Anna Jane Crider, 95, served in WAVES in WWII, dairy farmer, Manheim Central substitute teacher

By on May 3, 2017

Anna Jane Crider, 95, of Manheim, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017, at her residence.

Born in Elizabethtown, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Emma (Landis) Withers. Jane was the wife of the late Clarence W. Crider, who passed away May 16, 1991.

Jane graduated from Elizabethtown College. She proudly served in the United States Navy WAVES during World War II. Upon discharge from the Navy, she returned to the area and took up a job doing clerical duties for the Harrisburg State Hospital, where she met Clarence. They married shortly thereafter. For the next few years after their marriage they worked together to build up their family dairy farm and raise their two young children.

After they became well established, she went back to work and became a substitute teacher for Manheim Central School District, and eventually returned to Elizabethtown College to teach reading and study skills. Jane was a member of Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Maytown. Among those who knew her, she was well known for her cheerful and positive spirit, as well as for her loving devotion to family, often putting the needs and wants of her family members above her own. Jane will be dearly missed by many.

Jane is survived by two children: David S. Crider, husband of Jane, of Omaha, Neb.; and S. Rebecca Thomas, wife of Jonathan, of Manheim. Also surviving are five grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at Hanoverdale Cemetery, Hummelstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 96, Maytown, PA 17550.

To send an online condolence, visit Sheetz Funeral Home, Mount Joy, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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