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Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Elsie Lybarger, age 92, of Bowling Green, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her family.  Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green with Rev. Joel Montgomery officiating.  Visitation was held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.  A private burial will be held Monday at the Vandalia Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 22, 1922 in Salem, the daughter of Frank Harrison and Claire Ruth Coon Smith.  She married Willard Lybarger on April 2, 1938 in Farmer.  He preceded her in death March 14, 2006.
Survivors include daughter Clara Shaver of Vandalia; brother Herman Smith and wife Jeannie of Vandalia; special friends and caregivers Henry and Cathy Martin, Elizabeth Martin-Howze, Erica Martin, Emily Martin, Erin Martin, and Stanley Lovelace, all of Bowling Green.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Otis and Stanley Smith, and son-in-law Nelson Shaver.
Elsie lived in Salem until moving to Bellflower as a teenager with her parents.  She later moved to Vandalia, where she worked at a bakery and met her future husband.  After their marriage, she lived in Vandalia for a couple of years before purchasing a farm near Curryville.  She lived and farmed on the family farm with her husband until they moved to Bowling Green in 1983.  She also worked as a seamstress in Vandalia for the Ely & Walker Garment Company and later for the Bridal Original Garment Factory in Bowling Green, where she retired in 1990.  She enjoyed sewing and making caddies for walkers and lap robes for people, and was famous for her Halloween costumes.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or Pike County Home Health.
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