Elizabeth Schearer Mory, 97, of Harrisburg, PA., died peacefully surrounded by her family at Ecumenical Community Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. Charles Schaeffer Mory, her husband of 53 years, preceded her in death in 2003.
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The daughter of William Schearer and Lizzie Holl, she was born in Reading, Pa., on February 4, 1914. Her family included cherished sibilings Arthur, John, William, and Dorothy. She grew up in Boyertown, Pa., and graduated from Boyertown High School in 1931. The Mansion House was both her home and workplace until her adult years when she married Charles and moved to Harrisburg in 1950.
Surviving are her son Charles Schaeffer Mory Jr., and his wife Cynthia, of Harrisburg, and her daughter Elizabeth Margaret Mory, of Roanoke, Va. Mrs. Mory created many memories with her adoring grandsons Chase, Christian and Alec. Enriching her life were nieces Marty Akrop of Reno, Nev., Susan Tapscott, of Houston, Texas, and her nephew David Schearer of Boyertown. She was close to her sister-in-law Mary Schultz of Ponte Verdre Beach, Fla.
Elizabeth was most proud of her Pennsylvania German heritage. Her cat Ralph was her constant companion. Active as a Girl Scout leader and library volunteer in earlier years at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, she lately devoted spare time as a member of Paxton Presbyterian Church. In her last years, Elizabeth drove a car, gardened, lived independently, and traveled both in the U.S. and abroad. She went sportfishing on her beloved Cape Cod Bay and climbed the steps of Castle Neuschwanstein. The intensity and vitality of Elizabeth's presence will be sorely missed but continue to inspire her family.
A celebration of her life was held Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 in her church and burial was held at the conenience of the family at Spangsville Cemetary in Oley, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Paxton Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and the Humane Society of Harrisburg.
Published in The Mercury from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2012