Lodena Estella Littleton

January 29, 1926 ‒ June 09, 2014

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Lodena Estella Littleton went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday afternoon June 9, 2014 in Country Meadow Care Center. She was 88.

Born January 29, 1926 in Smokey Valley, KY she was the only child of the late James A. & Bessie (Hall) Gillam. On June 14, 1942 she married Ersel Littleton and together lived in the Bellville area most of their married life.

She took a job working at J.C. Penney’s for a few years and in her spare time she enjoyed gardening and planting flowers, feeding the birds, crocheting, and quilting. Above all, she adored her grandchildren and loved spending time with them.

Lodena was a faithful member of Bellville Freewill Baptist Church and she cherished her church family.

In addition to her loving husband of (almost) 72 years, Ersel Littleton of Bellville, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: Larry & Melva Littleton of Bellville and Don & Jeannie Littleton of Mansfield; five grandchildren (and spouses): Doug (Sally) Littleton, Dwight Littleton, Tammy (Ronald) Hicks, Don (Chris) Littleton, Jr., and Rick (Stacy) Littleton; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson David J. Littleton and a great-grandson Scott Littleton.

Friends are encouraged to call 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Bellville Freewill Baptist Church, 294 Honey Creek Rd E in Bellville, where her funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Pastor Paul Staton will officiate assisted by Pastor Bruce Copley and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or Bellville Freewill Baptist Church and sent in the care of the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Lodena’s family and you may view her tribute video, share a memory, or post a condolence at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Ersel & Family,
    It was an honor to meet with you and your sons today. What an inspiration to hear about your 72 year marriage (all because you met at a pie auction in your youth)! Lodena was a special lady and I thank you for trusting me with such an important event.
    Hannah Snyder, funeral director

  • Pa Paw and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Granny was a special lady and I always remember her fondly and with a smile. I remember our visits and am lucky to have been apart of her family. Prayers for you all!


  • I work at Country Meadow Care Center and was saddened to hear of denas passing. I work minimal hours there but she was one of my residents. She was a spitfire who always kept us on our toes! It won’t be the same there without her.
    God Bless!

  • To all the Littleton family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Deanie was a wonderful Christian woman and will be missed. She has left a wonderful legacy for her family. I am praying for you all.


  • Littleton Family so sorry for your loss…. Sister Littleton was the kindest, loving woman I know… Heaven sure gained a Precious Angel….


  • Granny was an amazing woman and I’m so sorry my mom and I won’t be there for her funeral. I’m not good at this kind of thing so I’m not sure what to say but I’ll be keeping Granny in my thoughts and I hope Papaw’s doing well. I really wish I could be there with everyone.

    Love you all,

  • Sorry to hear of the death of your mother. I have never seen the video on line before. I really enjoyed watching it. What a wonderful way to celebrate her

  • Ersel,Larry,Don&families; I am at a loss for words at this time, but you who know me know me know how I feel and what my heart wants to say —–please know you have my deepest heartfelt sympathy, love and prayers–May God be with all of you and give you the strength and courage to face the difficult days ahead–I love all of you,Sarah Jane

  • We all loved granny very much, but even in the darkest of timess I was told she was happy so let’s be happy for her. When you think about it. It’s like god saying he needs another angle. I think I speak for everyone when I say granny is in our thoughts and harts.