Ruth G. Shelly 93, oldest member at East Fairview Church of the Brethren

By on March 27, 2013

Ruth G. Shelly, 93, formerly of Manheim and Lititz, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Hamilton Arms Center, Lancaster, after a brief illness.

Born in Rapho Township, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Lizzie Souder Geib. A homemaker, Ruth was the loving wife of the late Mahlon N. Shelly, who died in June 2000.

Ruth was the oldest member of East Fairview Church of the Brethren, Manheim. Her interests included vegetable and flower gardening, playing bingo and rooting for the Phillies. She had a life-long passion for her family and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are five daughters: Nancy P., wife of Ronald R. Auker of Manheim; Susan D., wife of Jay Zellers of Elizabethtown; Sandra R. Sauder of New Holland; Vickie E. Miller of Sporting Hill; and Lydia M. Crigger of Ebensburg; two sons: Jeffrey L. Shelly; and Dennis N., husband of Paula Ammon Shelly, both of Lititz; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death is a son: Gerald Shelly; sons-in-law: James Sauder, Dennis Miller, Billy Crigger; four brothers: Isaac, Clinton, Elam and Jacob Geib; and four sisters: Elsie Hostetter, Anna Geib, Kathryn Olweiler and Martha Cover.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral service at the East Fairview Church of the Brethren, 1187 Fairview Road, Manheim, on Friday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. There will be a public viewing at the church on Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Those desiring may send contributions in Ruth’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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