R. Elaine Dalley, 87, Manheim H.S. grad, inspector at Datcon, enjoyed basket making, mud sales

By on November 15, 2017

R. Elaine Dalley, 87, of Manheim, passed away on Tuesday morning, Nov. 7, 2017, at Mount Hope Nazarene Retirement Community, following a brief illness.

She was the daughter of the late Elmer H. and Esther Kreider Hershey. She was the wife of the late Milton M. Dalley, who died in 2015.

Elaine was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Manheim. She was a 1948 graduate of Manheim High School. Prior to retiring, she was employed as an inspector by Datcon in East Petersburg for more than 20 years. Previously, she was employed by the former Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, and Woodstream in Lititz.

She enjoyed cats, making wicker baskets, and collecting teddy bears. She and Milton enjoyed attending public auctions and local mud sales.

She is survived by a son: James G., husband of Lorie Sonnen, of York; a stepson: Christopher D. Dalley of Bethlehem; a brother: J. Richard, husband of Mary Alice Hershey, of Duluth, Minn.; and two nieces.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son: Steven E. Sonnen; and a brother: E. Eugene Hershey.

A graveside service was held Nov. 11 at Kauffman Mennonite Cemetery, Manheim.

Please omit flowers. If desired, contributions may be made to Mount Hope Nazarene Retirement Community, 3026 Mount Hope Road, Manheim, PA 17545.

To express a condolence with the family, visit spencefuneralservices.com. Spence Funeral Home, Manheim, assisted Elaine’s family with the arrangements.

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