SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. - Tanya L. Hemphill, 43, of Shinglehouse, passed away Tuesday (May 20, 2014) at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a prolonged battle with muscular dystrophy.
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Born on May 26, 1970, in Olean, she was a daughter of James F. and Patricia Ann Ellsworth Ayers. On July 21, 2000, in Swoyersville, she married John W. Hemphill, who survives.
Tanya was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1988, in Shinglehouse.
She was employed by Pride Mobility LLC in Pittston for several years.
Tanya was a member of the Bell Run Union Church and attended the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. She was an active member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department until her illness prevented her from being able to serve the community.
She loved to read, play cards and solve word searches. Her greatest love was her family.
Surviving besides her husband are a son, Aaron J. Hemphill at home; her father, of Shinglehouse; two brothers, Spencer A. Ayers of Shinglehouse and Jason W. (Rayna) Ayers of Richburg, N.Y.; her maternal grandmother, Lucile M. Ellsworth of Smethport; and several nieces.
Tanya was preceded in death by her mother.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon today (May 23, 2014) at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 S. Union St., Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at noon with the Rev. Chad Shaffer, pastor of Bell Run Union Church and the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, co-officiating. Burial will be in Sharon Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may made to the family to assist with expenses, c/o Elaine Austin, 43 Trails End Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Tanya, visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.
Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
118 South Union St.
Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Published in The Olean Times Herald from May 22 to May 23, 2014