Lucy Ellen Haywood, 92, of Tiffin and Fairhaven Community, Upper Sandusky, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.
Miss Haywood, daughter of Jennie Ellen Sellers Haywood and Fred E. Haywood was born in Cridersville and grew up on a small farm near Waynesfield, both in Auglaize County. She received a B.S. in education magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University in 1944 that included study in special education from Eastern Michigan, Ypsilanti. She began teaching before receiving this degree, including four years with a class of partially-sighted boys and girls at Villa Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb.
After further education in Braille at Columbia University, she taught one year at Nebraska State School for the Blind. She received her M.A. in 1949 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., chiefly from study at Garrett Biblical Institute, a United Methodist Seminary. She became a released-time Weekday Christian Education teacher, traveling to five schools in Wood County. After five years she took a similar position in Union County from 1954-1982. Building to which, she traveled to cities including Milford Center, Unionville Center, New Dover, Marysville East, West, and Edgewood, Raymond, Magnetic Springs, Jackson, Essex and Richwood. She was very grateful for school and community cooperation and support for she believed she was teaching the most important subject to the most important people.
She acquired the Langstaff Victorian brick home while living in Richwood where her role was also that of landlady. She bought a small Ford tractor; as well as, some used machinery and learned to plow and plant on her farm. She enjoyed traveling in Europe with her seminary in 1958, a trip around the world with the Baptist in 1970, with CROP to Central and South America in 1975, and later to Scandinavia and Sitka, Alaska.
Over the years, the Weekday Christian Education classes collected literally tons of good used clothing for Church World Service, with individuals occasionally receiving "thank-you" letters. After retiring, she spent a year volunteer-teaching at a Christian orphanage near Mission, Texas.
During her Richwood years, she was active in United Methodist Women, the King's Daughters and the Fortnightly Literary Club, and eventually the Union County Retired Teachers. After her retirement, she guided a group of oral readers of plays and poetry. The group was called "Moccasin Stew." When Richwood celebrated its sesquicentennial, she helped with the collection of works from local poets.
Miss Haywood moved to her Tiffin home, a gift of her father's sister, Mrs. Estella Noel, in 1987. For the next seven years many people in the community helped her in a telephone ministry called Dial-A-Bible-Story. A similar ministry had been started by the Richwood Area Ministerial Association. Writing for children was a pleasant necessity for Lucy Ellen; as well as, a hobby. Her first published writing was a six month series of Primary Worship Services for the International Journal of Religious Education in 1953. Her Texas employers printed "What Is Christmas?" in 1983. In 1995, she had copyrighted a series of plays called "Parable Plays in a Pocketbook." These are available as scripts to individuals and groups who will use them, hopefully making videos of play productions for placement in the library at METHESCO where the scripts are kept. In 1998, she encouraged the fifth grade at Waynesfield Goshen School to do some writing to celebrate their town's sesquicentennial.
In Tiffin, Miss Haywood was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church where, for awhile, she kept up a children's Peace-Justice bulletin board. She also was a member of First Presbyterian Church and at one time was active in the Church Women United group.
Her memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at Faith United Methodist Church, Tiffin, and also at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 in Richwood, at First United Methodist Church.
Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory, 135 N. Washington St., Tiffin, is assisting the family with their arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.