Lillian Short, 84

Lillian Mae Short, 84, formerly of Wabash, died at 8:54p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at the Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. 

She was born June 3, 1933, to Harold and Hulda (Renbarger) Harnish and lived her entire life in Wabash County. 

Lillian graduated from Linlawn High School class of 1951.  Lillian married Fredrick Short, July 4, 1954, at the Wabash Friends Church, of which she was a birth right member, and he survives. 

During her working years, she worked as a secretary at Wabash Art Metal, Minneapolis Honeywell, Wabash Magnetics, Frances Slocum Bank, Wabash Credit Bureau, Wabash County Hospital and White’s Institute. 

After years of full-time work and raising five children, she went into semi-retirement working part-time as a secretary at the St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ and as an Avon representative for over 20 years.  She truly enjoyed visiting her Avon customers whom she considered friends.  She was also a volunteer with the Wabash County Hospital Auxiliary.  She was an active member of the Wabash Friends Church most of her life, then attended the First Church of God in Wabash.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Fredrick Short of North Manchester; five children, Stanley (Nancy) Short of Nashville, Tenn.; Diana (Jim) Stump, Ryan (Tracy) Short, Maria Short, all of Wabash, and Peggy (Tadd) Eads of Lagro; eight grandchildren: Cari (Stephen) Freer of Vilnius Lithuania; Air Force Capt. Liza Short of Bunnlevel, N.C..; Abby (Blake) Bitzer of Noblesville; Allison (Corbin) Dawes of Andrews; Cami (Jason) Wulfeck of Edgewood, Ky.; Army Specialist Chase Stump of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Steffan (Ciara) Short of Noblesville, and Brooklyn (Tyler) Guenin of Urbana; four great-granddaughters, Odessa Freer, Reagan Wulfeck, Brontly Bitzer and Oakley Guenin, who brought Lillian great joy; two nieces, three nephews and many cousins.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Donald Harnish. 

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Services, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash, with Brian Daniels officiating.  Private committal services will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Lillian’s request was that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the: Lupus Foundation of America Indiana Chapter, 9302 N. Meridian St. Suite 203, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or the Parkview Wabash Hospital Foundation. 

The memorial guestbook for Lillian may be signed at


Posted on 2018 Jan 04