E. Ellen Lash

April 08, 1913 - September 12, 2013

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Service: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 11 a.m. in Trinity Church United Methodist, Kendallville

Calling: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 3 to 7 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel
Ellen Lash, 100, of Kendallville, died at the home of her son in La Porte on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

She was born on April 8, 1913, on a farm near Lisbon, Indiana, to Ernest E. and Lalah (Forker) Layman. She graduated from Avilla High School in 1931. She received her B.S. in education from Ball State in 1941 and her Master’s degree from Indiana University in 1971.

Mrs. Lash was an elementary teacher for 29 years. She taught in a one-room school in Jefferson Township in Noble County. She also taught at Wayne Center, Northside, and Central School all in Kendallville.

On April 21, 1941, in Avilla, she married Harold G. Lash. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1974.

She was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville, and was very active in the community throughout her life. She served as President of the Noble County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and was a member of the Business and Professional Women of Kendallville, the American Association of University Women, the Board of Directors of the Kendallville Foundation for Youth, the Fort Wayne Women’s Club, and the Quest Club. She also volunteered in many other ways throughout her lifetime.

Among her activities at Trinity Church, she served as president of the United Methodist Women and taught Sunday School classes for over 40 years. First as the teacher of the first grade class and, later she taught the senior class - of which she was the most “senior.”

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brother Earl Layman; and her sister, Mary Axel.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Steelman of Gary; her son, the Rev. Evan (Barbara Jackson) Lash of La Porte; her grandchildren, Jill (Doug) Cain of Wilsonville, Oregon, Peter Steelman of Los Angeles, California, Chris Lash of Rochester, New York, Amy Steelman of Corvallis, Oregon, and Greg Lash of Chicago; and her great-grandchildren, Jonathan Cain and Ellen Cain.

Funeral services will be Monday, September 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Trinity Church United Methodist, Kendallville with Rev. Dr. G. Scott Pattison officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Calling is Sunday, September 15, 2013, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville.

Preferred memorials are to Trinity Church United Methodist, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Mike and Mary Smith
September 22nd, 2013 2:40am

We were sorry to hear of Ellen's passing. Her support during our NAMI years encouraged us to keep going. Karen, Peter and Amy, you are in our thoughts and prayers

Brandy Molina
September 19th, 2013 3:15pm

Dear Lash Family; While reading the online obituary, I observed the death of your love one. Death is an enemy to mankind and who can understand it? IT can and dose have a devastating effect on you and your family as well. Can you imagine reading a newspaper with the headline: "When Death is Swallowed Up Forever....." What a wonderful time that will be. Revelation 21:4 offers this hope, it states: "And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will morning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." What a comforting hope. If you would be interested in learning even more, I can send you a little tract free of charge that is entitle "What Hope For Dead Loved Ones?" I am not asking anything from you and never will, I am not selling or conducting any business at any sort. I am just showing neighborly love just like (Luke 10:27) tells us to do. If you have any Questions please feel free to contact me at this e-mail address here (b.molina56@yahoo.com). I offer my sincere condolences, may the God of peace be with you and your family. Sincerely Yours, Brandy Molina

Charley & Sara Fisher
September 17th, 2013 1:53pm

Evan & family, Our heartfelt sympathy to you in this difficult time. Please know that our prayers are with you.

Raeanne Biddle Savage
September 16th, 2013 6:14pm

I am so sorry to read of your loss. I wish I would have known sooner so I could have brought my mother Patti to the funeral. We have many good memoriess of our Christmas gatherings together. What wonderful friends my grandmother Marjorie and Ellen were. Our deepest sympathy, Raeanne Biddle Savage and family Patti Eshelman Biddle

Glema Prater
September 16th, 2013 1:26pm

Evan and family--- Richard & Glema (Moore) Prater send our sympathy and prayers to your family , in the loss of your mom.. She was a very nice lady..--and very nice neighbor!

Lori Blackburn
September 15th, 2013 10:58pm
Kendallville, IN

I got to know Ellen briefly when she would attend parent teacher conferences and school events with Amy. I was Amy Steelman's first grade teacher. Such a devoted grandmother. Kind, caring, and nurturing. I was lucky to know Ellen. Thinking of your family.

sharon Andersen Heare
September 15th, 2013 5:52pm
Lagrange, IN

I am remembering all the good reunions we had as kids together. Ellen was a special person and enjoyed life. I am so sorry for your loss

Muriel and Tom Dougherty
September 14th, 2013 3:44am
Saint Hedwig, TX

Evan, Barb, Chris and Greg, We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mother and Grandmother was so blessed to be able to see your family grow up over the years. We remember her dear love of children. We am sure you have many fond memories of times together. Hugs!