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Lydia "Laughing Lydia" Woltman Canright
Birth: Nov. 24, 1927
Marlin
Falls County
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 17, 2006
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA

Lydia Woltman was born at home near Marlin, Texas, on November 24, 1927. She was full-blood German with a Swiss heritage. She began picking cotton before she could walk, her mother dragging her through the fields on a burlap bag. By the time Lydia started school, she was reading the German newspaper to her grandmother every week.

Lydia graduated from Marlin High School, and then attended Dallas Bible Institute where she graduated in 1948. She worked for a time in Chicago at the Slavic Gospel Association before returning to Dallas Bible Institute as Assistant to the Registrar.

After marrying Louis Franklin Canright in 1952, Lydia bore three daughters, Grace, Joy, and Faith. Lydia was active in Henderson Bible Church, Grove Bible Church, Riverside Bible Church, and in the PTA of three schools. She played the organ and the accordion and was a gifted pianist: anyone who ever heard her play "The Midnight Fire Alarm" will never forget it.

"Laughing Lydia" loved iris and bluebonnets and all things floral. Many years, an annual event would be a midnight watch for her Night-Blooming Cereus to unfurl. Her love for flowers cultivated her love for photography.

Lydia traveled extensively with her family, visiting 49 states, Canada, & Mexico. She longed to see Hawaii, and her lifelong dream was a trip to Switzerland, the land of her heritage. In later years, Lydia became an accomplished quilter and was a charter member of the Mesquite Quilt Guild and also a member of the Quilter's Guild of Dallas.

Lydia entered into the presence of the Lord on January 17, 2006. She is loved and she is missed.

Preceded in death by mother Martha Marie Deislinger Woltman (1980), father Bernhard August Woltman (1982), and sisters Marie Martha Woltman (1948) and Ruth Woltman Perkins (2005).

Survived by brother Ben; daughters, Grace, Joy, Faith; 6 grandchildren, Carissa, Jessica, Daniel, Micah, Shiloh, Sarah; 2 great grandchildren, Isaac, Janae; and ex-husband Louis Franklin Canright.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Bernhard August Woltman (1902 - 1982)
  Martha Marie Deislinger Woltman (1901 - 1980)
 
 Spouse:
  Louis Franklin Canright (1933 - 2006)
 
 Siblings:
  Lydia Woltman Canright (1927 - 2006)
  Ruth Woltman Perkins (1928 - 2005)*
  Marie Martha Woltman (1930 - 1948)*
  Ben Deislinger Woltman (1933 - 2014)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hillcrest Cemetery
Marlin
Falls County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section G, Block 10, Lot 6
 
Created by: Faith Louise
Record added: Feb 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65080711
Lydia Laughing Lydia <i>Woltman</i> Canright
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Lydia Laughing Lydia <i>Woltman</i> Canright
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Lydia Laughing Lydia <i>Woltman</i> Canright
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What a joyous reunion today must be! Your entire birth family is together again, for the first time since 1948. I love you, and I'll so miss Uncle Ben. See you soon.
- Faith Louise
 Added: Aug. 8, 2014
Mother, sometimes I feel nigh on to death with the missing of you. In a few days, it will be 8 years, yet I still can't understand how the world has kept turning since I last held your warm hand.
- Faith Louise
 Added: Jan. 13, 2014
Still lost without you.
- Faith Louise
 Added: Jun. 28, 2012
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