Lila Fish Obituary
Obituary of Lila Fish, recently of London, Ohio, died on November 14, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio.
Born Lila Mae Kightlinger on June 21, 1930 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Arthur S. and Mae (Conrad) Kightlinger, and sister to the late Joan Jones and Susan Anderson.
She is survived by Lincoln J. Fish, her beloved husband of 63 years, and by her children, grandchildren, and their spouses and life partners: son Robert (the late Paula) (Margaret Legut) Fish and daughter Carol (Bert) Doeringer; grandchildren Chris (Carrie) Fish, Brian (Joshua Rowland) Fish, Sarah (TJ) Kauffman, Katie (Jeremy) Giles, and David Ensinger (Erin Norris). Lila will be dearly missed by her 'great grands' Allison, Luke, Bryn, Audry, Max, Ellie, and Vince. She is also survived by her much-loved brother-in-law Edward Jones and his sons Edward, Dennis, and Ken Jones and their families, and by many special friends whose lives she touched while living in New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio.
Lila was known as a gracious host who opened home and heart to all. Distant from loved ones back east, she nurtured an Ohio family of friends that included many international students from Ohio State University. The welcome was so warm that guests left cultural and religious disagreements at the door, and the ‘family’ became a multicultural mix of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Hindus.
Lila worked as a floral designer, and many friends recall inviting her into their homes to 'do' the Christmas decor. Her artistic talents also included making greeting cards, with a custom verse for every recipient. She never missed marking an occasion with a special message of love and friendship.
Lila volunteered for Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and band boosters, and as swim meet timer and fund-raiser. She transported the tennis team and fed the debate team. She kept the bowling league records and wrote the club newsletters. She will be fondly recalled by so many whose lives were touched by her love of people and her great appetite to give of her time and talents.
The family plans a private memorial service and asks that, in lieu of sending flowers, donations be made to Nationwide Children's Hospital.
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