E. Ruth Martin, 87, taught at Ephrata Mennonite School, MCC volunteer, enjoyed quilting

By on April 5, 2017

Ruth Martin, 87, of Lititz, formerly of Columbia, went home to her loving Lord, from Landis Homes on March 28, 2017.

She was born in West Donegal Township, the daughter of Witmer W. and Esther (Ebersole) Hossler.

She was a member of Stoney Brook Mennonite Church in York. She was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College, Class of 1964, with an elementary teaching degree, and taught 13 years at Ephrata and Kraybill Mennonite Schools. She was later employed by Eastern Mennonite Missions in Salunga, and retired from there after a total of 14 years in 1994. During retirement, she enjoyed quilting, assisting in making MCC comforters, reading biographies, congregational histories, and attending auctions.

She is survived by a sister-in-law: Martha (Hossler) Kreider, wife of John Kreider, at Landis Homes; a nephew: Loren Hossler, husband of Audrey; grand-nephew: Kyle; and grand-niece: Kelly of Newmanstown; a niece: Kendra Goodman of Leola; and three stepchildren: Reta Steffe, wife of the Rev. Larry, of Dowelltown, Tenn.; Jerry Martin, husband of Garnette, of York; and Joel Martin, husband of Linda, of Manchester; six step-grandchildren: Richard Steffe, Melissa Ferrell, Kevin Knezic, Andrea Gravelle, Laura Martin, Scott Bahn; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Eldon Martin of Hagerstown, Md.; a sister: Mary Hossler of Lititz; a brother: Paul Hossler of Lancaster; two stepchildren: Elva Knezic, John Martin; and step-grandchild: Leah Martin.

Services were held April 4 at the West Bethany Chapel of Landis Homes, Lititz, with Chaplain James Leaman officiating. Burial was in Stoney Brook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Landis Home Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

Arrangements by the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, York. Condolences may be offered at etzweilerfuneralhome.com.

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