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Lana Vay Fowler
Lana Vay FowlerCross and FlameIt is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Lana Vay Fowler, 80, of Marion. She died peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Marion General Hospital.  It was rare to ever see her without a smile, and her face lit up in the presence of children, especially spending time with her first great grandchild. She treated everyone she met as family.  Lana was a bright spark in this world and will be deeply missed by many.

Lana was born December 10, 1941 in Radnor to the late Grant Wesley and Selma Vay (Jividen) Goddard. She was also preceded in death by siblings: Thurman Goddard, Guy Eugene Goddard, Ellen Epps and Maybelle Bredston.

Lana was a homemaker who kept her family together as a military wife, following the love of her life, Paul, across the world. She devoted her life to her three kids, becoming a little league coach, Girl & Cub Scout leader, school aide, and Sunday school teacher. She put the needs of her family and all others above her own. When her sister died, Lana raised her four children as if they were her own. When her mother and, later, her father-in-law got sick, she took care of them at home so they were always surrounded by loved ones.

Lana was a longtime devoted member of the Claibourne United Methodist Church, where she served the church in many capacities over the years. She loved to sew and embroider. Her daughters have wonderful memories of picking out dress patterns and fabrics so she could make their outfits.  She loved to bake with her grandkids, teaching them how to make Mickey Mouse pancakes, German Chocolate cake and so many other amazing family recipes. She also loved to garden and make unique crafts.

Lana had worked at a daycare center, provided in-home daycare, worked at the former K-Mart in Marysville as a customer service manager and as a meat wrapper at Warner’s Locker. She loved the outdoors, and growing up as a farm-girl, she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. If she didn’t know how to do something, she taught herself, whether it was building dollhouses for her granddaughters, raising farm animals and ostriches, or rescuing countless stray animals.

Surviving is her husband: Paul Fowler, they were married December 26, 1965 at the Claibourne UMC. Also surviving are their children: David (Carrie) Fowler of Alexandria, VA., Kathy (Marc) Silverstein of Rockville, MD, and Vicky (Kevin) Fowler Endicott of Marion
Grandchildren: Logan Fowler, Spencer and Lexy Silverstein, Courtney (Josh) Edington and Taylor Endicott
Great grandson: Archer Edington

Siblings: Don (Darlene) Goddard of Richwood and Paulette (Doug) Halterman of Centerville
In-laws: Pam Goddard of Pandora, Claudette Goddard of Marysville and David Epps of Columbus
Four nieces and nephews that she helped raise: David (Helen) Epps Jr., Kim (Jimmy) Smith, Tammie (Bill) Levings and Shawn Epps
and their children: Ellen, Justyn, Summer, Hailey, Connor (Madison) and Caleb

Funeral services will be held Friday January 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood, Pastor Joseph Rhea will officiate. Friends may call two hours prior to the service beginning at 5 pm at the funeral home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Claibourne United Methodist Church, c/o Linda Carrel 15957 Harmon Patrick Rd. Richwood, Ohio 43344 and the Alzheimer’s Association at 1379 Dublin Road Columbus, OH 43215.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com







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#1 from: Rona Penix
Richwood
Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 8:44 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all!Living on sundusky rd we new the nieces and nephew she raised! Bless her! 🙏🙏



#2 from: Terry everly
Richwood
Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 9:26 PM

Sorry for the loss of your mom.prayers for the family.



#3 from: Bob Cramer
Kansas City, Mo
Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 9:49 PM

A former classmate. You all are in our prayers.



#4 from: Tom & Linda Taylor
Rogersville, Alabama
Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 11:39 PM

Linda & myself want to pass along our sincere condolences to Paul (Joyce Nowlin's cousin) & his family.  Also to the Goddard Family our sympathy and condolences.



#5 from: Mike and Laurie Goddard
The Villages, Florida
Wed, Jan 26, 2022 at 1:04 PM

We have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Lana. What a special and generous person.   She’s been such a great role model for the whole family.   Love and hugs to the entire family.



#6 from: Marilyn Coleman
Richwood
Wed, Jan 26, 2022 at 7:20 PM

Tammy and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You will meet again



#7 from: Beckie McMahan Congrove
Marysville
Wed, Jan 26, 2022 at 8:47 PM

Dear Paul and Family, remembering with you, a sweet, dear friend.
Our church and community will sorely miss her gentle spirit. Sending prayers and blessings.  Sincerely. Beckie and Mike Congrove



#8 from: Sue Carl
Florida
Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 7:12 AM

Our hearts are with you. Lana always had a smile and always showed interest in those around her. May God bless you and comfort you. May happy memories help you through the days ahead.
God Bless,
John and Sue Carl



#9 from: Melisa Grose
Richwood
Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 1:41 PM

Your wife and Mother was a sweet giving person. I am so glad I got to know her. You all are in my thoughts.



#10 from: Armand Arabian
Columbus Ohio
Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 1:47 PM

My prayers are with you at this difficult time,

Pease be with you, Armand



#11 from: Ron & Linda Rice
Milford Center OH
Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 1:57 PM

Paul and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss.  May God wrap His arms around you during this difficult time.  You are in our prayers.
Ron & Linda



#12 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Richwood
Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 2:39 PM

Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all.



#13 from: Ann Davis
Delaware, OH
Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 8:36 PM

Kathy and Vicky,

I am so sorry for the loss of your mom.  Keeping you both in my prayers.

Ann



#14 from: Edmund and Jean Liddle
MARYSVILLE
Fri, Jan 28, 2022 at 9:17 AM

Paul and family,
We are sorry for your loss. It is good to see so many sharing the memories they have of Lana. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.



#15 from: Ben and April Laird
Marysville
Fri, Jan 28, 2022 at 10:02 AM

So sorry for your families loss. Lana was a loving and caring person with a huge heart 💜 Our hearts are with you!



#16 from: Carol Myers Robinson
Centerville, Ohio
Fri, Jan 28, 2022 at 11:53 AM

Lana led an amazing life and was truly a beautiful and giving person, a gentle soul. We are all thankful to have known her. A former classmate, I am sorry for your loss.



#17 from: Mike Jividen /Jan Linstedt
Hilliard Ohio
Fri, Jan 28, 2022 at 2:18 PM

My most recent fond memories of Lana are how she maintained order at all the Goddard/Jividen reunions. She always wanted us all to enjoy each other’s company and to make sure we had enough to eat. No one was to be left out when it came time to taking the annual group picture…no excuses.  In representing the family of Dayton and Virginia Jividen and all our siblings may she Rest In Peace.



#18 from: Daniel & Sonya K Fowler Coover
NW Ohio
Fri, Jan 28, 2022 at 5:11 PM

January 28, 2022

Dear Paul, David, Kathy, & Vicky and extended family,

We just received word today about Lana’s passing. Dan and I are with you all in thoughts and prayer. Lana was so sweet and we saw the joy she brought you, Paul and the love she had for family and they for her! Sending our affection to all of you as you celebrate her life. Remembering Lana fondly!

Love,
Dan & Sonys Kay



#19 from: Kimberly Reid
Groveport Ohio
Fri, Jan 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Very sorry to hear of Lana’s passing,I worked with her at Kmart a long time ago. She was just a lovely person.



#20 from: David Epps
Columbus, OH
Fri, Jan 28, 2022 at 7:51 PM

So sorry for the loss.  I could not make it to the services due to not feeling well and the weather conditions. I had great respect for Lana for looking after my children after the death of their mother.




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