Lillian Lena Chapman, age 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 26, 2022 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri after a long and happy life, surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born on December 18, 1923 on a farm in Delaware County in eastern Oklahoma, to her parents Benjamin and Mamie Kinzey. She was the eldest of four children.
On September 22, 1956 she married the love of her life, Ray Chapman, in Grove, Oklahoma. They were married for nearly 59 years, until Ray preceded her in death on June 24, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two siblings Veda (Ardell) Porter and J.D. (Wyvonne) Kinzey, and her oldest child Gene (Vetta) Ogden. She is survived by her daughter Gisele Davis of Naples, Florida, her brother Curtis(Helen) Kinzey of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, eight grandchildren: Brielle (Dennis) Bonner, Tabitha (Melissa) Davis, Melissa Ogden Chestnut, Shannon Ogden, Michael Ogden, Nathan Midkiff, Jared Midkiff, and Hannah Cox, great-grandchildren: Ethan Jones, Harrison Davis and several others,one great-great-grandchild and many other family members and friends.
Lillian loved her faith, family and friends dearly, and was a great family member, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She truly never met a stranger and touched many lives with her sense of humor, grace, and integrity. Spending time with her family was her true joy and watching her family grow was everything to her. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, and turned many times to her belief in God and the Holy Bible. She was ready and excited to be reunited with her parents, husband, son and many other loved ones. She loved to cook and bake and made the best pies and pickles anybody ever tasted. She and Ray were avid gardeners who grew beautiful flowers and gardens that were the envy of all who saw them. She was a long-time member of the Siloam Springs Garden Club, even becoming President for many years. She and Ray traveled the world together, visiting all 50 states, dozens of national parks, Canada, Mexico, and much of Europe. She enjoyed her last few years living and being cared for by her granddaughters, Tabitha and Melissa and the new addition of her great grandson, Harrison, brought so much joy in her life.
Please join us in celebrating her life on Tuesday May 31st for visitation at Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Siloam Springs, Arkansas from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by a service at the same location on June 1st at 11:00 am, with a graveside service at Oak Hill Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her sweetie, Ray. Flowers may be sent to Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home, or a donation in her name can be made to Elara Caring Hospice Care in lieu of flowers.