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.