With her family by her side, Mary E.
Gockley of Ephrata passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at
Fairmount Homes in Ephrata. She was 101
years of age.
Born in Greensburg, PA, Mary was the
daughter of Harvey and Frances Irene Shank.
She was the wife of the late Eugene Gockley who died in 1972.
Mary was a resident of Ephrata most of
her life. She enjoyed reading and
working in her garden, but most will remember her love of quilting and the many
gifts she made for others. She loved
cutting patches from whatever material she collected or purchased and created
the most beautiful quilts which she then enjoyed gifting to others.
Mary was the mother to six children and
a homemaker until the death of her husband in 1972. She then, at age 53, learned to drive,
studied for and achieved her GED, and attended Lancaster County Vocational
Technical School to obtain her Practical Nursing License. She worked until her early 70's as a LPN at
Ephrata Community Hospital.
Mary was a long-time member of Mt. Zion
United Methodist Church in Akron. All
who knew Mary witnessed the deep spiritual bond she had with God and her
dedication to living with faith and serving others.
Mary is survived by 4 children: Carl E.
(Bennette) of Leander, TX; Kay L. Moyer (James) of Manheim, PA; Doris E. Pierce
(Jason) of Mills, MA; Glenn D. (Polly Sue) of Lititz, PA; step-sister, Mabel
McNaughton of Bainbridge, PA; and step-brother, James (Judy) Shank of Manheim,
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and
Mary was preceded in death by her
husband, Eugene Gockley, and sons: Paul L. and Lynn B. Gockley.
The family would like to express their
deep appreciation for the compassionate, extraordinary care Mary received at
every level while a resident of Fairmount Homes. Mary spoke of the staff at Fairmount as her
Funeral services will be held at Mt.
Zion United Methodist Church, 105 North 11th Street Akron, PA 17501
at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 with Pastor Glenda Machia
officiating. There will be no
viewing. Interment will be at Mt. Zion
Church Cemetery immediately following the service.
The family requests to please omit
Memorial contributions can be made to
Fairmount Sharing Fund, 333 Wheat Ridge Dr. Ephrata, PA 17522.