Luella Carpenter Rathbun

Dec. 15, 1918 — Sept. 10, 2017

WHITEHALL — Luella Carpenter Rathbun went to be with the Lord on Sept. 10, 2017 at the Orchard Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Granville.

She was born Dec. 15, 1918 in the town of Granville, the daughter of the late Leon R. Carpenter and Anna Carey.

Luella graduated from Granville High School in 1936 and from Plattsburgh State University in 1939. She earned her bachelor’s of education degree in 1942. She taught for 35 years in the Whitehall Schools.

Luella and Charles Rathbun were united in marriage on July 15, 1943.

She was a past member of the D.A.R., a member of Sylvan Star Skenesborough Chapter No. 2122, Order of the Eastern Star in Granville, a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, and the Whitehall Association of Retired Teachers.

Luella was a member of the First Baptist Church since 1949 and a member of the Baptist Ladies Aide.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sisters Harriett Scott, Maude Talbot and her husband, Earl, Mae Lloyd and her husband, Albert, Jean McEachron and her husband, Raymond; her half-brothers Raymond Hall and his wife, Lillian, and Darwin Hall and her niece, Emily Scott O’Hare.

Survivors include her sister-in-law Edna Darrah; brother-in-law Horace Scott; her nieces Ann Sunderland, Debbie Martinez, June Brown, Gail Nazak, Kay Darrah, Donna Austin; her nephews John Talbot, Bill, Rick and Andy McEachron, Horace “Bud” Scott, Neil and Jeff Darrah as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at the First Baptist Church, 41 Williams St., Whitehall with the Rev. Jim Peterson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jillson Funeral Home, Inc., 46 Williams St. Whitehall.

Family and Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Sept. 14 at the funeral home.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the First Baptist Church, 41 Williams St., Whitehall, NY 12887.

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