MANSFIELD — Ethel Lucille “Lucy” Cooley Lutz, 90, passed away Monday evening, April 4, 2011, at MedCentral Shelby Hospital.
Born June 14, 1920, in Shelbyville, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Nelley Mae (McKee) and Ralph Yeley. She graduated from Shelbyville High School. Lucy was formerly employed as an Occupational Therapist with Mount Vernon State Hospital, Richland Hospital and Woodlawn Nursing Home, retiring in 1980.
Possessing a strong Christian faith, she witnessed for Christ Jesus and showed her caring heart by taking care of several friends in their homes during times of sickness and need “serving and caring for others on The Street” in her own words, through Street Ministry. Lucy enjoyed writing poetry, watching game shows, crocheting and mending clothing for others, and reading the Bible. Her life of ministry included an Evangelistic Travel Ministry during the 1940s-1950s and the founding and pastoring of Riverside Apostolic Church in Mount Vernon along with her husband, Robert J. Cooley, from 1950 through the early 1960s.
She is survived by her “special daughters,” Jani (James) Arata, Joy Lunsford and Connie (Junior) Wagner; grandchildren, Jilline (Rob) Bond, James (Treva) Arata II, Joseph (Cara) Arata II, Jody Arata, Jacinta (Keith) Burd, Julie (Billy) Orris, Daniel Hatton, Julie Hatton and Daniel (Audrey) Lunsford; great-grandchildren, Janna (Josh) Hamilton, Andrea Arata, Jarob Bond, Keith Burd, Kolton Burd, Anthony Arata, Jamison Bond, Hannah Orendroff, Karlene Fadley and Erin Fadley; great-great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Burd, Donovan Arata, Will Orris, Carson Orris, Gillian Arata, Joel Orris and Olivia Lunsford; nieces, Randa Yeley and Kathy (John) Burns.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert J. Cooley and Herman W. Lutz; special sweetheart, George E. Hammon; sisters, Sabina McKay, Pauline Schmitt, Clorice Wells, Naomi Monroe; and brothers, Junior Yeley and Talva “Mac” Yealey.
Friends may visit Friday, April 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield, with a memorial service at 8 p.m. Lucy’s grandsons, the Revs. James “Rob” Bond and Joseph A. Arata II, will conduct the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests cards with a remembrance of your greatest moment with or memory of “Grandma Lutz” are sent in care of James Arata II, “Grandma’s Memorial,” P.O. Box 3948, Mansfield, OH 44907. Online guest registry at www.wappner.com.