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Marsha Dyer

June 24, 1936 — April 30, 2016

Marsha Dyer

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

Marsha Ann Dyer, age 79, of Mercersburg, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Lakeland Regional Memorial Hospital, in Lakeland, Fl.

Born June 24, 1936, in Hancock, Md., she was the daughter of the late Guy and Rhoda Belle (Younker) Vantz, and the wife of Walter R. “Bud” Dyer, Jr., for 64 years. They were married November 21, 1951, in Hancock.

Marsha attended Hancock schools.

Marsha was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Hancock United Methodist Church, in Hancock, where she was actively a part of the United Methodist Women’s group; taught Sunday School for over fifty years; had over fifty years of perfect attendance; started the J.O.Y. ministry; and served as the Sunday School Superintendent for many years. She also was a former President of the Women’s Society of Christian Services.

She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, that through the years, enjoyed shopping, decorating, sewing, and baking. She loved to spend time with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed going to Florida in the winter months. Along with her husband, they owned a #461 “Brickmobile” Sprint car, and they traveled to many races for over 35 years.

She was an active charter member of the Hancock Lioness Club, where she previously served as their President many times, and was awarded the Distinguished Service award in 2011 for her devoted service to the Club. She also served as the co-chairperson of the Canal Apple Day Parade for several years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Linda A. Northcraft and husband, Alan, of Mercersburg, Pa., and Kimberly L. Smith, of Timonium, Md.; four grandchildren, Emily Kriner, Sarah Beavers, Matthew Smith, and Ashley Smith; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Belle Kent, of Lake Alfred, Fl.; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a half-brother, Harold Vantz.

Services will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hancock United Methodist Church, 168 West Main Street, Hancock, Md., with Rev. Michael Bynum and Rev. Duane Jensen officiating. Burial will follow In Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, in Hagerstown, Md.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 2 until 8 p.m., at the Hancock United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Hancock United Methodist Church, 168 West Main Street, Hancock, Md. 21750

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