Thursday, December 5, 2013

Barbara A. Clepper 1935-2010

Barbara was born on February 4, 1935 and passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2010.

Barbara was last known to be living in Newville, Pennsylvania.

Barb graduated from Shippensburg High School.

She is survived by her husband Blaine.

Services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle.

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Barbara A. Clepper, 75, of Newville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 28, 2010, in her home. She was born on Monday, February 4, 1935, in Newville, a daughter of the late Charles and Ida (Mellott) Gilbert.
Barb graduated from Shippensburg High School and was last employed by the Carlisle Chapter of the American Red Cross, where she did cleaning. Barb also performed housekeeping duties for several families in the Newville and Carlisle area.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Blaine E. Clepper, three sons; Thomas E. Clepper (and his companion, Tracy Copeland) of Newville, Joel L. Clepper (and his wife, Lorraine) of Newville and Timothy A. Clepper of St. Thomas, a daughter, Pamela S. Suma of Arizona, a brother, Thomas Gilbert of Shippensburg, a sister, Darlene Mowery (and her husband, John) of Shippensburg, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and her loving dog, Killarny. Barb was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Weller, a sister-in-law, Esther Gilbert and a brother-in-law, Charles J. Riggleman.
Services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of the arrangements. Please visit to send condolences.

Published in Patriot-News on August 30, 2010

The Moving Spirit of Ruby Kendrick Memorial

Missionary voice, Volume 7 By Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Board of Missions.
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The Moving Spirit of Ruby Kendrick Memorial
By Gus W. Thomasson

A few years ago a young Texas girl wend out as a missionary to Korea, her chosen field. There she died, following a brief year of labor, but not without implanting the gospel in the hearts and minds of the people eager to learn of a higher life. It seemed as if her death would prove a calamity, for coworkers and natives alike were not prepared for her sudden taking away.
With keen perception and an alertness that inspired confidence from the beginning, another young Texas girl began plans for continuing the work of the former and perpetuating her memory. A fund was started, a missionary was employed, and the Ruby Kendrick Memorial became a vitalizing force in the same field where the one in whose honor it was named had laid down her life.
Seven years have passed, and this fund has grown to many thousands of dollars. A number of missionaries have been employed, and this work has taken first rank in the missionary activities of our Church. Not only so, but here in Texas the lives of scores of our brightest and best people have been touched and inspired by the heroic story of Ruby Kendrick and her work, and many have given themselves and their all to the service of the Master. Throughout the length and breadth of the North Texas Conference, the home of Ruby Kendrick, and even throughout Texas itself, the influence of this work has gone.
During all this time the one directing mind and energizing force of the movement has been Miss Mary Hay Ferguson. She conceived and founded it. She build up the system of records by which the fund is now collected and distributed. She evolved a system of awards and promoted liberal and definite giving. She has been constantly in touch with the workers in the mission field and has kept the North Texas Conference aflame with missionary zeal. She visualized in her own life the Ruby Kendrick Memorial, finding the supreme joy of service in its promotion and making its success her one chief object. To her, as to no one else, is due the great success of this movement. In her own life and character she became a missionary, carrying the light of the gospel to others. Frail health has compelled her to relinquish leadership to others; but her work will abide as long as time itself shall last, and her sweet, heroic Christian character will reckoned alongside that of her comrade. The names of Ruby Kendrick and Mary Hay Ferguson will be linked together forever in the memory of the young people of Texas.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Rena Louise Clepper Bartholomew Wilson

Homemaker was active in Unity Presbyterian

Rena Louise Clepper Bartholomew Wilson of Springhouse Lane, New Wilmington, formerly of Greenfield, Lackawannock Township, passed away Monday morning (3-4-13) in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. She was 95.

Mrs. Wilson was born July 6, 1917, in Sharon, a daughter of  Glenn R. Clepper and Myrtle Brown Clepper.

She began her elementary school years at Thornton Avenue Elementary School and Charleston Grade School, subsequently graduating in 1936 from Hickory High School in what is now Hermitage.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and working with flowers. She worked at Bartholomew Orchards and Pony Farm and, prior to her marriage, worked for the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp.

Mrs. Wilson was a member of Unity Presbyterian Church, Lackawannock Township, where she sang in the choir and played piano for Sunday school. She belonged to the Quilting Circle and was a charter member of both the Maude Ferver Bible Class and the Maude Ferver Auxiliary Missionary Society, all of the church.

She was a member of Magic Agers of Lackawannock Township and the Challenges of Lawrence County. She was a former member of AARP Wilmington Area Chapter 3954 and the New Wilmington Brunch Bunch. She enjoyed dancing.

Rena married Francis O. Bartholomew on April 20, 1940; he died Dec. 31, 1987. Her husband, Homer Wilson, whom she married June 30, 1990, died December 1998.

She is survived by: a son, P. Raymond Bartholomew and his wife Jane, Hermitage; a daughter, Sandra R. Houk and her husband Conrad L., Franklin; a sister, Ruth Wheeler, New Wilmington; two grandsons, Brian and Joseph Houk; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road, Mercer, PA 16137.


Mrs. Homer (Rena Louise Bartholomew), 95, Springhouse Lane, New Wilmington, formerly of Greenfield.

Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (3-8-13) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 3126 Main St., West Middlesex, and 10 a.m. to time of service Saturday (3-9-13) in Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road, Lackawannock Township.

Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church with the Rev. David Wayne Hunt, pastor, officiating.

Interment: Unity Cemetery, Lackawannock Township.