Ellen ‘Dolly’ Barber, 110, Brethren Village resident, had tea at the White House twice

By on July 9, 2014

Ellen “Dolly” Barber lived to the incredible age of 110 before she passed away at Brethren Village Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

She was born in Eden, Lancaster County to the late Daniel and Ellie Kemper. She lived in Lancaster for many years before moving to Brethren Village in 2003. Dolly’s husband J. Thomas (Tom) Barber, who was the editor of the Lancaster Sunday News, died in 1985.

Dolly was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. She was a homemaker, an avid reader and she enjoyed taking care of the family finances and investments. She traveled to many interesting places with her husband such as Rio de Janeiro and Havana for his work. She had the honor of having tea at the White House on two separate occasions, once with Lady Bird Johnson and once with Jacqueline Kennedy.

Surviving Dolly are her son: John T. “Jack” Barber, Esquire, of Lancaster; granddaughters, Kathleen Morgan of Nottingham and Sheila Barber of East Stroudsburg, and her great-grandchildren: Bryan Morgan, and Kathryn and John Vallilee.

In addition to her husband, Dolly was preceded in death by her brothers: Bart and Elmer Kemper.

Services were held July 9 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Lancaster, with Rev. Michael Culkin as Celebrant. Interment will take place in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater PA, 2595 Interstate Dr., Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

To send the family online condolences, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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