Ruth L. Mellinger, 99, formerly of Baumgardner Road, Willow Street, a resident of Landis Homes, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 15, 2016.
She was the wife of the late Benjamin G. Mellinger who died in 2004. Born in Martic Twp., she was the daughter of the late Jacob F. and Katie Thomas Lefever.
Ruth worked for 30 years as a clerk for C. H. Thomas Meats at the Lancaster Central and Southern Markets. She was a member of the Byerland Mennonite Church where she had been active in the sewing circle. An avid quilter, Ruth sewed hundreds of health and school kit bags for Mennonite Central Committee. She had enjoyed volunteering at Black Rock Retreat, West Willow Fire Company, Mennonite Central Committee and the Mennonite Home.
Surviving are two daughters, Evelyn J. wife of J. Raymond Souders of Lancaster, and Marian R. wife of Lester K. Denlinger of Willow Street; five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; a brother, Abram T. husband of Ruth Lefever of Lititz; also surviving are two sister-in-laws, Barbara Lefever of Lancaster and Esther Lefever of Lititz, and a brother-in-law Parke Mellinger of Willow Street. She was preceded in death by brothers Jacob Lefever and Robert Lefever, and by a sister Elsie Sangrey.
Ruth’s family would like to thank the staff of Conestoga House at Landis Homes for their care and support during the last months of mother’s life.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:30 P.M. at the Byerland Mennonite Church, 931 Byerland Church Road, Willow Street, PA with Pastor Joe Garber officiating. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 5:30 P.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Mellinger’s memory may be made to the Caring Fund at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.