Lucille N. Liechty, 102, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Burke, Virginia, in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Don Harris, where she resided since September, 2003. Born September 25, 1910, near Stryker, Ohio, to Oliver and Cora Young, She came to Wauseon in 1939 after marrying Chris W. Liechty, owner and operator of Sunny Crest Farms integrated poultry operation. He preceded her in death in 1995.
Stryker High School graduate and valedictorian at 16, Lucille then received her B.S. in Education from Bowling Green in 1931. There she was active in Seven Sisters Sorority (now Alpha Phi), Book & Motor Honorary Society, Y.W.C.A., as well as being a yearbook editor and 1931 May Queen. She taught English, French and drama in Attica, Bryan and Stryker high schools. Years later she substitute taught in Fulton County area schools, with a continuing interest in teaching in Ohio's summer school program for migrant workers' children.
Her many church and community activities included volunteering in the Wauseon schools, especially as a W.H.S. band parent; in the Parent Teachers Association, the women's Tuesday Club, and local D.A.R. chapter as registrar for years. She was a member of the A.A.U.W., National Retired Teachers Association and Fulton County Historical Society. She loved being a Fulton County Health Center Auxiliary volunteer until age 92. As a charter member of Crossroads Evangelical Church (now Crossroads), she helped establish many of its earliest traditions, as well as creating altar floral arrangements from her own gardens for years.
With husband, Chris, she led classes of school children on tours of their hatchery operation. She also appeared on Toledo's local TV broadcast of "Romper Room" with a special presentation on the hatching process. Both avid gardener and excellent cook, she often took flowers, garden produce or homemade specialties to others. At age 90, a Toledo Blade article revealed her lifelong interest in writing, reporting her second place award in Archbold's Sauder Village poetry writing competition, with her poem, "Treasures," about her own valued treasures: family and nature's simple beauties.
Once in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., she enjoyed new friends and activities in her daughter's church, as well as in several seniors programs. Her 100th birthday celebrations there included parties, on air greetings from Today show's Willard Scott, special gifts and greetings from BGSU's president and alumni staff, and an alumni foundation magazine feature about her, as both BGSU and Lucille celebrated their 100th birthdays in 2010.
She is survived by son, Philip, Wauseon; daughter, Marilyn (Don) Harris, Burke, Virginia; three grandchildren, Dr. Cheryl Liechty (Dr. Mark Eggena), Rockport, Maine, Brian (Jacque Klug) Harris, Seattle, Washington, Kevin (Rebecca) Harris, Ashburn, Virginia, and six beautiful great-grandchildren she greatly enjoyed in her final years, Will, Graham, Zach, Eliza, Jackson and Kendall.
Friends may call in the Chapel at Crossroads Evangelical Church in Wauseon on Friday, June 21, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Lucille's life will be held in the Chapel at Crossroads Evangelical Church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, with Pastor Matthew Boyers, officiating. Interment will follow in the Pettisville Cemetery. Another service will be held at a later date in Burke United Methodist Church, Burke, Virginia. Memorials may be made to Crossroads, Hands of Grace, the Fulton County Historical Society, Fulton County Health Center Auxillary, or to a hospice of choice. Edgar - Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.GrisierFH.com