Luella L. Yarnell

May 27, 1929 ‒ January 14, 2016

Lewis Center, Ohio

Luella Martin Yarnell, age 86, of Lewis Center, Orange Township historian and community matron passed away at home Thursday, January 14, 2016 surrounded by those whom she loved.

Born May 27, 1929 at the family home in Westerville, the only child of the late E. Stanley and Evadell (Grove) Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Carroll F. Yarnell Jr. in 2014, eldest son, Alan C. Yarnell and cousin Letha Annette.

She graduated from Orange Township School in 1948 and Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) in 1952 with a degree in education. She taught in the Olentangy Local Schools until her retirement in 1986. From her experience in education, Luella was direct in nature and championed the underdog.

She was active in the Orange School Alumni Association. She was instrumental in the organization of the Delaware County Council for Older Adults now SourcePoint.  In 2012 she was recognized for her 20 years of service to the organization including serving as president from 1994-95. She and Carroll also delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.

She enjoyed a passion for family history and the history of Orange Township, authoring an antiquity of the township. Her other interests included sewing, flower gardening, travel, crafts, and attending auctions in search of treasures. Luella was happiest at whatever she set her mind to. Simply put she made a difference in the lives of her family, students, and countless friends.

Those left to cherish her memory include children Elmer G. (Gena) Yarnell, Becky A.(Richard) Creighton, Kenneth P. Yarnell (Peg Lowry), grandchildren Joseph (Carla) Yarnell, Daniel (Tracy) Yarnell, Matt (Meghan) Yarnell, Carroll (Sarah) Creighton, Zachary (Kristen) Creighton, Katie (Tim) DeSloover, Alex Yarnell (Abby Kennedy), Justin (Stacy) Yarnell, Brandon Yarnell, Taryn (Adam) Yarnell-Stillwell, 14 great-grandchildren, and many friends.

Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Monday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR’s 3 at 61, Sunbury, where services will be held 10:30 am Tuesday with Rev. Robert Lust officiating. Burial will follow in Africa Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Rd., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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  • We are so sorry for your loss. What a great woman she was; I remember reading some of her work.

  • Luella and Carroll were our neighbors my whole childhood. Wonderful people ! I baby sat with all their chikdren! Three boys with too much energy and sweet Becky! lol! My father ( W. Harold Phinney) turned down several people who wanted to buy part of his land to build. He only sold to Luellla and Carrroll because “they are good people.” Luella’ s father, Mr Martin, did not appreciate my long teenage conversations on the phone. Many times he told me that the phone (party line) was for important business. Lol! Luella’s gathering of the history of Orange Township helped me keep my family history together. Luella, heaven just became even brighter!

    • Thank you for sharing with us. I can imagine my grandfather doing that.
      And we still talk about your family. We have loved living there.

  • Miss Martin was my first grade teacher her first year out of college. By the time the next year rolled around, it was now Mrs. Yarnell and she was also my second and half of my third grade years. My mother, Alice Cox, was a fellow teacher when they were at Berlin. Have kept in touch through the years. We will all miss a great lady, friend and a wonderful community member and neighbor. Many good times and memories at Berlin School for 8 years before going to Olentangy.

  • My sympathy goes out to the family. I always will remember Luella’s can do attitude and smile that always made my day at the Council (SourcePoint). She and Carroll always were so caring and compassionate! She is at peace now. I feel very honored to have known her. She was always proud of her family and passionate about her community.

  • Deepest condolences and prayers for her family,your mom was one of the best teachers my siblings and I had and one of the sweetest and dearest. I will always remember her for her smile. After all the many years , she still remembered me. She taught me to challenge obstacles in life with grace, dignity and strength. Beautiful lady inside and out, I was truly blessed to have had her in my life. One of the greatest memories of my childhood days in school.
    Sally (Wells) Hutchison & family
    My Parents
    Kay& Charlene Wells
    My sisters
    Jennie (Wells) Hardenbrook
    Vickie Wells

  • I will always have a beautiful memory in my heart for a great caring first grade teacher, Miss Martin. She was so loving and caring to all her students. Max Griffith, Kathy (McNamara) Barkhurst, and I visited with her this past summer and was so surprised for her to bring out a three-ring binder with names of all her students! The community has lost a great educator and historian. Blessings to her family as they treasure her memory.

  • Luella was my second grade teacher. I remember her as one of my best and favorites. We reconnected when I began researching my family history for membership in the Delaware County Pioneer Society, and continued to correspond with her through the years. one particular e-mail from her complimented me on something I had written. It was the same confirmation and positive manner she used many years ago when my teacher at Berlin Twp. School. She was loved will be greatly missed by those who knew and remember this lovely lady. Thank you Miss Martin.

  • Luella (and Carroll) were Olentangy and Orange township legends. They knew everyone. and always remembered your name. Luella’s dad (Stanley Martin) was our milkman when dad farmed.

    Condolences to the family. She will be missed.

  • I will always treasure the memory of Miss Martin as my first grade teacher. Her enthusiasm and love for her students was obvious. It was a joy to visit with her last summer. She vivid recall of each student was so touching. She was a very special person, who made the world a better place!

  • In deepest sympathy of my birthday buddy. Luella was so positive, optimistic and a true joy to be around. I know that she is at peace now, surrounded by angels, of which she is one. May peace find the family. Luella made such an impact on this world in so many wonderful ways. She will be missed.
    Blessings, Joan Pearse

  • Sorry to here about your mother. She was a great lady and teacher. She always ask about our kids that she started in school. Larry and Luella showed sheep together at Delaware County Fair.
    The Martin and Yarnell families were very well respected in the community.
    Sorry we couldn’t be there.

  • Becky,
    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a kind, gracious, and loving person, a wonderful mother to you and your brothers. So many children of all ages are better people because of her teaching. Your mom and dad were and are the best! After thirty years of teaching and seeing the results of what passes for parenting today, they really don’t make ’em like that anymore.
    I hope that you and Dick are well, and, if retired, you are enjoying many happy years of no more getting up too early, grading papers, and everything else that only teachers truly know.
    Again, you are in my thoughts at this time of loss.
    I will miss her.