The dash between our mother's birth and death
is miles wide it's clear.
For there is much she lived between
the dash that marks her years.
Wife, mother, grandma, neighbor, and a friend,
still does not fill the dash between her birth and the end.
She volunteered and served and bandaged
many wounded hearts and knees,
Cooked, sewed, gardened, baked bread...
that still does not fill the dash we see.
For within that dash, though it seems small,
are years of laughter and lessons from Above,
Mixed with lullabies and stories
told in a rocking chair with love.
She was a wonderful mother indeed,
giving us many memories to always last.
She left a loving legacy and gift:
To truly live our lives between the dash.
MINERVA - Lucille B. Kibler, 93, passed away Aug. 22 at Great Trails Care Center in Minerva, Ohio, where she had been a resident for the past four years.
Lucille was born Sept. 30, 1920 in New Garden, Ohio to the late John J. and Bertha (Andre) Batzli. A 1938 graduate of Augusta High School, she attended business school and worked as a bookkeeper until her marriage to Virgil "Art" Kibler on Sept. 9, 1950.
Lucille was a Red Cross volunteer for over 25 years and belonged to Eastern Star. In 1988 she was recognized as Homemaker of the Year by the Columbiana County Extension Homemakers Council of which she was a member. She was a past member and officer of American Legion Auxillary Post 684. She was a member of the New Garden Methodist Church. Lucille attended the Hanoverton Christian Church where she was a member of the Ladies Aid Society. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and baking, and hosted a Christmas craft boutique for many years in Hanoverton.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Art, in 2010, a sister, Rowena Mountz; and brothers Robert and Howard Batzli. Also preceding her in death was a grandson, Levi Blasiman.
Surviving her is a sister, Anne Batzli. Also surviving are her children Cindy (Larry) Deitch of Port Orange, Fla., Jeff (Lou Ann) Kibler of Mechanicstown, Pam (Tim) Blackburn of Minerva, and Karen (Steve) Blasiman of East Rochester; along with 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to sincerely thank the staff at Great Trails Care Center for their faithful care of their mother, and also to the Crossroads Hospice, who helped in their mother's final months.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hanoverton Christian Church, Plymouth Street, Hanoverton, Ohio 44423, or to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Uniontown, Ohio 44685.
A memorial service will be held for Lucille on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Hanoverton Christian Church at 7 p.m. A time of visiting with the family will begin at 6 p.m. before the service. The family entrusted their mother's final arrangements to Stark Memorial, Salem, Ohio.