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Mary E. Davis

Mary E. Davis CORNWALL Mary E. Davis, 90, formerly of Marion Twp., died Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Cornwall Manor. She was the wife of H. Robert Keeler, who died in 1987, and Earnest H. Darkes, who died in 1978. Born in Millcreek Twp., on January 3, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Edna (Kurtz) Bennetch. A member of St. Jacob's Kimmerlings Church, Lebanon, she was a 1941 graduate of Millcreek Twp. High School, and a 1945 graduate of Kutztown State Teacher's College where she received a B.S. degree in elementary education and speech. A school teacher at Annville Elementary School for three years, she was a substitute teacher for many years in the Tulpehocken School Dist. and taught in the Rocky Ledge Amish Parochial School, Myerstown, retiring in 1981. She owned and operated the Hiwwelhaus Bed & Breakfast, Womelsdorf, for many years and helped her first husband, Earnest, run the family farm for many years. She was a member of the Lebanon Co. Flower Club, Lebanon YMCA, the local Farm Women Group, and did monologues as "Annie Drukebrot" at churches and nursing homes. She enjoyed painting, traveling, gardening, and hiking. She is survived by a daughter, Jayne, wife of Robert Lester of Doylestown; sons, David, husband of Joy Darkes of Womelsdorf, Robert, husband of Rosemary Darkes of Womelsdorf, and Brook, husband of Melodie Darkes of Richland; stepsons, Jack Keeler of Jacksonville, Fla., and Thomas Keeler of Charleston, W.Va.; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Louis Bennetch, and a granddaughter, Nicole Lynn. A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. from St. Jacob's Kimmerlings Church, 1st Jacob's Drive, Lebanon, preceded by a visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 26800, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002. Grose Funeral Home, Myerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements. www.grosefuneralhome.com

Published in Lebanon Daily News on Jan. 16, 2014
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