Shelby County Indiana
Lizzie O’Donnell, 58 of Huntington passed away at 12:10 p.m. on Monday,
January 17, 2011 at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Lizzie had been ill and battling metastatic breast cancer for many years. For
many who knew her, Lizzie’s death leaves a gaping hole that will be hard to
fill. Throughout years of personal challenges from cancer, heart failure, kidney
disease, lung failure and other devastating conditions, she refused to focus on
herself, but always looked to serve others. Her courage, her love, and her
example served as an inspiration to all who knew her. She volunteered with
Huntington Hospice, giving loving care to the dying and their families and
co-founded, at College Park Church, a Stephen Ministries chapter to help
serve hurting people. She was a rare jewel. She taught all of us how to live,
love, suffer, and triumph in life amid the difficulties that are part of living in a
fallen world. She was, in the words of Proverbs 31, a woman of noble
character, “worth far more than rubies.”
She was born on October 25, 1952 in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a daughter
of J. Edward and Carol L. (Hasslacher) Luders.
She was united in marriage to
James M. O’Donnell on August 30, 1971, in
Elka Park, New York.
She leaves behind her husband Jim and their three sons:
Nicholas M. (and his
wife, Sydney) O’Donnell of Salt Lake City, UT; Andrew C. O’Donnell of
New York City; Jonathan D. O’Donnell of Durham, NC; all of whom loved
her and will miss dearly her love for them. Her mother: Carol H. Luders of
Old Greenwich, CT; a brother: David G. Luders (and his wife, Teresa) of
Spokane, WA; two sisters: Anne F. Campbell of Norwalk, CT and
Mary L. Norris (and her husband, Rev. Dr. Kendrick Norris) of Guilford, CT and a precious
little granddaughter: Zoe Cheek-O’Donnell of Salt Lake City, UT.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
at the Myers Funeral home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street,
Services will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with one
hour of visitation prior to the service at College Park United Brethren
Church, 1945 College Ave., Huntington with Pastor Gary Dilley officiating.
At Lizzie’s request, her earthly body is being donated to the Indiana
University School of Medicine. Interment will be at a later date.
Memorials are to: College Park Church or to Visiting Nurse and Hospice
Home in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Indiana
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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