The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:
Lolita Thayer Guthrie has been chosen as the 2006 inductee into the Ruth C. Bishop Volunteer Hall of Honor. Mrs. Guthrie was nominated for this honor by the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), of Mansfield.
Lolita, a Hoosier native, met her husband, Mearl Guthrie of Abilene, Kansas, while he served in the U.S. Army and attended specialized training at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana early in World War II. On 21 June 2006, they celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary.
After a few years as an elementary school teacher, Lolita chose to be a stay-at-home Mom. Dudring this time, she served in volunteer leadership roles for the First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Gree, Maumee Vally Presbytery, the local Hospital Guild, as well as state and local history organizations.
Mearl is a Professor Emeritus of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio and was recently recognized as one of 100 "Distinguished Alumni of the College of Education and Human Development of the University of Minnesota." They have two children, Scott who works for Bowling Green University onthe Computer Security Staff and Carla Hall, who resides in Dublin, Ohio. She is a Staff Consultant-Database Administrator for Verizon. Carla's daughter, Julie Spanner, is a Civil Engineer and lives in Walbridge, Ohio.
Lolita is one of the most active septugenarians known by the Ohio Genealogical Society. Her interest in genealogical research and cemetery preservation has occupied most of her adult life. She volunteers thirty to forty hours of her time every week to the local Wood County OGS chapter. She originated many projects and remains the force behind these to encourage members and non-members of the society to become involved.
Lolita's involvement with the Ohio Genealogical Society began innocently enough when she started riding to Mansfield with a board member friend to do research on days of Board meetings in 1990. She soon accepted an appointment as OGS Cemetery Committee Chairperson. It took thirteen years, but under her leadership, the Cemetery Committee completely overhauled the information in two previous OGS cemetery books and in 2003 published Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003, with information on over 14,600 cemeteries and burial sites throughout the state. In 1993, she served her first term on the OGS Board of Trustees, continuing since that time. Having chosen to "retire" earlier this year, she promised to remain active on the OGS Cemetery Committee.
Currently Lolita is President of the Wood County OGS Chapter and Projects Coordinator, working closely with the newsletter editor and she proofreads every edition. Among her contributions to the Guthrie family history are: The First Annual Guthrie Scrpbook, 1998, Highlighting Allied Familes: Cline, Kitterman and Guthrie Genealogy, with Index from the Clan Guthrie News, a publication she produced for twenty-three years.
Lolita developed a phenomenal relationship with the Wood County Commissioners and local and state government officials. In 1993, Governor George Voinovich appointed her as an original member of the board of the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Committee. She has helped to change cemetery registration laws for townships in Ohio. Her expertise is appreciated by those with whom she works.
The Ohio Genealogical Society recognized her service and announces Lolita's service to it and for her continuing efforts for preservation of cemetery records and to the state of Ohio.