Arbutus Lykins

December 2, 1932 - January 2, 2021

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Arbutus (Handshoe) Lykins, "Grandma Boot", age 88, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at her home in Mansfield, Ohio. She was born on Dec. 2, 1932 in Knott County Kentucky. Grandma Boot was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was a gentle God fearing woman who married to the love of her life at age 14, Milton Lykins. She had two beautiful children, Ruth and Ed, and raised two of her granddaughters upon the death of her daughter-in-law.

"Boot" was a 50's housewife who opened her home and heart to many people and family members over the years. Arbutus cared for her father-in-law and daughter-in-law during times in her life and also cared for her mother and husband at home until they passed. She loved yearly fishing trips to Canada with her family and friends and traveling to her daughters home in Florida to visit three of her granddaughters. Vegetable gardening, canning and flower beds were her hobbies along with serving, decorating and big family dinners. Something you may not know about Boots; she was very active in the Nazarene Church in the 50's and 60's, taught Sunday school and proudly graduated her 2 children. She and her husband also designed their basement of their family home on Austin Drive for big Sunday school parties and family get-togethers. She will be greatly missed by all of the people who know her. She was a member of the Willard Baptist Church and was a loving mother, sister and grandmother.

She is survived by 5 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Milton E. Lykins, daughter, Ruth Ann Dawson, son, Edwin Lykins and granddaughter, Kimberly L. Davidson.

There will be no calling hours or funeral at this time. Burial will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio at a later date. Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio assisted the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth Hospice of Mansfield, 335 Glessner Ave., Mansfield, OH 44903. Online condolences may be made to the family at


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Dave and Roberta Mathias - Jan 10, 2021
So very sorry to hear of Arbutus passing. We were neighbors for over 20 years. Many good talks and visits. We missed seeing her when she moved to Indiana. Would have loved to visit had we known she was close again. She was a sweetheart!
Ruth and Alfred Sharp - Jan 8, 2021
Arbutus was our neighbor, she was a sweet lady and we enjoyed talking to her and watching out for her. If we knew she was in Mansfield we certainly would have visited her, last we knew she moved to Indiana. She was a very special lady. Rest in peace Arbutus.
Bev Ganni - Jan 7, 2021
To all you beautiful girls , my thoughts and prayers are with you. You have all come thru so very much and I know you will miss her greatly. Boots and Milt were wonderful people. God bless each of you through this difficult time.
Rosalie Keesy - Jan 4, 2021
Becky & Melissa So sorry for your loss! Grandma Boot was a wonderful lady. Your both in my thoughts and prayers. Find comfort that she is home with her love Milton and with your dad. Hugs and prayers always here for you ❤️Love ya
Joanne Michel - Jan 4, 2021
Dear Lykins Family, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to all of you as I’ve learned of the passing of Arbutus. When she was my mother-in-law, I learned many wonderful things from her. What I remember most is her love for our Lord Jesus Christ. I always admired how she and Milton would plant a wonderful garden and come harvest time, I would join them for some canning and freezing. I so enjoyed sitting with her and talking for hours as we rocked in our chairs in the beautiful living room or basement. Even though I had not seen her or talked to her in many years, I hold fond memories of her in my heart. She has amazed me over the years how she has overcome various heartaches. And now she is at rest...and at peace and together again with those she loved who left too young or too soon. Thinking of you all. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Asking God to show you His love in unmistakable ways at this difficult time. ❤️ Joanne