Elizabeth “Betty” Gruber, farmer, cherished family

By on March 20, 2013

Elizabeth "Betty" Mae (Keener) Gruber, 89, of Ephrata, formerly of Bainbridge, passed away in the loving arms of her Savior with family by her side Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Ephrata Community Hospital.

She was born Monday, May 14, 1923 in Manheim ("Sporting Hill") to the late Jacob L. and Adeline E. (Good) Keener. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 66 years, Menno Gruber, who passed away November 24, 2012.

Betty worked on the family farm alongside her husband for many years. She was a member of Elizabethtown United Zion Church where she faithfully worshipped for 43 years. She recently attended Middle Creek Church of the Brethren. Betty liked to keep her mind active by doing jigsaw and word search puzzles as well as being an avid reader. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and tending to her flowerbeds. Most importantly she was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother who cherished the time she got to spend with her family.

She is survived by a son: Glenn L. Gruber; three daughters: Carol A. Martin; Lois E. Good and husband Harold; and Marilyn F. Keller and husband Donald; three grandchildren: Heather Diener, Justin Gruber, and Chasity Saenz; three great grandchildren: Bradley Loyd, and Brent and Abby Saenz; and two siblings: Evelyn Good and husband Wilbur; and Arthur Keener and wife Arlene. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son: Donald Gruber.

Family and friends attended a viewing on March 18 at Miller-Sekely Funeral Home & Crematory, Elizabethtown. Funeral services were held March 19 at Middle Creek Church of the Brethren, Lititz, with Rev. Harold Brandt and Rev. John Hess officiating with a viewing prior to the service. Burial followed in Goods Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 or Faith Friendship Ministry, 128 W. Main St., Mountville 17554. Online condolences may be shared at millerfuneralhome.com.

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