Phyllis E. Esbenshade, Worked at Joyce Gibble Gifts, sang in the Grace UCC choir, loved décor

By on July 13, 2016

Phyllis Ethel Esbenshade (née Roberts) of Ephrata, passed away July 3, 2016 at Ephrata Manor.

She was the loving wife of J. Fred Esbenshade, with whom she celebrated 72 years of marriage. She was born in Lebanon on March 13, 1920, to Herbert Light and Ethel Mutch Roberts.

A member of Grace United Church of Christ, Eden, Phyllis was a long time member of the choir. Her love of décor was evident in her employment at Joyce Gibbel Gifts where she worked for many years.

Phyllis is survived by her husband: Fred; and her children: John F. Jr., husband of Donna, Lancaster; Phillip R., husband of Trudy, New Holland; and Carol Ann Groff, wife of James, York. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Phyllis was predeceased by her brothers: Donald L. and Herbert James Roberts.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of her life in the chapel at Ephrata Manor, 99 Bethany Road, Ephrata, on July 31 at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Katie Cort officiating. Friends may greet the family an hour prior to the service. Interment in the Landis Valley Mennonite Cemetery will be private, at the discretion of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace United Church of Christ, 1947 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601; or United Church of Christ Homes Inc. Benevolent Fund, 30 N. 31st St., Camp Hill, PA 17011.

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit DeBordSnyder.com. DeBord Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory, Lancaster, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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