Mary Elizabeth Gingrich

Mary Elizabeth Gingrich, 93, of Landis Homes, previously of Landisville, Pa., died Oct. 19, 2021. She was born Dec. 6, 1927, to T. Edison and Mary Musser Gingrich in Lancaster.

She spent her life giving of herself to others, always sharing with those who had little, loving the unlovely and caring for those who needed a friend. A lifelong member of Landisville Mennonite Church, she taught Sunday school and Bible school and spent two weeks of every summer teaching Bible school at Steam Valley. She worked in nursing as a CNA for 30 years at the Mennonite home, LGH and Calvary Homes. After her career she spent many years volunteering at the LGH Health Campus day surgery center. She was one of the first volunteers when the center opened in 1994. Everyone who knew her loved her friendly smile and her quick step in getting the work done, all the while making people feel special.

She loved spending time on her brother John’s farm, helping with the chores and children. Her 21 nephews and nieces became her children as she loved them all deeply. She was a valiant prayer warrior who was concerned that every person knew Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life. She spent much time praying for her two missionary brothers, Paul and James, and their families, during their years of service far from home.

She loved music, reading, traveling with friends and family. She was a wonderful cook and hostess, opening her home to many.

Survivors include a sister, Martha Charles Sangree; a brother, James M. (Joan) Gingrich; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, John M. (Blanche Kreider) Gingrich and Paul M. (Ann Keener) Gingrich; two brothers-in-law, Ivan Charles and Paul Sangree; a niece and a nephew.

A private viewing and burial will take place at the discretion of the family with a celebration of life at Landisville Mennonite Church. Donations may be made to the Landis Homes Benevolence Fund.

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