Lisa Ford, 1950-2020

Columbia Daily Tribune
Lisa Ford

Mary Louisa Ford, a local Columbia portrait artist, interior decorator and gardening enthusiast died on Oct. 1, 2020 at the age of 69. Lisa is survived by husband Hamp Ford, brother “Flipper” Leslie Carson, son Joseph DeLong IV, stepchildren Elizabeth (Jon) Wilson, Carol (Craig) Gschwend, and Susan Robertson. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Riley, Lindy, Benjamin, Abigail, Elizabeth, Caroline, Olivia, Alexis and great-grandson, Kelsey, and best friend Marla Riley.

Lisa was born on Dec. 22, 1950 to “Flip” Forest and Virginia Carson. She attended Southern Methodist University and graduated from William Woods University, later receiving her master’s degree in fine arts from University of Missouri. She married her ever-loving husband “Hamp” Wade Hampton Ford Jr. in August of 1983 and was known throughout the years to believe she was a great help with his case work.

Lisa was a talented artist, specializing in portrait and floral subject matter. She was an avid gardener and an incredible chef. Particularly imaginative and engaged in Halloween, she grew to be famous dressing up as the Hill Creek Acres wicked witch and flying through the trees on a harness while microphoned in full makeup to give the kids on the annual hayride a joyful surprise.

Lisa enjoyed tennis and riding horses, winning in numerous competitions in her teen years. She volunteered at Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center. She was a highly sought-after interior decorator, loved animals, was a colorful storyteller and legendary entertainer. She loved to get dressed up to the nines and throw parties… but was equally at home digging in the dirt and fussing with her vegetables or redecorating. She was engaged with the Columbia Art League and served from time to time as an art instructor while her son, Joseph, attended Helias High School.

A memorial service will be held privately for the family at 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 6, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service. A link will be posted to our website for public viewing of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be made to Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center.

Lisa was restless and now she rests.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at