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Eilene Worthington
Eilene WorthingtonCross and FlameEilene Worthington passed away on November 18, 2020, at Willow Brook Delaware Run in Delaware.  She had been a resident of the senior living community for 6 years.  Her friends and family had recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a special drive by parade in her honor.

Eilene was born October 13, 1930, to Frank and Ethel (Warren) Hickok in Leesburg Township, Union County. As a young woman and beyond, family, friends, church, and serving others were central to who she was.  A child of the Great Depression, she often spoke of growing up on the family farm outside of Prospect with siblings Donald and Lola (Rodman) and the simple fun and hard work that was part of life at that time.  Part of a larger extended family, Eilene was close to her many cousins and always looked forward to the annual Hickok Reunion.  

She worked hard in school—rising to be Prospect High School’s Class of 1948 Salutatorian and member of the National Honor Society.  She stayed in close contact with her classmates and attended most of the class reunions through the years.

Eilene was a supportive friend, a good listener, a skilled cook and seamstress, and an expert party planner with an eye for detail.  Her service was visible in the Richwood community as Welcome Wagon hostess and Salvation Army officer.

Eilene enjoyed eating out, playing dominoes, traveling and laughing with her friends.  She attended many Lady Buckeye basketball games and was an avid Ohio State Football and Basketball fan. She loved crafting, ceramics, the music of Fanny Brice, gospel tunes and singing church hymns.

Her faith was strong and her church was very important to her.  She was a member of the Richwood First United Methodist Church where she served on many committees and organized craft bazaars, dinners, style shows and participated in United Methodist Women. She worked as the church secretary for 27 years, serving under 6 pastors.

She married the late Kenneth Northrup in 1950. Together they had five children who survive:  Terry (Ned) Bumgarner, Columbia, SC; Larry (Carol) Northrup, Canton, MS; Sherry (Ken) Pirics, Sidney, OH; Jerry (Cindy Kleinhans) Northrup, Clearwater Beach, Florida and Merry (Jovonny) Smith, Richwood.  Eilene took pride in being a mother and keeping a nice home for her family.  Family dinners were her specialty and she looked forward to the times when everyone could be together, eating and laughing around the table. When her children were in school she liked helping with prom and often volunteered as a room mother and athletic booster.  

In her later years, she enjoyed trips to Florida with her cherished late husband Carl Worthington, whom she married in December 1998, and in doing so gained two daughters, Huey Walsh and Carla Sue Mabry.  

Eilene will be greatly missed by her grandchildren — Traci (Craig) Simo, Stefanie (John) Castles, Neal (Stephanie) Bumgarner, Tyler (Tabby) Northrup, Spencer Northrup, Scott Lundy, Bethany Cook,  Nathan (Amanda) Northrup, Brianna (Jake) Etzel, Megan (Bryce) Goodman, Aaron (Ashley) Smith and her 7 step grandchildren.

She leaves behind a growing group of great grandchildren: Jack Simo; Braydon, Caleb & Ethan Castles; Mikayla & Chloe Bumgarner; Corbin Cook; Kane Maloy-Cates; Amelia & Charlotte Northrup; Owen & Briggs Weaver; Meghan Dusenberry;  Auhbree Northrup; Eva Goodman; Henry & Hazel Smith; Kayden and Gabe Etzel,13 step great grandchildren and 1 step great-great granddaughter.

A niece Carolyn Litzenburg and nephew Bill (Diane) Rodman also survive.

Funeral services will be held Monday November 23, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Richwood First United Methodist Church, Pastor Joseph Rhea will officiate, burial will follow in the Claibourne Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. (strict covid precautions will be enforced)

Memorial gifts may be made to Richwood First United Methodist Church, 18 South Fulton St., Richwood, OH  43344

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#1 from: Mary Lu Swartz
Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Dear Cousins: Eilene had the Hickok longevity gene.  My mother thought so much of her and your dad.  Many memories of stopping by their home when you were young. Those Hickok reunions were the best as she always brought her spaghetti.  It is so sad to say goodbye but am grateful for the full life she had and all the years you had with her.

#2 from: Juli Smith D'Ascendis
Neshanic Station, NJ
Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 6:45 PM

Sherri, so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this difficult time. 🙏🙏

#3 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 6:51 PM

So sorry to hear about Eileen.  She was one of the sweetest ladies I knew.  She got me through many Jr. Choir years at the church.  It was always Eileen  could you help me with this or that.  She always helped.  She did remind me several times I didn’t know how to spell rehearsal.   My deepest love and sympathy to all your family 💕 God got an  Angel today😇  today

#4 from: Becky Rynders
Abilene, TX
Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 6:54 PM

Terry & Family    Keep the good memories alive.  You had a wonderful mother.  Love You All
Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, TX

#5 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 7:23 PM

Eileen's Family,
  So very sorry to hear of Eileen's passing .As I read the obituary I remember the fun and memories we  had and made when I would do her hair once a week.She was a beloved friend and such a joy to have known.Thoughts and prayers to the family!

#6 from: Peggy Beeney Strong
Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 7:32 PM

I remember your family and your mom well. My condolences on her passing.

#7 from: Ken Burkard
Columbus, Ohio
Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 9:46 PM

Dear Merry and family, I was saddened to see about your mother’s passing. My heart goes out to you.

#8 from: Don and Julia Thogmartin
 Seabrook Island, SC
Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 10:27 PM

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

#9 from: Judy L. Nickel
Richwood, OH
Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 1:16 PM

To the family that loved Eileen Worthington so very much,  May God wrap His loving arms around each one of you and give you comfort, peace, sunshine, love, and understanding!  Praying for the whole family!  May God be with you during this difficult time!  God Bless!

#10 from: John and Kay Coder
Marion ohio
Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 8:41 PM

My parents lived beside of Eileen and Kenny while I was in high school.Eilene was a really sweet lady. She will be missed. RIP

#11 from: Tenah McMahan
Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 9:46 AM

Great memories of your mom:). She always had this sparkle in her eyes and a quiet ornery smile.  She kept us with our instant mashed potatoes and pizza sub supplies!  Mom said she really liked being with Eileen and it was always a good time.  
Condolences to all of you.  

#12 from: Belinda and Brian Nauman
Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 11:03 AM

Merry and family:  We are so sorry for your loss.  We are praying for you to have comfort and peace to get through these next days ahead.  Take care. Belinda and Brian Nauman

#13 from: Rebecca George
Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 3:30 PM

  I talked to Eileen by phone shortly after her birthday drive by and she told me she really appreciated that celebration.
  I especially remember with a big smile, the show she bought tickets for at Mershon Auditorum back in the 80s.  She couldn't get any of their closer friends to go with them, particularly Bob and Tillie, I think partly because of the cost and partly because of the show, so Loy and I went.  The whole thing was an interesting experience - still brings quite a smile.

#14 from: Deb Farrington
Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 7:59 AM

Very sorry for your loss! I come to know Eilene and Carl when they hired me to do some light housekeeping for them in 2001. Very kind people to work for and I enjoyed visiting with them while I was there.

#15 from: Janet McKnight Mangini
Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 11:57 AM

So sorry to hear of Eilene’s passing. She always had a smile and something to say. I remember all of the Northrup’s from church and school growing up; she raised a wonderful family! And your mom was a good friend to my mom; they had a lot of fun together!

#16 from: The Noggle Family
Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 2:37 PM

We wanted to let you all know that we are saddened to hear of the passing of your mom. Reading about her sounds like she had a wonderful life, full of love....
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers today.
The Ron and Vivian Noggle Family

#17 from: Pat Krebehenne
Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 2:38 PM

Love and prayers to the whole family. She was a beautiful gracious giving and sharing woman. Cherish the memories and lean on each other. Family and faith will get you through. Sincerely

#18 from: Elizabeth
Mission, Tx
Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 9:07 PM

My thoughts were with you all today. It was so nice to see your Mom last year at our Mom's viewing. Thank you Merry, for bringing her. Wish I could have been there with all of you today. So many great memories of your parents.
Peace be with you.

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