Barbara Jane Lennington, 81, passed away Monday evening, Jan. 9, 2017 in her Mount Vernon home surrounded by family.
She was born Nov. 3, 1935 to parents Gillis and Margaret “Marge” (Kelly) DeVinney in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.
On Dec. 26, 1953, she married James Earl Lennington and they shared 40 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 1994. They are now together again.
Barb was an aide at New Hope in Mt. Vernon where she worked for over 20 years until retiring. She took excellent care of her daughter Tina both at work and at home. After she retired, Barb enjoyed dressing up as “Popcorn” the clown and brightening the lives of others.
Barb was an expert gardener. She planted lots of flowers along with a huge vegetable garden (and she enlisted her eight kids to help every morning and evening). She was also an excellent cook and she was famous for her homemade rolls but anything she made was delicious. A woman of many talents, she also sewed everything from Christmas stockings to clothes for her kids—and taught them to sew too!
In younger years, she enjoyed camping in West Salem and mushroom hunting near her home in Glenmont. Family meant everything to Barb and she loved getting everyone together to play card games like rummy and poker. She will be remembered as a strong woman who was never afraid to speak her mind and would do without to provide for her kids.
She was a member of Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon.
Barb is survived by children (and spouses) James W. and KeKe Lennington, of Big Prairie, Christina M. Lennington, of Mt. Vernon, Peggy and John Irvine, of Wellington, Florida, Charlotte Staats, of Mt. Vernon, Lillian and Dave Lawless, of Mt. Vernon, Robert A. Lennington, of Mt. Vernon, and Annita L. Crawford, of Ashland; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother-in-law Brenda and Ralph Snyder, and Sue Rinehart; and her toy fox terrier, Tootie.
In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a son Andrew E. Lennington, and two brothers Theodore DeVinney and Kenneth DeVinney.
Her family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Rd) where a funeral service honoring her life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday. Pastor Ken Springer will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Contributions in Barb’s memory to benefit her final expenses (please make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Homes) may be made at her services.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Barb’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch her tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.