Wilma Faye (Egbert) McCallus (1923 - 2017)

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Wilma Faye (Egbert) McCallus, 93, a longtime resident of Williamsport and Falls Creek, Pa., passed away on March 25, 2017, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville, Pa.
Born on June 14, 1923 (Flag Day) in Steubenville, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Leroy Rease and Faye Adda (Paulhamus) Egbert, and a proud descendant of Mark Adams, a Revolutionary War soldier and cousin of Samuel and John Adams. When she was an infant her family moved to her beloved Williamsport, where she spent the first 30 years of her life. She loved to reminisce about her years in Williamsport where she helped her mother and grandmother (Harriet Champion Paulhamus) make, wrap and box exquisite homemade candies at Kelchner's Candy store, played with friends who lived on Millionaire's Row during the depression, and roller-skated in Brandon Park throughout her teenage years. She was a graduate of Williamsport High School's class of 1941.
Wilma worked for AT&T as a telephone operator and as an assistant to the engineering department for 10 years, before retiring to raise her first child. In 1952, Wilma, her husband John, and first daughter moved to DuBois, Pa. In 1961, she and John opened Wil-Mac Dairy Bar in Falls Creek, adjusting their business in response to changing markets over the next 30 years. The Wil-Mac evolved from an old fashioned soda fountain to a pizza shop and kid's hangout in the early 60's and a banquet hall and catering business in the late 60's, a family restaurant and "Gift Shoppe" in the 70's and finally a consignment shop, where she helped hundreds of local artists sell their creations through the 1980's. She was an active member of the Jefferson County Republican Party, the Falls Creek and Jefferson County Chambers of Commerce, the DuBois Community Choir, and a member and lay speaker at United Methodist Churches in Falls Creek, Emerickville and Brookville. She was a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, a tireless organizer and planner of Falls Creek's annual Halloween and Christmas parades, and a marathon assembler of "ditty bags" for Vietnam soldiers. In later years, she volunteered at the DuBois Hospital Gift shop, WRC Community and Health Services office and in the gardens and as a leader of sing-a-longs at her residence in North Fork Heights, Brookville, Pa.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Hurd of Emerickville, Pa., and Shirley Stark (Rick) of Lemoyne, Pa.; stepson, Gerald McCallus (Donna) of Williamsport, Pa.; eight grandchildren: Gerald McCallus Jr., South Carolina, Colleen McCallus, Pennsylvania, Shawn McCallus, New York, John Dinger, Florida, Jessica Sheets, Ohio, Gretchen Hurd Moore, West Virginia, Garret Hurd, Ohio, Heather Hurd, Colorado; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, John Warren Harding McCallus; daughter, Marjorie Dinger; and son-in-law, Richy Hurd.
A celebration of her life will be held on a later date at the convenience of the family at Brandon Park, Williamsport, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made in Wilma's name to WRC Charitable Care, located at 985 Route 28, Brookville, PA 15825.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bernard P. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Reynoldsville, Pa. To leave online condolences please visit www.BPSnyderFH.com.
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Published in The Courier Express on Mar. 28, 2017