Miriam Good Hess Gockley, 94, famous for her baking, loved flowers, spending time with grandchildren

By on April 30, 2014

Miriam Good Hess Gockley, 94, formerly of Rothsville, entered into rest April 27, 2014 at Lancashire Hall.

Born in Willow Street, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Flora Good Hess. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lester Gockley (2011).

A member of the Ephrata Mennonite Church, she lived in Rothsville for 65 years. When she was 15 her mother died and she assumed the household duties and cared for her 10 siblings. A skilled housekeeper, she worked for many families as a young woman and continued to be in demand into her 70s. Well known for her cooking and baking skills, Miriam’s lemon meringue and pumpkin pies were loved by her neighbors and grandchildren.

Miriam had a passion for flowers, but her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren, two who were loved by her in person each day and two who were held close to her heart despite their distance.

She will be lovingly missed by her son: Wayne Gockley (Karen Speer), China; a daughter: Darlene Weaver, Akron; grandchildren: Laura, Ryan, Luke, and Jake; a brother: Warren; and a sister: Flora.

She is preceded in death by her siblings: Clarence, Henry, Wilbur, Wayne, Oliver, Elizabeth, Arlene, Mildred and Lillian.

Family and friends are invited to the Richard H. Heisey Funeral Home, 216 S. Broad St., Lititz for a viewing on Thursday, May 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m., Friday May 2 at Byerland Mennonite Church, 931 Byerland Church Rd., Willow Street, with a viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Byerland Mennonite Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Miriam may be made to the Lititz Senior Center, 201 Market St., Lititz, PA 17543.

To send online condolences to the family, visit richardheiseyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by the Richard H. Heisey Funeral Home, Lititz.

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