Mary Elizabeth Denlinger Charles, 86

November 07, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Denlinger Charles 86, of Lancaster and Sarasota, FL, passed from this life to her Heavenly Home on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Oak Leaf Manor, Landisville. She was born in Lancaster on November 16, 1931 to the late Landis and Celia Arment Denlinger. She and her husband Vernon Herr Charles celebrated 60 years of marriage before his death in 2011.

Mary will be forever remembered as a dedicated wife who pushed through the challenges of being married to a handicapped husband, with an air of grace, in a way that brought dignity and lavish love to Vernon all the way to the end of his life.

Mary loved God and had a heart for lost souls. She loved her country, expressed through her passionate involvement in politics. Mary cherished the flag and all the good it stands for. She loved people, and people loved her back.

Mary’s natural skill set was design. She developed beauty from things that were not inherently lovely. She had a silk flower business for many years and spent much of her life gardening for the joy it brought to others. Her homes, on Leabrook Rd., Lancaster, Sarasota, and the cottage at Landisville Camp Meeting were always places where love of beauty and people merged.

Surviving Mary are her children, Curtis Charles, husband of June and Bill Charles, husband of Mindy, both of Lancaster, and Lynette, wife of Ray Huber of Landisville; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; son-in-law Bill Wertz of Sarasota, brother Leroy Denlinger, husband of Nancy of Rohrerstown and her dear friend John Zimmerman.

In addition to her parents and loving husband Vernon, Mary was predeceased by their children Frederick Charles and Elizabeth Charles Wertz and her siblings, Verna, Landis and Ivan Denlinger.

A viewing will take place 6-8 PM Friday, Nov. 9th at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. The celebration of Mary’s life will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, Nov. 10th at the funeral home, with Rev. K. Eugene Forrey officiating. Private interment in Salunga Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PA Wounded Warriors, Inc., 1117 Country Club Rd., Camp Hill Pa, 17112.

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November 10, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Mary passing away. Terry and I were there to see her not even a month ago and she was so happy to see us and talk to us. I remember Mary and Vernon from many years ago at the campground in Landisville. Vernon always talked to me when I came to the concerts that they had. We will miss her smiling face. Take care and God Bless.

November 09, 2018

We were sorry to learn of the loss of your mother and grandmother. We have fond memories of living next to your family on the farm on Leabrook Rd. We often look at slide photos of the activities we did together.  
Allen and Ruth Zendt

November 08, 2018

I am praying for your family as you grieve the loss of Mary. The last few years her and I had stayed in touch through letters and she even took me out to lunch when she was living in Landisville over the summer. She loved her family and she loved the Lord. I regret that I will not be able to attend the services. Praying for all of you. Sharon (High) Ginder.

November 08, 2018

Sending our sympathy to the family .It was a privilege to get to know Mary at Landisville Camp. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. 
Jay&Naomi Carper

November 08, 2018

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1Cor 2:9
I pray that in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories shared.
With loving memories of my good friend, Mary.

Friday, November 09, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Lititz, PA 17543
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