Elva H. Martin, 98, Manheim Auto Auction kitchen worker, enjoyed gardening, handicrafts

By on May 23, 2018

Elva H. Martin, 98, resident of Brethren Village in Lititz, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 15, 2018.

Born in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Samuel S. and Eva E. (Haar) Baer. Elva shared 59 years of marriage with Samuel E. Martin until his passing in 1999.

Together they tended a large garden, traveled across the U.S., visited Florida in the winter, and played miniature golf with friends. Elva was a faithful member of White Oak Church of the Brethren. She was a homemaker and domestic worker for many years, tended market stands in Shillington and Broomall, and worked in the kitchen at Manheim Auto Auction for 15 years. In her retirement, she volunteered at Brethren Village and enjoyed reading, puzzles, and playing games. She also enjoyed crocheting afghans and making braided rugs for her family.

Elva is survived by her six sons: Jay, husband of Janice (Rohrer) Martin; Ernie, husband of Barbara (Heffner) Martin; Dale, husband of Joanne (Hostetter) Martin; Paul Martin; Ralph, husband of Bonnie (Brandt) Martin; and Lee Martin. In addition, Elva is survived by 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Elva was preceded in death by four brothers: John, George, Samuel, and Archie Baer; and three sisters: Mary Worley; Alice Painter; and Elva’s twin, Anna Nixdorf.

Elva was also blessed with foster parents: the late Edwin and Lizzie Longenecker; and her foster siblings: Carl, Jacob, Elva Miller, Floy Kover; and the late Verna Copenhaver, and Ray Longenecker.

Services were held May 19 at White Oak Church of the Brethren, Manheim. Interment was in Longenecker Brethren Cemetery, Warwick Township.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may send contributions in Elva’s memory to White Oak Church of the Brethren, 1211 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545.

To place a condolence online, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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