Mrs. William Ensor Lott

July 03, 1914 ‒ August 03, 2018

Galion, Ohio

Mrs. William Ensor Lott, 104, passed away Friday, August 3, 2018 in her Galion home.

She was born on July 3, 1914 in Hyde Park, Pennsylvania and was the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Goodbread) McCausland. In 1924, the family moved to Leechburg, Pennsylvania where Mr. McCausland was president of the Hyde Park Foundry in Hyde Park.

Helen graduated from Harcum School, a preparatory school for girls in 1932, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She attended Elmire College in New York and graduated from there. Helen was president of the Thespians and had all the leads in the plays. She went to Smith College for a summer and Ithaca College for another summer. Helen also attended the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to further her Master’s degree in music. She was a music supervisor in the public schools for three years.

Helen married William E. Lott in Pittsburgh on July 6, 1940. They lived in Leechburg, Pennsylvania and Helen had a Girl Scout Troop, directed the church choir and helped with Red Cross bandages. The Lott family of Bill, Helen and children Pam and Bill moved to Galion in 1946. Helen decided that she would love Galion before she saw it. In 1949, a third child was born, Bob. During this time, her husband Bill started two car dealerships, the W.E. Lott Company in Galion and Bucyrus.

Helen and her sister Marty were very close. Marty passed away at age 96. They went to the same colleges and boarding schools. Together they toured China and Japan. During college, they toured all of Europe.

In Galion, Helen was the chairwoman of the Galion Community Foundation. Helen was a 72 year member of Christ United Methodist Church and was a member of the former Galion Country Club for many years.  She adored golfing and loved to play bridge. She and her husband were long time members of Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield. Helen would read the society page in the Galion paper to connect names and faces. Helen joined any club that sounded interesting. She had a 50 member junior choir at the Christ United Methodist Church. The members were children in the sixth through ninth grades and sang three part acapella. They all had beautiful robes. Helen was a Cub Scout den mother for Bill and Bob. She was also very active in Pam’s Girl Scout Troop. She was instrumental in reviving the dress code for the elementary and middle schools and was very active in the PTA for all of her children.

Every summer the family went to the family home in Glen Lake, Michigan and in every spring to the family home in Miami Beach.

Helen joined over 20 organizations in Galion, The Methodist Choir and Martha Circle, the Republican Club, Galion Sorosis Club, North End Garden Club, Hospital Twig 4, Current News, Timely Topics, Galion Child Welfare Club, Fortnightly Club, four bridge clubs, Galion Historical Society, Culver Parents Club, donator of athletic equipment at the YMCA and a grand piano at the Christ United Methodist Church.

Bill and Helen had a glorious love, respect and fondness for each other for 66 years and are survived by daughter Pam (Jack) Olt of Galion and their children Ric (Traci) Olt and children Ricky and Lexi, Jay Olt and children Sam, John and Lili, Tara Kerrigan and children Danielle, Blake and Nickolas and grandson Trent.

Helen is survived by son Bill (Karen) Lott of Grand Rapids, Michigan and their children Kathleen (Brian) Snodgrass and grandchildren Kate and Ben, Ann (Vic) Srinivasan and children Mya and Alex, Liz (John) James and their children John John and Hudson.

Helen is also survived by son Bob Lott (deceased wife Linda)of Birmingham, Michigan and their children John Gislason, Leslie (Jim Kelly) Lott and children Linda and Cormac, Willie Lott.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Marty Delaplane and brother Edward McCausland.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Christ United Methodist Church, 130 East Walnut Street Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Matthew Weaver officiating. Following the burial in Fairview Cemetery in Galion, the family is inviting ALL to come to the Aspen Terrace Party House to celebrate Helen’s life.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church to refurbish the stained glass windows or Sara Beegle Day Care in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Helen Lott, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • I first met Helen nearly seventy years ago. She was at Lone Star Girl Scout camp with Pam’s troop. My friend Kyra and I were invited along to help supervise the younger ones. Several mothers were there, and they were teaching camping and woodsy things; cooking on a campfire, recognizing trees and flowers, which bugs were friendly, etc. Helen was teaching table manners and how to set a proper table! She made the world a better place. She was well loved.

    I’m sorry you have lost her–but so happy that you had her for so many years.

  • We are sorry to hear about the death of Mrs. Lott. What a special person!!! We are thinking of all of the family.

  • Although I have not lived in Galion for many years I always remember Mrs. Lott as a very classy lady. She lived a wonderful life and I hope the Lord has lots of projects ready for her because she will definitely be busy up there.

  • Sorry for you loss,Helen was one of a kind,i am so glad i got to no her.she will be missed.God has gained another angel to watch over us,you all are in my prayers .Hugs to you all,Sheia

  • To the Lott Families,
    Helen was a very special person. She most certainly had the flair for fashion and having fun. When Helen was laughing, you knew it was Helen.
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Helen.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Bob and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope the memories and the moments you shared will bring you some peace.
    Diane Siclair Bryant

  • On behalf of my mother and dad and siblings—Bev and Jim Loggins —I wanted to add our condolences. I well remember Helen entertaining all at the Galion Country Club but have special memories of her singing at our piano at cocktail parties!!

    Bill Loggins