Luella Wandell

August 1, 1922 - March 22, 2020
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Luella Murray Wandell, 97, passed away peacefully in Fishers, Indiana, on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Luella was one of eight children (Byron, Robert, Evelyn, Irvin, Beatrice, Eileen and Wayne) born to Clyde and Maud (Hardin) Murray of Auglaize County, Ohio on August 1, 1922. She married Glenn A. Wandell on May 2, 1942, who predeceased her in 2005.

Luella is survived by her three children, Pamela Fleming (Bill) of Laytonsville, MD; Glenna Miller of Noblesville, IN; and Wes Wandell (Jenny) of Plainwell, MI. Luella’s nurturing love will be very much missed by her eight grandchildren (Sean, Brent, Jennifer, Ashley, Megan, Jenah, Robbie, and Mitch) and her twelve great grandchildren.

Luella Wandell and her husband Glenn always resided in Lima, Ohio, and raised their children there. Luella was very proud of her help with the war effort when she posed in 1942 for a Lima News photo promoting a Westinghouse campaign for scrap metal donation awareness. Luella wrote lovingly in her memoir of the “Good Old Days” on the family farm in Auglaize County, Ohio, where she and her brothers and sisters attended a one-room school house called the Hardin School. Luella was born and raised on the farm of her mother’s family, and she will be buried at nearby Fairmount Cemetery.
Luella was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants.

A private celebration of her life will be held at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, Ohio on Saturday, March 28, with burial following at Fairmount Cemetery. Rev. Jean Horn will officiate.

Due to restrictions of the COVID-19 virus, services will be held at the convenience of the family. A public celebration of Mrs. Wandell’s life which all are encouraged to attend as soon as possible one conditions are deemed safe.

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Born: August 1, 1922
December 20, 2000
A Visit to see Santa at the Mall
A Visit to see Santa at the Mall
December 30, 2006
Wedding day with Grandma
Wedding day with Grandma
August 1, 2014
Me and Lulu at her Apartment
Me and Lulu at her Apartment
Died: March 22, 2020

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Ellie Richards posted on 4/27/20

My great grandma Lulu was the BEST GRANDMA EVER TO EXIST!! She did everything! She always offered me and my friends snacks (like bananas). She always gave me money for new shoes, new winter coats, and new toys and clothes! My grandma Glenna was always there for her, and stayed by her side. To my uncle Wes, and Aunt Pam, it’s hard for you! It was hard for me because it was my first relative (that I knew) that passed. And I didn’t go to my first funeral... She was always there and we had the BEST memories :). I love you Grandma Lulu!! 😍❤️❤️😇


Ashley Jerro posted on 4/24/20

Dear Mom and Wes and Glenna and all those touched by Luella, the best Grandma ever, It was so hard saying goodbye to Grandma from a distance on the 22nd of March and not being able to hold her hand and kiss her to let her know that she meant the world to us (and always will). It takes a remarkable person to create so many happy memories for those around her. We will never forget her cheerful morning “Woowoowoo’s” or long drives with “Put your dinker on Pa;” games and apples with marshmallows, Buckeyes and glazed sugar cookies, warm hugs and those sweet kitty blue eyes that told us she was always thinking about us. Jen and I received so many letters and care packages and handmade afghans and outfits through the years, all made with her love. Jen and I wrote a poem for Grandma which I haven’t read since we wrote it. Mom has it, and we look forward to celebrating her life (together as a family) once this time passes and we can meet again in Ohio. All my love, Ashley


Ashley Jerro posted on 4/24/20

Dear Mom, Dear Wes and Glenna and all those who lost the best Grandma ever, It was hard to watch Grandma go, from a distance. It was even harder knowing that we couldn’t be with her during these past few “winding down years,” as she called them (in a letter to me once). Although we have all been separated by many miles through many years, it did not keep our hearts apart. Jen and I shared a bond with Grandma Lu that we will never forget. Grandma always made us feel special and so loved with her care packs, long letters and warm hugs when we got to visit. Jen and I wrote a poem for Grandma, and Mom has it. We look forward to reading it to you all soon, when life gets back to normal. I wish we could have been there with Grandma on the 22nd of March when she needed us. I think of you all everyday and am so grateful for the gifts Grandma gave to us all though the person she was and the imprint she left on our hearts. Love, Ash


Ashley Jerro posted on 4/24/20

I remember your cheerful morning wake up call, “Woowoowoo!” I remember the smell of your porch and warm little home on Zurmehly Road. I remember taking drives and you reminding Grandpa, “Put your dinker on, Pa.” I remember your glazed sugar cookies, your buckeyes, and your home baked meals. I remember your kitty blue eyes and your warm, soft hugs. I will never forget how much I love you.


Pam Fleming posted on 4/24/20

Mom, We miss you more than words can express. You filled our hearts with love and fond memories that we will cherish forever. Your three children, 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren are blessed to have had you in their lives and hearts. We know, though, that you are at rest now up on the hill at Fairmount Cemetery with Dad and your parents and in view of your old farm, the place you fondly called "out home." Love and Hugs, Pam


John Ball posted on 3/26/20

Sorry for your loss.


Keith Wandell posted on 3/26/20

Deb and I send our deepest condolences on the passing of Aunt Luella. She lived a long life and was a loving wife and mother. To Pam, Glenna, Wes and families......our thoughts and prayers are with you. Keith and Deb Wandell


Keith Wandell posted on 3/26/20

In memory of Luella Wandell, Keith Wandell lit a candle


Mike Wandell posted on 3/24/20

I was sorry to hear of Aunt Lu’s passing. I remember so many good times with her and Uncle Glenn at your home in Shawnee. Becki and I wanted to send our condolences to the family. Love to all. Mike & Becki Wandell