out and do it herself.  Frugal by nature, Lily felt that was the only way to do things.

She was a huge sports fan, particularly football and more specifically Buckeye football.  Her knowledge of the sport would rival anyone.  She was also on her girl’s high school basketball team in Council, Virginia.  A team, she believed to be one of the first woman’s programs ever.

Lily gardened, canned, sewed, and apparently was an avid cleaner; wearing out numerous vacuum cleaners over the years.  The boys remembered early Saturday mornings being awoken by their mom and the vacuum cleaner.  The earlier dad left for work those mornings, the earlier the cleaning began.

Nothing was more important to Lily than her family and many of her “hobbies” were examples of her dedication to them.  Throughout the growth of her children, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren she rarely, if ever, missed a sporting or school event.  All her children and many of the grandchildren owned a quilt made by Lily, each with a special theme.  She also loved to cook and one of her great joys was gathering her family together around the table.  She also wanted generations to come to know the family lineage and even created a book tracing the O’Quin family back 100 years.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter: Karen (Mark Stack) O’Quin of Buffalo, New York; sons: Louie (Andrea S.) of Phoenix, Arizona., Michael (Andrea L.) of Mount Gilead, Patrick (Kelly) of Cardington, Kenneth (Jeanette) of Williamsport, Ohio; grandchildren: Christopher (Jamie), Karen (Dan), Stuart (Candy), Cassandra, Kathleen (Chris), Kevin, Brittany, Lindsey, Keith, Megan, Emily, Hayden; great grandchildren: Hannah, Garrett, and Ebben; brothers, Barney and Dewey Tiller both of Honaker, Virginia; and sisters-in-law, Chloe, Fayrene, Sue, Juanita, and Nancy.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her daughter: Brenda O’Quin; brothers John Henry, James, William, and Ted Tiller; and sisters Margaret Elswick, Martha Tiller, and Nancye Jackson.

Friends may call on the family on Saturday, December 26, 2015 from 2-5 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Funeral services will be held there on Monday at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Erin Porter officiating.  Burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Whetstone Industries and School, 440 West Douglas Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Lily’s family.  Special memories and condolences may be shared with them at

  • A life well lived. May Lily’s legacy live strong in her family for many generations. Sincere condolences for Karen O’Quin and her family.

  • Lily was a great example of love. She will be missed by many. You have our sympathy and prayers.

  • I have so many fond memories of Aunt Lily. My sisters and I would get so excited when Daddy (Lily’s baby brother) would say let’s get ready and go to Ohio. We would get on Daddy’s nerves wanting to know how much longer…….he started driving it at night so us girls would sleep thru the trip (hehe).
    Every time I get a glass of milk out of the refrigerator, I think about how Lily would try to get us girls to drink “real cows milk”. We only liked the store bought milk, she even got a jug from the store and switched the milk out, but there was no fooling us girls. She would laugh and call us city girls.
    It was always a pleasure to be around her and here her stories of her and my dads younger days. I could sit and listened to her for hours, she would captivate me with her story telling abilities.
    My prayers and thoughts go out to Karen, Lou, Mike, Pat, Kenny and the rest of the family. Love you all so very much – be thankful for the memories!

  • I don’t even know what to say, my sister DeVee wrote what I feel also, the one thing I can add about those trips every year to Ohio (from Virginia) is that I would cry for miles down the road when we left. I even begged Daddy to move to Ohio. As a child, I thought all you had to do is want something bad enough and Daddy could make it happen (didn’t think about him having to find a job, buy a house etc). That’s how much love I felt in Uncle Floyd and Aunt Lily, Uncle Bill and Aunt Chloe’s house (for those that don’t know, they all lived side by side). All 12 of us kids (sometimes even more) would gather at one house or the other to play. I’m sure we must have gotten on her nerves, but Aunt Lily never let on. Her kids surely got by with a little more than usual since their VA. cousins were there. I just talked to Aunt Lily last Saturday. She called me during the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh football game. As soon as I answered the phone, she said it’s half time so I thought I would call to wish you a Merry Christmas. Well, once we got to yakking, it ended up being a hour. She would talk about her kids, grandkids and great grandkids. She was SO proud of all of you and your accomplishments. She loved you all with all her being. If I can live my life and be 1/2 the woman she was, I couldn’t ask for anything more. I love you and thanks for loving me. Rest in Peace, Aunt Lily, don’t be getting into trouble with Daddy and the rest and I’ll see you when the Lord calls me!!!

  • Lily’s son Mike O’Quin and his wife Andrea are both a very loved part of our staff at All Occasions, and we were very saddened to hear of Lily’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and Andrea and all of their family members. Please know we are all thinking of you!

    – Hal and Angela Clase (owners), and the All Occasions Catering Family

  • I really don’t know what to say about that wonderful lady. LILY and Brenda never missed a football game or,wrestling meet .She will be missed by a lot of people.

    You are all in our pray’s, love you all Kathy and Bob Adams

  • Dearest Karen, Please know that during these times of sorrow there are friends at Buffalo State who will always be there for you. My and Geri’s deepest condolences.

  • This is Connie Monk Dye daughter of Goldie Tiller Monk , Lily’s first cousin. As I know it I have never met her but I have had some long phone calls with her over the don’t have to see someone face to face to know that person is a good person…you just wanted to talk and talk and more than that you wanted to listen to her sweet voice….I want to convey my sympathy and prayers on behalf of Mom and myself as she is not able at this time…so very sorry for your loss of your precious Mother….CONNIE DYE

  • I would like to express my sympathy to all of Lilys children , grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Ive known Lily for many years and I feel blessed to have known her. She always sent me a christmas card even though Ive been divorced from Billy alll these years weve stayed in touch. She had a beautiful loving soul. Shell be truely missed.

  • We were so sorry to hear of the passing if Lily! What a wonderful, devoted, hard working woman. For sure she loved her children and family for the many years we worked together the sparkle in her eye would brighten when she began to talk of them. Her presence in the school was a blessing. We are thankful for the time we spent with Lily and send our condolences as you celebrate her life.

  • I worked with Lily her 10 years at Highland!She was a very special woman.I learned so much from her.She was always inventing things to make our job easier.She was amazing!We are all blessed to have known her.I cried all the way home the night she retired! Floyd and Brenda better behave now ! Will always treasure the friendship we had. RIP Lilly!