Lela Park

Obituary of Lela R. Park

Lela R. (Marbaker) Park, 88, of Waverly, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.


She was born on April 25, 1930, in Laceyville, PA, the daughter of the late Thomas and Emma (Garris) Marbaker.


Lela was a graduate of Waverly High School. Following high school, she was employed with Sayre Lingerie as a Supervisor for over 40 years, prior to retiring. She married the love of her life in 1950, Frank Park and they celebrated 67 years of marriage, prior to his passing in 2017. Lela’s kind and gracious nature was one of her many attributes that made her special to so many. Her beautiful smile was infectious, and she shared it with all she met. Although, Lela never had children of her own, each of her nephews and nieces, were her kids. She and her husband, Frank always attended their sporting events and took an interest in whatever was happening in their lives. After all their family was out of school, they could still be seen in the stands at the Waverly girls’ basketball games. Lela took pride in her home, and there never was a time when it wasn’t immaculate. She enjoyed tending to her flower gardens and being sure that the outside of her home was as presentable as the inside. Lela enjoyed cooking and bowling. Lela, with her friends, also took a cruise to Hawaii. The couple spent much of their time with Fred and Joyce Park, enjoying traveling and just spending time together.


She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank Park, sister, Eva Kilmer, sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Lloyd Smith, brother-in-law, Fred Park, and her loyal furry companion, Roseanne.


Lela is survived by her loving Godson and wife, Ed and Barb Smith, many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces, that she loved dearly, sister-in-law, Joyce Park, and her new friends at the Penn Yan Manor, especially Jenny.


Family and friends may call on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 12pm-1pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at the funeral home at 1pm with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating.


Burial will be in Chemung Cemetery at the convenience of the family where Lela will be laid to rest with her Frank, as she heard his famous words to her on Monday, “Come on Rosetail, let’s go home.


Memorial donations may be made in Lela’s memory to: Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892.