Lizzie (Lester) Compton, 85, of Vermilion died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph after a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 10, 1925, in Big Rock, Va., and was a Vermilion resident since 1955. Lizzie enjoyed cook-ing, gardening, garage sales and spending time with family and friends. She was a strong advocate for MRDD citizens, volunteering transportation for Lucy Idol Center in Vermilion and Double S Industries in Sandusky. She continued caring for her handicapped son Carl until she had an acute stroke in September 2009.
She worked as a cook for many years, working at Vermilion Valley Plaza, Margie's Restaurant in Vermilion, Chris' Restaurant in Lorain and Harry's on Baumhart in Lorain. She also cleaned Key Bank in Vermilion until retiring in 2004.
Lizzie is survived her two daughters, Rosemary (Jeff) Burch of Huron and Patricia Mejak of Wakeman; three sons, Larry and Carl of Vermilion and Donnie Raines of Wakeman; six grandchildren, Tony (Kathleen) Raines, Jackie Raines, Jennifer Coleman, Royce Raines, Sarah Beese and Emily (Shawn) Perry; five great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Royce Jr., Teaghan, Christopher and Sophia; two sisters, Joyce Sykes of Columbus and Pam (Dave) Mays of Virginia; and a brother, Jeff Lester of Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Raines in 1958; son, Eddie Raines; grandsons, Christopher M. Raines and Benjamin I. Burch; parents, James Harrison and Betty (Lee) Lester; sisters, Julie Viers and Okie Owens; brothers, Berlin Lester and Ferrel Lester; and companion, Charles B. Youngren, in 2002.
Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion, where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. David Johnson, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion.
Condolences may be shared with the family at riddlefuneralhome.com.