The funeral for Lois Jellison will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, October 19, at 12 noon, followed by interment at Maple Leaf Cemetery and a luncheon at Hooligans, to which the family warmly invites all to join.
A Celebration of Lois’ life will be held in May, 2024.
Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord; let light perpetual shine upon her.
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Lois Arlene Jellison
May 5, 1930 – October 15, 2023
Lois A. Jellison (nee: Trumpy) lived a very full life. She was happily married for 73 years to Bill, the love of her life. She was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was warm hearted and welcoming to all. She lit up the room with her vivacious, friendly spirit. Those who knew her will remember her smiling, laughing, and dancing. She enjoyed staying in touch with the many friends she made over the years. She was optimistic, very strong willed, passionate and a lover of life and adventure. She was born and raised in Elyria, Ohio, and grew up a as a tom boy playing along the banks of the Black River. She continued to enjoy the out of doors her entire life. In 1948, she graduated from Elyria High School where she was a gym leader and held first chair trumpet in the marching band.
At 18, she attended St. Lukes Nursing School in Cleveland, OH, where she met Bill. Luckily, Bill agreed to drive to Elyria to pick her up as a blind date to attend a Sigma Nu dance at Case Western, where Bill was a student. They fell in love that night and have remained so ever since. Together they moved to Alliance, Ohio, started a propane business and raised four children. After being introduced to Put-In-Bay in the late 1940s, and enjoying life long relationships on the island, they retired to the island full time. Over the years, she enjoyed many activities, such as, snow skiing, water skiing, wind surfing, sailboat racing, and many long distance boat trips in the Caribbean and the Great Lakes. She was an avid tennis player winning the singles city championship. She also enjoyed ice fishing, snowmobiling and playing games of any kind, but particularly cards.
She loved to travel for business and pleasure and visited all 50 states and 40 plus countries. She followed professional football passionately, and we have all forgiven her for being a Steelers fan. She volunteered in many capacities over the years, as a Cub Scout den mother, Band booster, and supporting the philanthropic efforts of the Alliance Women’s Club and her sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, of which she remained a lifetime member.
She was a devoted grandma fully participating in the lives of her grandchildren, whom she adored. She will be remembered for making every holiday, birthday, or other occasion very special. She loved hosting events from fifty plus parties on a raft in the middle of the bay, to more formal occasions. Her regularly hosted full moon parties are a cherished memory for many. Anyone that showed up at her home was warmly welcomed. She was never known to stay angry at anyone or ever hold a grudge. Of all that she will be remembered as, being the wife of Bill for 73 years is what will stand out for most. Her unconditional love, forgiveness and devotion serves as an example to all who knew her. She will be deeply missed by so many whose lives she touched, and her vivacious and generous spirit will always be remembered.
Lois is survived by her beloved husband of 73 years to Bill; she was a loving mother to Linda (Rich) Petro, Robert (Irene) Jellison, David (Julie) Jellison, and Gail (Paul) Fussner. She was an adoring grandmother to Dan (Lindsay) Petro, Tom (Fallon) Petro, Randy (Necole) Jellison, Andrew (Ashley) Jellison, Paige (Jake) Keller, Lauren (Bobby) Rhue and Claire Jellison; and by marriage, Sarah Fussner, and Anne (Cody) Baker; great grandmother to Channing, Elisha, Keeley, Hunter, Andy, Piper, Bear, Sydney, Judah, Ford, Daniel and Skylar. She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Frances Trumpy, to whom she was a devoted daughter.
In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Put-In-Bay Volunteer Fire Department, 199 Concord Ave, P.O. Box 68, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456, or St Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 248, Put in Bay, OH 43456.