Lulabell Catherine O'Banion

Lulabell Catherine O'Banion, 99, of Rolling Prairie, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at her daughter's home, surrounded by those that love her dearly.


Lulabell was born on March 11, 1922 in Mishawaka, IN, to John A. and Lillian (Drake) Musary.


On April 28, 1945 in DeMotte, IN , she married Lawrence Matthew O'Banion, who preceded her in death.  Surviving Lulabell are her children, Albert Beach of Muskegan, MI, Nora Kinas of South Bend, Margaret (Rick) Kinas of Mill Creek,  Bob (Pat) O'Banion of La Porte, Terry O'Banion of Walkerton, Deloris VanDusen of Rolling Prairie, Beatrice (Roger) Coleman of Mill Creek, and Elizabeth Moyer of La Porte; 23 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; siblings, John Musary, Susie Rigsby, and Joyce Potter; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence O'Banion; son, Lawrence O'Banion, Jr., daughter, Verda Chapman; daughters-in-law, Joanne M. O'Banion and Ann O'Banion, sons-in-law, Floyd W. VanDusen and Robert E. Kinas, and beloved bird, Barney.


Lulabell was a long-standing member of La Porte Assembly of God, where she was a past leader of the Senior Adult Ministries.  She had a gift of hospitality, both within the church and outside. Lulabell was often affectionately referred to as the "party animal of the church"!


Lulabell enjoyed crocheting, completing puzzles, dancing, flowers, bird watching, and the color blue.  She also enjoyed and was skilled at making homemade chicken and noodles.  More than anything, Lulabell loved being surrounded by family and friends.  To her, family always came first.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Jeff Hines officiating.  Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, South Bend.


A time of visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m.  on Monday, April 26, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. 


Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.


Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Beatrice Coleman, 2900 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN.


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