Louise Elizabeth Haley

June 06, 1910 ‒ June 03, 2019

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Caledonia, Ohio

Louise Elizabeth Haley, age 108, of Claridon, Ohio, died Monday, June 3, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family just three days shy of the day that held so much significance throughout her life, her birthday.  She would have been 109 on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

On June 6, 1910, Louise was born in Claridon, Ohio, with her twin brother, Lowell, the daughter of the late William Morrow and Florence Elizabeth (Irey) Williams.  She graduated from Claridon High School on her birthday, June 6, 1928.

Louise furthered her education at Bowling Green Normal School, where she earned her Elementary Education Degree graduating on her birthday, June 6, 1930.

Growing up in Claridon, Louise had a lifelong connection with a young man from church and school, William M. Haley.  After school their courtship began and eventually they were married on her birthday, June 6, 1934, in Kirkpatrick, Ohio.  They shared fifty seven wonderful years of marriage and lovingly raised four daughters: Jane, Jean, Joan, and Janet.  He preceded her in death on March 20, 1992.

In addition to being a loving homemaker, Louise was a school teacher for twenty five years for the Claridon and River Valley Elementary Schools.  She enjoyed teaching second graders until her retirement, again on her birthday, June 6, 1975.  She also was the first to help William on the farm whenever an extra hand was needed.

A woman of deep faith, Louise was a lifelong member of the Claridon United Methodist Church, where she helped in any capacity she was needed and enjoyed serving in their Ladies Aid Quilting Group.  She also was a member of United Methodist Women, Cpt. William Hendricks Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (N.S.D.A.R), Cpt. Francis Drake Chapter of Ohio of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Marion City / County Retired Teachers Association, Marion County Historical Society, First Families of Marion County, and the Bowling Green Alumni Association.

Sharing a love for traveling, Louise and William enjoyed traveling across all of the 48 continental United States together.  They were also snowbirds, wintering in Venice, Florida, and Rock Port, Texas, for many years.

Throughout her life, Louise enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, quilting, reading, collecting cardinals, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, jigsaw puzzles, and playing Dominos and solitaire with her family.  But her greatest joys came from her family, as she cherished every moment spent with her daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  She especially loved going to as many of her grandchildren’s events as she could, for as long as she could.

Louise was one of the sweetest people you could have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  She was a quiet, soft hearted woman, who didn’t have it in her heart to ever say a cross word about anyone because she always saw the best in you.  Despite her quiet nature, she could be direct and expertly taught her classrooms of as many as 47 children at one time.

She will be missed by her four daughters: Jane (Robert) Miller of Crestline, Jean (Steve) Lemke, Joan Shelton, and Janet (Tom) Kightlinger, all three of Marion; six grandchildren: Elizabeth (Mark) Smith, Mark (Terri) Lemke, Lee (Becky) Lemke, Shelly (Robert) Bunch, Jim (Tina) Kightlinger, and Matt (Kim) Kightlinger; sixteen great-grandchildren: Dylan Smith, Tyler (Sabrina) Smith, Katelyn Smith, Corey (Kate) Lemke, Kyle (Taurey) Lemke, Keith (Kaitlin) Lemke, Troy (Karlee) Lemke, Renee Lemke, Laura Lemke, Andrew Snoke, Ashley Snoke, Kade Ross, Zach (Brittany) Ross, Machenzie Kightlinger, Jack Kightlinger, and Kristy Kightlinger; seven great-great-grandchildren: Lincoln Smith, Lorenzo Smith, Rowan Lemke, Weston Lemke, Kennedy Lemke, Cameron Ross, and Ava Ross; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Louise was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Eddie Shelton; a grandson, Richard Miller; and four siblings: Margaret (Charles) Haughn, her twin Lowell (Mary Jo) Williams, Irey (Susan) Williams and Loren Williams.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring her life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, at the Claridon United Methodist Church, 4834 Marion Mount Gilead Rd (St Rt 95), Marion, with Pastors Stanley Lawrence and Terry Burkhardt officiating.  Burial will follow in Claridon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Claridon UMC, in care of the Snyder Funeral Home, Denzer Chapel, 360 E. Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302 or to the Marion Community Foundation, c/o Eddie Shelton Agricultural Scholarship Fund, 504 S. State St., Marion, OH 43302.

Louise’s family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to their Joyce’s Angels Lisa, Julie and Linda for their loving care of their mother.  Also, to OhioHealth Hospice’s nurses and volunteers for their tender care during her final months, weeks and days.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Louise’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Janet and Joan, and all the family.
    I’m sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. At 108 there’s not much more to hope for…except passing on your birthday! She almost made that, didn’t she. I’m so sorry I’ll be out of town during visitation and funeral We all loved your Mom. You had to share her. The only school teacher my Mom snd I could say we shared.
    Trisha Bell Bishop

  • Each week for several of my grade school years I took piano lessons from Mrs. Haley’s oldest daughter after school at their home. After the lesson, Joan (my classmate for 12 years) and I would play outside or listen to 45 rmp records. A very special memory occurred in their barnyard on one of those late afternoons. Mrs. Haley pointed our attention upwards to a strange disc shaped object moving in an arc across the sky. She identified the event as our seeing a “UFO.” Later that same week the Marion Star Newspaper reported that boys on the Pleasant High School baseball team had reported seeing a flying saucer on the same evening at about the same time while practicing ball.

    It is difficult to express “sympathy” when a wonderful family experiences the passing of their senior matriarch who has lived an exemplary life. I am reminded that they are surrounded by the angels.

  • To all the Haleys,
    What a blessing it was to a young couple such as we were to have neighbors like Louise and Bill Haley and their lovely family. Irene and I moved to a neighboring residence in 1949. So much wisdom we learned about raising a family from them as we kept in touch though the years. Such a great blessing the Lord has given you to be part of this family.
    Blessings to all, Jim Foster
    (former vo-ag teacher at Claridon)

  • So many memories of Mrs. Haley. She was my favorite teacher. I send my condolence to her family and May this beautiful sweet Lady Rest In Peace 🙏❤️

  • Mrs Haley was a wonderful teacher and person. She was liked by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. May she rest in peace. She will be missed.

  • Coach & Jane:

    With deepest sympathy we offer your entire family our condolences in the loss of your mother. What an astonishing legacy she leaves behind. It has been quite a blessing for all of you to enjoy such a wonderful woman for such a long time. A blessing from God for sure. She is without doubt in Gods arms now. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Dear Joan and all the Haley family

    My sincere condolences to you all on the passing of your mother. It is amazing that she reached such an age as almost 109. She would have seen so many incredible changes in her lifetime. She has certainly left a wonderful legacy.

    Sue Crum Clifford
    One of Joan’s classmates

  • Our condolence to the family. Even at 108 it was still a shock to hear the news. A life well-lived. We should all be so lucky to live so long ,so healthy , doing so many wonderful things for so many people, and surrounded by such a wonderful family. Kaye & my thoughts will be with you during this time.

  • Mrs. Haley was my second grade teacher at Claridon. What an impact she made on my young life! Always such a caring teacher. I have fond memories of show and tell, making bird feeders (which we proceeded to hang just outside the classroom windows to watch,) and many wonderful learning experiences that she brought into her classroom. Mrs. Haley was a real source of comfort for a little girl who struggled to fit in at school. May your memories bring comfort to you. What a sweet soul heaven has gained. Rest In Peace.

  • My heart is saddened and also filled with joy for Louise.Claridon being a small farm community, you knew everyone. I didn’t have Louise for 2nd grade. I had More. Fight but Louise was a mentor in my life. Whether it was school activities, neighboring or church. She was a solid rock to depend on. The last time I saw Louise I was home visiting and saw her at Claridon United Methodist Church. She had just turned 102. Louise has left her mark on many lives and now she will be walking with Jesus. God bless you Louise and your family.

  • It is with deep sadness to learn of Louise’s passing. She was remarkable woman to all who had the privilege to have known her. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends.

  • Life to within three days of 109 years old! What a wonderful life and legacy is left by Mrs. Haley. Treasure your memories.

  • The Vernon Chapman family sends our sincere condolences to your family for the passing of Mrs Haley who showed our family so much kindness. We just recently heard of her passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Charlotte and all enjoyed the family photos posted on the Snyder website. She had such a wonderful full life and you were blessed to have her so many years.