LauraBelle Havens, 90, of Athens, Pa., went to meet her Lord and join her husband of 60 years on Monday, May 6, 2013. She had been a resident at the Sayre Health Care Facility for two years.
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She was born Sept. 5, 1922, in Morrisville, N.Y., the daughter of the late Howard D. and Laura Spaulding Harter.
Laura was a member of the Athens First United Methodist Church, and was a member of the 50 plus club for her years of membership. She was a 1940 graduate of Morrisville-Eaton Central School District, N.Y. She earned her teachers degree in home economics from University of the State of N.Y.-State Teachers College at Plattsburg. She continued her education earning her Masters Degree in Home Economics from Penn State University. Laura taught at the Adams Central School, Jefferson County, N.Y. from 1944 to 1948, was employed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the home demonstration agent for Worchester County, Md. from 1950 to 1951 and was a substitute teacher for Athens and Sayre school districts.
Laura was a charter member of the Penny Promenaders, charter member of the Sayre-Athens Lioness, member of the Southern Tier Wheelers, member of the Tom Jack Campers, member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #43, was a Star Point Electa, and received her 50 year pin with the organization, and was Junior Deputy of the Stella Triangle #40.
She is predeceased by her husband of 60 years Gordon; sons David and Dean Havens; brothers Eugene and Edwin Harter.
Laura is survived by her children Howard and Dawn Havens of State College, Pa., Charla and Terry Keffer of Greensburg, Pa., Bruce Havens of Allentown, Pa., Gary and Marj Havens of Catonsville, Md., Mark and Lori Havens of Athens, Pa., Beth and Anthony Maio of Syracuse, N.Y.; grandchildren Nichelle (Mark) Strzepek, Brandon Hutzell, Dr. Jessica Keffer, PhD, Nathan (Erin) Keffer, Cedric Havens, Kimbrey Havens, Dr. Kelsey (Christine) Havens, Chris Havens, Anita (Mike) Shay, Eric (Heather) Arcesi, Bailey Maio, Blaise Maio and Zachary Maio; several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013, and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the funeral home with the Rev. Andrew Weidner officiating from Athens United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Tioga Point Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in LauraBelle's memory to the: Athens Tioga Point Museum and Spaulding Library, 724 South Main St., Athens, PA 18810.
For those wishing to sign the E-guestbook or send condolences may do so by visiting www.loweryfuneralhome.com.
Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc.
225 S. Main Street Athens, PA 18810
Published in Daily Review from May 7 to May 8, 2013