Luella Lillibridge

April 11, 1932 ‒ December 30, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Luella Lillibridge, 88, of Mansfield passed away peacefully at home, unexpectedly, on December 30, 2020.

The daughter of Warren and Bonnie (Duncan) Legg, Luella was born April 11, 1932 in Pliny, West Virginia.

She enjoyed working in retail.  Luella retired from Conley’s Department Store as head manager, after working over 20 years.  She also worked as house mother for nursing students enrolled in Mansfield General Hospital’s Nursing Program.

Luella loved to cook, and will be remembered for her delicious homemade spreads.  She always made more than enough food to feed her entire family…including dessert.  To name just a few, her lemon lush and overnight salads were family favorites.

A member at Clear Fork Alliance Church, it’s no surprise that she assisted in preparing meals for the church.

She enjoyed camping and riding her pontoon at Charles Mill Lake.  She also enjoyed traveling across the United States.

She is survived by her children Larry  (Charlyn) Martin of Eagle Point, Oregon, Yvonne (Terry) Dawson of Lancaster, and Deborah (John) Metzger of North Port, Florida; grandchildren Shaun (Bambi) Martin, Mike (Teresa) Martin, Rebecca (Mike) Parmley, and Paul Stump; sisters Delores Harrington of Dayton and Rosalee (Tom) Moore of Bradenton, Florida.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Lillibridge and brother Edward Legg.

Her family will receive friends Friday, January 8, 2021 from 10 am – 11 am in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will follow at 11 am.  Services will be live-streamed via the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Homes Facebook Page beginning at 11 am on Friday.  Rev. Dr. Mike Stine will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Alzheimer’s Association may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

 

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  • My condolences go out to anyone who ever met Luella or “Lou” as her husband Ed, and many others referred to her. I first met her when her grand daughter, Rebecca and I were still dating in 1990 and she immediately made me feel welcome by asking me if I wanted a snack while waiting for the Christmas meal to be finished. By the next Christmas, and Rebecca and I were married, she told me “Just call me grandma honey, everyone does.” Virtually every Christmas since, including this last one, featured her home cooking and “feel right at home” way.
    Luella loved going shopping for arts and crafts to decorate her home, and one of my earliest memories of her was her, my mother-in-law, Yvonne and my wife spending hours going through the antiques and craft mail in Logan shopping while her husband, Ed, my father-in-law, Terry and I sat on the porch joking about how much this was going to cost us and how on earth they could spend that much time walking around looking at that stuff. Then how we all three jumped up as they came out to carry it all and find a way to fit it in our cars while hearing what great deals they all got, smiling ear to ear. Ed said her two best talents were cooking and spending money and laughed while telling Terry and I that our wives had apparently inherited both. Funny how husbands complain about their wives spending money and love being able to ensure they can. There was no doubt that she and Ed loved one another or of how much she missed him in the years since his passing. Another thing we have inherited, by their example.
    The wonderful smell of home cooking and an almost constant smile are the hallmarks of my memories of her. It was a rare treat when I could help her in some way and she was always so thankful for every little thing; but she was most thankful that she was able to see that I loved her granddaughter as much as Ed loved her.

  • Our prayers go out to all who loved Lou as we did. She was part of the church choir for many years and we shared laughs and prayers together with her. Visiting her and seeing Buddy was a delight, and she always had a smile and such a sweet, loving spirit. I remember so many times she would recount an incident where she just wasn’t sure what to do, but would say something like, “I just don’t know what I would have done if the Lord hadn’t ….” always giving Him praise for answering prayer. She will surely be missed, but we are so thankful that we got to know her and have her in our lives.

  • She was a sweetheart, very kind and a awesome aunt.
    But her best trait was she was a Christian. Which was a great example her children to follow.prayers for my family.

  • I think Lou is the mother of a childhood friend of mine that I always wonder what happened to my good buddy Larry Martin. I remember his grandparents last name was Legg and they lived on Diamond St, and Larry and his Mom lived on S. Adams. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Lou as person making me feel at home in their house or apartment on the corner of Flint & Diamond. Please get in contact with me Larry when you come back to Mansfield. Your old friend Bill Frasher, 419-756-8275 home. 419- 709-0858. The home will have my email address. Again sorry for your loss.

  • I did Luella’s hair for a long time. She was a very kind person. I really enjoyed having her as a client. I am so sorry for your loss

  • Aunt Luella was one of the sweetest people anyone could ever meet.

    After Ed passed I did my best to call and visit her as often as possible and check on her to see if she needed anything.

    This last year I didn’t get to call or visit as much because of Covid.

    I started working 10 hour days and because I worked at a hospital, for months I avoided visiting in person because I didn’t want to take the chance of infecting her. I still told her if she needed anything from a store to let me know so she didn’t have to go out and I’d drop it by.

    It wasn’t until the last few months after learning and witnessing firsthand that the fear around C19 was mostly hype that I felt safe enough to visit again.

    I didn’t get to visit as much as I would have liked but I thank God that between Thanksgiving and Christmas I got to spend a lot of time with her.

    I got to take her to a few doctor appointments and go out to eat with her.

    After her last appointment on December 23rd, I had to go to Ashland to get a few things for Christmas dinner and she went with me and when I took her home she said that she had fun spending the day with me and I told her I had fun too.

    I’m going to miss her so much!

  • Aunt Lu, my great-aunt, (as well as Ed and Buddy) I didn’t really get to know until the last 10 years.

    I remember seeing them from time to time growing up, but never really got to know them. I just knew they were kind, fun, loving people.

    My earliest memory of Ed was when I went night fishing (on Charles Mill Lake, I think) with my Uncle Ed (and some other guys I can’t recall now) on Ed’s pontoon and Ed let me pilot the boat for a bit. That was exciting to me at that age!

    I remember his kindness and good nature. I think he wanted to make sure I was having a good time.

    Aunt Lu was the same way! She was always warm and hospitable. That’s why they made such a great couple.

    It wasn’t until more recently they would call me to come over and put up the Christmas tree and bring in the decorations from the garage, change lightbulbs that required getting on a ladder as well as batteries in the smoke detectors, and getting the cable box to work and other small chores.

    I even got to pet sit Buddy once, he was such a sweetheart that I teased that I might not give him back.

    Even though the chores usually wouldn’t take very long, those visits would turn into hours.

    After Ed passed, Aunt Lu called my mom and me more often to come help with things like that. If I wasn’t able to do it, my mom would and sometimes she would do it without even letting me know, which I wasn’t happy about because I didn’t want her climbing a ladder to change a lightbulb!

    To get the cable box working again or to pick something up at the store or accompany her to a doctor’s appointment was fine, but some of those kitchen lights are so high up, even my legs felt like Jello!

    It wasn’t always about doing chores for her, however, we would go out to eat (usually the Olive Garden, Bob Evans, or Rancho) or order Donato’s and eat at her condo and even just stopping by while in the area to visit.

    I wish I got more of those visits because I got to know her better and learn a lot about family history. I really enjoyed the stories about her and my grandpa when they were kids!

    I recorded some of our conversations so I wouldn’t forget them, but unfortunately the hard drive they were on, when a security program updated, it ruined the the hard drive. I hope I still have some of them on my old phone!

    Even though I didn’t get to know her as well as I would have liked, I got to know her well enough to know that everyone could be a lot more like her.

    She was warm, considerate, attentive, and always in a good mood. I never saw her angry or be negative, she was always positive and lighthearted. She was outgoing and easy-going and rolled with whatever life threw at her. She always seemed to be upbeat and loved to laugh. That’s probably part of why she lived a long life and I think everyone could learn from her example.