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LANA W. GILL (Shortlidge)

February 21, 1944 - March 3, 2019 West Grove, PA | Age 75 Loving Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt and Friend.

LANA W. GILL (Shortlidge), , age 75, 0f West Grove, PA, left this earth on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at the Jennersville Hospital, for her home in heaven,. She was the wife of Earl Shortlidge, with whom she shared 40 years of marriage.

Born in Wilmington, DE., she was the daughter of the late Harry T. Woodward, Jr. and the late Isabel Jenkins Woodward. She lived in Avondale, PA until she was about 2, then the family moved to Jennsersville, PA until 1954. After that they lived in New Castle, DE for a year, moving to Cochranville, PA in 1955. She graduated from Octoraro High School, class of 1962, where she remained class Treasurer for over 50 years, due to her being on the reunion committee.

Playing with other people’s money was her niche in life. She was a bookkeeper for Cochranville Block Co. for 22 years, moving on to Brandywine Mushroom Co, West Grove, PA and Frank Battaglia, CPA, in Kennett Square, PA until she opened her own business in 1991. She was the treasure of many organizations that she belonged to over the years.

Lana was involved with the West Grove United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for 10 years, worked with the youth fellowship and was on the administrative council. She was also a part of the Girl Scouts, being a “cookie mother” for a number of years. Avon Grove Band Boosters and PTO were also a part of her life.

In addition to her husband Earl, she is survived by her brother, Larry Woodard of West Chester, PA and her sister, Rita Phillos of Avondale, PA.A step daughter, Mindy Gunzl of Newark, DE. She had nieces, nephews and an extended family of the Andersons, Shaubs and Camps.

Her daughter, Missie Gill, passed away in 1989 and has been missed everyday since then. Lana hopes she will be missed by the many friends of Bill’s who meant the world to her for over 30 years.

Her service and burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

See you in the next life when we will gather again.

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Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove.

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  1. Earl and Rita, I just read Lana’s obituary. I’m so sorry for your loss as I know it will be hard for you to cope. Hold on to those beautiful memories that you all have made and be at peace knowing you will meet again. She was always so kind and sweet to me through the years and will miss seeing her around the area. RIP Lana

    Linda Shupe Hughes | March 14, 2019 at 5:52 AM
  2. We have so many fond memories
    Rita. Be brave.
    Rita Larry and Earl. Sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you and your.
    Libby Hessenauer

    Libby Hessenauer | March 13, 2019 at 6:59 PM
  3. We lost and will miss a very wonderful woman.

    Sam Buccio | March 12, 2019 at 9:12 AM
  4. Earl, So sorry to hear about the passing of Lana. Deepest sympathy to the rest of your family and her family. Willard and Carol Lewis

    Carol Lewis | March 10, 2019 at 9:29 PM
  5. I wish to convey my condolences to Lana’s entire family and everyone who was touched by her life.

    Lana was a good woman who always showed me kindness!

    Lisa Good | March 8, 2019 at 6:08 PM
  6. Larry, Am so sorry to hear of Lana’s passing and extend my deepest sympathy. You and I started first grade together at Charlton School in Penn Township. Lana would tag along with your mother while we waited for the school bus at Red Rose Inn. You may not remember me, but I certainly remember your family fondly.
    Zosia Hutton, originally from Jennersville.

    Laura Hutton | March 8, 2019 at 11:19 AM
  7. Earl, Rita & Larry, My heart goes out to you knowing that you will be missing an important piece of your family puzzle. I am glad to have grown up with Lana and your parents as a part of my life that I spent at the Woodward home. It was so much fun. Lana was such a sweet person and a good sister to you Rita. Though she had tears to shed during her life she always had a smile for others. Bless her and all of you.

    Becky (Evans) Tolmie | March 8, 2019 at 8:13 AM
  8. Earl and family,

    I will miss seing Lana in and around Avondale and West Grove..
    She always had a smile, a cheerful attitude and always made you feel at home..
    But I also know there is a wonderful reunion going on in heaven with her loved ones and
    Yes, Lana, we will see you again!

    My deepest sympathy for all of her family.
    I know you’ll miss her dearly💜

    Paulette Bryan | March 8, 2019 at 4:40 AM
  9. To Earl and Lana’s family: My condolences and sympathy on your loss. Lana is my cousin whom I remember visiting sometimes when we were very young, and we had a short time together several years ago. So sorry to hear of her passing.

    Louise Kreider | March 7, 2019 at 6:26 PM
  10. Lana was one of those cheerful people who enriched the lives of anyone around her. Even through her personal tragedy she had an admirable “can do attitude” that honored her daughter and kept her spirit alive,
    I’m sure she will be missed by many,
    Russ and Kathy

    Kilmer | March 7, 2019 at 10:44 AM
  11. Lana was truly a wonderful and kind woman. She will me missed by many.

    Wend Connolly | March 6, 2019 at 3:50 PM
  12. To Earl and family, so sorry to hear of Lana’s passing. She was such a sweet person. Hold on to all the good memories and find comfort. Wayne and Paula May

    Wayne an Paula May | March 6, 2019 at 11:02 AM
  13. So sorry to hear of Lana’s passing. She was an inspiration and example for so many of us.

    Barbara Crellin | March 6, 2019 at 10:06 AM
  14. I’m so very sorry for your loss… I have many childhood memories of time spent at your house with Missy… and sleepovers that both Earl and Lana made memorable! (Like coming down the stairs in the middle of the night wearing a mask!) She will be missed! Prayers for your family.

    Lenna (Hampton) Pierson | March 6, 2019 at 9:32 AM
  15. Dear Earl and Family. I am so very sorry to hear of Lana`s passing. My Sympathy and prayers to all. Sincerely, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | March 6, 2019 at 7:09 AM
  16. So sorry for your loss Earl. I will cherish all the laughs we had together. She was such a loving caring person. I’m so glad she would check on Dad when he lived alone. Now her and Missy will have so much to talk about. R.I.P. Lana ♥️

    Betty kramer | March 5, 2019 at 11:06 PM
  17. Earl, Lana looked so well the last time I saw her, such a beautiful woman inside & out.
    Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Pat & Bill Reiter

    Patricia Reiter | March 5, 2019 at 10:17 PM
  18. Dear Earl, I am so sorry for your loss, I know no words can describe your loss and those of your large “family”

    Lana made everyone feel like family! She was always happy & optimistic and had a twinkle in her eye and heart. Shortly after I met Lana, she took me under her wing in such a loving way.

    Lana, you will be missed by the hundreds or more people’s lives you’ve made better and happier. You will be deeply missed.

    Sandra McVaugh | March 5, 2019 at 9:29 PM
  19. Earl – so sorry to hear of Lana’s passing. Thoughts and prayers for comfort. Many fond memories we will hold close – a beautiful person inside and out. Norman and Tara Eggers

    Tara Eggers | March 5, 2019 at 7:41 PM
  20. Dear Earl and family, I am so sorry for your lost. Lana was a beautiful person who touch all those around her. I will always remember our chats when seeing her in WG and Perkins. She will truly be missed.

    Susan Godwin | March 5, 2019 at 7:34 PM
  21. Condolences to family and friends, Love and Peace to you, dear friend. Sari

    Sara Gilbert Chambers | March 5, 2019 at 6:48 PM
  22. So sorry for your loss. Lana and Earl where the best neighbors. Always there for me.
    Earl you are in my prayers.

    Paula Mason | March 5, 2019 at 6:14 PM
  23. Lana was an amazing person, she was such a loving and caring and good hearted person! RIP! I Remember when Roy used to call you aunt Lana, We Love You Lana! Sorry For Your Loss Earl, May God Give You Strength !

    Zory Baer | March 5, 2019 at 6:05 PM
  24. It was an honor to know Lana. I pray that her and Missie are finally together. Prayers are with you Earl and the entire family.

    Jenny Kent Hunnell

    Jennifer Hunnell | March 5, 2019 at 5:50 PM
  25. I luv u Aunt lana n u will forever b missed! Im wrapping my prayers around my uncle Apple head during this difficult time. Rest in peace n enjoy ur daughter beautiful! Thank u for so many beautiful memories. Luv alwsys ur niece stephane lanette

    Stephanie lucas | March 5, 2019 at 5:17 PM
  26. Lana was an amazingly strong and lovely person, she will be missed by many 💕

    Margie Brackin | March 5, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    alfred l lewis | March 5, 2019 at 3:51 PM
  28. So sorry for your lost,Earl we always had a great time and lots of fun when we bowled. She was always so fun loving. Sincerely Doris Slauch and Barbara Prewitt

    Doris Slauch | March 5, 2019 at 3:24 PM
  29. Earl and family I’m so sorry to hear about your loss

    Laura Hammond | March 5, 2019 at 2:39 PM

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