Betty Lorae Root Stauffer, 91, family business worker, married 70 years, enjoyed sewing, pinochle

By on September 20, 2017

Betty Lorae Root Stauffer, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Keystone Villa in Ephrata.

Born in Ephrata on Oct. 24, 1925, she was the wife of Robert K. “Bob” Stauffer. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on April 5, 2017 at Keystone Villa. She was the daughter of the late James S. Root and Anna Mae Leisey Root.

Betty graduated from Ephrata High School, Class of 1943 and worked as a bookkeeper for Penn Dairies, and later transferred those skills to the family businesses of Earl Y. Stauffer and Sons and Twin Brook Mobile Home Park. But her first priority was being a loving wife and mother. Caring for her family was of utmost importance and her legacy of love has continued over the generations.

She enjoyed playing pinochle and bridge in card clubs and was an even more avid pinochle player with her children and grandchildren. She took pleasure in the creativity of being a seamstress and made many outfits for the family including “original” Barbie clothing. She always had an open door, and whenever family visited, she made sure no one ever left empty-handed or hungry. Over the years, she also enjoyed bowling, golf, tennis, and billiards, whether in Pennsylvania or while being a snowbird visiting family in Englewood, Florida, for 21 of their retirement years.

In addition to her husband, Bob, she is survived by a son: William, husband of Lois (Bingeman) Stauffer, of Whitehall; two daughters: Barbara, wife of Dr. Richard Gelder, Osprey, Florida; and Bonnie Richardson, Ephrata; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; a brother: Paul Root; and two sisters: Marie Dart and Brenda Lanni.

Betty was predeceased by her parents; a son: Larry; four brothers: Ralph, James, Robert “Bobby,” and Richard “Dick” Root; and a sister: Thelma Groff.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 1:30 p.m., at the Home Towne Square Clubhouse, 577 Constitution Drive, Ephrata. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Keystone Villa, Senior Helpers, and Hospice and Community Care, for all their tremendous loving care, comfort, and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

To share a fond memory of Betty, visit stradlingfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

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