LAGRANGE — Ovalee Fern Medlock Lemings, 85, of LaGrange, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Chandler Place in Kendallville, Indiana. Mrs. Lemings was born on February 12, 1931 at home in Choctaw, Arkansas, to Chester Medlock and Nona Love Medlock. Mrs. Lemings spent her youth in Van Buren County, Arkansas, where she was the daughter of a share cropper, picking cotton, strawberries and tomatoes. Her early youth was a hard life, but she loved every minute of it. She loved telling stories about growing up in the Arkansas Ozark Boston Mountains, riding a mule or a horse up and down creek bottoms to visit friends or attend a square dance. She was a wonderful story teller. She attended school in Scotland, Arkansas. She played girls basketball during her school days, walking five miles over the mountains each way to participate in the extracurricular sport. On Easter Sunday, March 28, 1948 in Cleveland, Arkansas, she married Elmore Lemings. In 1950, Mr. and Mrs. Lemings moved to LaPorte, Indiana, where they worked in the manufacturing industry saving for their next move to LaGrange, Indiana, in 1961 where they purchased the Dairy Queen. They worked together in the Dairy Queen until their retirement in 1976. After her retirement the Lemingses traveled extensively in the United States of America and Mexico, attended auctions and became regulars at the Shipshewana Flea Market. Mrs. Lemings loved to make quilts, crotchet, knit and embroider, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Mrs. Lemings is preceded in death by her husband, parents, her sister, Suzzane Medlock, her two brothers, Farl and LM Medlock, and one granddaughter, Olivia Bay Lemings. She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Burvel (Laura) Lemings and Edwin (Mary Beth) Lemings; her grandchildren, Joshua (Emily) Harris, Mark Lemings, Cora Beth (Joshua) Miller and Landon Lemings; her great-grandchildren, Hannah and Charlie Harris, McClain, Mason and Micah Lemings, Madison, Izek and Devin Miller and Waylon James Lemings. She is also survived by her two sisters-in-law, Marceline Medlock and Annie Lemings. Funeral services will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, Indiana with Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating. Burial will follow in Brighton Cemetery in rural Howe, Indiana. A visitation will take place at the funeral home on Friday from 12 noon until the service time at 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to the LaGrange County Community Foundation at 109 E Central, Suite 3, LaGrange, IN 46761 for the benefit of the Olivia Bay Lemings Memorial Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be left for the family at www.fruripmayfuneralhome.com .
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