Lida

December 23, 1924 ~ November 2, 2021

Born in: St. Petersburg, FL
Resided in: Vincennes, IN

Lida D. Kerlin passed away on November 2, 2021 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Lida, the daughter of James J. and Lucille (Sadler) Durham, was born on December 23, 1924 in St. Petersburg, FL. She married Dr. Richard Michael Kerlin in 1947. Mike preceded her in death in 1982.

Lida was a 1943 graduate of Sullivan High School and went on to her beloved Purdue University and graduated in 1947.  Following college, Lida worked at L.S. Ayres and the U.S. Department of Finance. Lida was a homemaker but furthered her career as the Reservation Manager at the Vincennes Executive Inn. A natural social butterfly, Lida enjoyed a stint as President of Tri Kappa and was an avid dog lover. Lida also enjoyed reading, playing Bridge, dancing, being around her family and friends, and was a sports aficionado.

Lida is preceded in death by her son, Richard M. Kerlin, Jr and survived by her daughters. Mary Eugenia “Gean” Townsley and her husband Chuck of Denver, CO and Clair Kerlin Smith and her husband Bryan of Brownsburg, IN. Lida has five grandchildren Steven, Emily, Michael, Alex, and Maddie; three great grandchildren, Maggie, Eli, and Isabel.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to Upper Indiana Presbyterian Church, The Sullivan County Humane Society, Good Samaritan Hospital Vincennes- Hospice Care, or a charitable organization of your choice.

Lida will be cremated. Her family will hold services Spring/Summer 2022- details pending. On line memories may be shared with Lida’s family and friends at www.goodwinsievers.com. Goodwin Sievers Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of Lida.

. Goodwin Sievers Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of Lida.

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  1. Gean and Clair, I am so sorry for your loss. Lida was a very special lady. We worked together on the session of 1st Presbyterian church. Her smile and her laugh was infectious. I know that she is enjoying a fabulous reunion with your dad and brother.
    Jo Ellen Stodghill Keller

  2. Gean and Claire,
    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful mother. We were Tri Kappa sisters for years, and I loved her sharp mind and quick wit. She was a true lady, in every way. She will be greatly missed by so many. My thoughts are with you. Alice Whaley

  3. Gean and Clair,
    I am so saddened to hear of Lida’s passing. She was a pillar of grace and joy, and brightened every room she entered. Her love for family and her heartfelt interest for the people in her life shined through in her conversation. I will remember her sharp memory, her quick wit and her gift of being fully present. She was so special, and will be truly missed. My heart goes out to you all.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kerlin family. I had the privilege of working with Lida many years ago at the Executive Inn in Vincennes. She was a very special lady who was adored by everyone who knew her.

  5. Gean and Clair
    Your mother was a great lady . I haven’t seen her often lately but we always had a great tie remembering your dad and my husband Carl. She always said Carl was her favorite banker and I always called your dad ” blue eyes”
    He was my dentist for many years. I miss them both as I know you do too.
    Ann Nimnicht

  6. Gean and Clair
    Your mother was a great lady . I haven’t seen her often lately but we always had a great time remembering your dad and my husband Carl. She always said Carl was her favorite banker and I always called your dad
    ” blue eyes”
    He was my dentist for many years. I miss them both as I know you do too. Prayers ho out for you and your family.
    Ann Nimnicht

  7. Gene and Clair, what a year this has been. Every day I talk to Rich and now wonderful Lida is on my mind. She was such a special lady and I know she was a special mom. I’m sorry that you have to endure yet another loss. I love you both and I hope this coming year is a little easier for both of you.

  8. Dear Gean and Clair,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I always loved spending time with her at Gean’s Christmas Cookie Exchange parties. She was an absolute joy to know.
    Deepest condolences and prayers for comfort from the Smith family…

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