November 16, 1933 ‒ December 20, 2015
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 snyderfuneralhomes.com.