Thursday, December 7, 2023

Eunice Lightel—Owner of Historic Ukiah Gas Station, Beloved Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, and Grandma

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Eunice M. Lightel [Picture provided by her granddaughter Carlee]

Eunice M. Lightel, 92, of Redwood Valley, CA, passed away on November 3, 2023, in her home with her family.

A celebration of life will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, January 6th, 2024 at Redwood Valley Grange.

Eunice was born in Chicago, IL to Cecil Clements and Marie Clements (nee Godman) on July 31, 1931. She went to school in Chicago, then moved with her family to Fremont, CA before finally settling in Philo, CA. She married Therlow Lightel on March 26, 1947, in Boonville, CA. Together, they founded, owned, and operated Lightel’s Food and Fuel, a convenience store in Ukiah, CA.

Eunice is preceded in death by her father, Cecil Clements; mother, Marie Brumbaugh (nee Godman); husband, Therlow Lightel; sister, Phyllis Porter; brother, Rick Clements; and son, Steven Lightel.  

Eunice is survived by daughter, Sondra Carlstedt (nee Lightel); granddaughter, Carlee Lightel; great-granddaughter, Sylvia Fogle; sisters Dawn Riley and Diane Clements; and by a multitude of dear friends that were more like family.

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The family of Eunice wishes to extend our sincerest gratitude to our community of friends and loved ones for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.

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  1. It has been an honor and a privilege to share the last 6 years with you Carlee helping take care of Grandma. Along with Sylvia, Angie and Chris. It’s comforting to know she is with Therlow and Steven again. She lived a long and beautiful life. The most beautiful part was gaining another grandparent long after mine were gone. She was my Grandma too. Life will go on. And she will never be forgotten.

  2. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow. (Alma 40:12) Book of Mormon

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