OBITUARY

Ella M. McCracken

February 4, 1926October 11, 2020

Ella M. McCracken, 94, of Curwensville passed away October 11, 2020 after a short stay at Christ the King Manor, DuBois. Mrs. McCracken was born February 4, 1926 in New Millport. She was the daughter of Reuben A. and Sarah E. (Glasgow) Witherow. She married her much loved husband Seth McCracken February 18,1950 who survives along with two children; Duane T. McCracken and his wife Wendy of Curwensville, and Teresa J. Edwards and her husband David of Jefferson, MD. Also surviving are two beloved grandsons, Zachary McCracken and Nathan Edwards. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers; Blair W., Arthur C., and John A. Witherow. After graduating from Clearfield High School in 1944, she was employed by the Bell Telephone Company in Clearfield until 1950 as switchboard operator. Then in 1953 she went to Hamilton Bermuda with her husband Seth who was stationed at the Air Force base there. From 1953 to 1955 she worked for the Bermuda Exchange Telephone Company as a switchboard operator. After returning to the states, Ella and her husband Seth went to Flagstaff, AZ in 1956 where he worked for the Lost Mine Company mining manganese. After returning to Pennsylvania she worked for the Bell Telephone Co again, but in Curwensville from 1957-1963. They also built their home in Kerrmoor in 1957. She was a lifelong member of Fruit Hill Presbyterian Church. At Fruit Hill she was active as a Deaconess and taught both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Additionally Ella managed and prepared Communion for 27 years, always using her homemade bread, She greatly enjoyed nurturing her large vegetable garden, blueberry bushes, and household plants. Ella received much pleasure from watching plants grow from seed and maturing. She cultivated many African Violet plants that were shared gladly with friends, family, and strangers. At age 94 Ella still loved baking- cookies, cakes, and her famous PIES! She graciously shared her baked goods with family and friends. Through the years, she travelled across the country with her husband and family in their RV to visit relatives, and to visit many sites across the US. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the immediate family at the Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc. of Clearfield with Lay Commissioned Pastor Leanne M. Peter's officiating. Interment will be in Fruit Hill Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Mission or the Building/Maintenance funds at Fruit Hill Presbyterian Church, c/o Brittany Haney, 313 Weaver Street, Clearfield, PA 16830. To send online condolences or tributes please go to www.bennettandhouser.com

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Cathy Mitchell

October 18, 2020

Aunt Ella was a very important part of my life growing up. She and Uncle Seth were not only family but were good friends of my mom and dad. We often visited back and forth on Sundays after church.
I remember when she was our telephone operator. Sometimes when I picked up the phone to make a call - before dial phones- I would give the operator my number and I would hear "Hi, Cathy". We'd have a very quick conversation before she placed my call.
I was always impressed by her kindness to others and how she paid attention to all the things I told her as a child.
And her cooking!! Her lasagna and pies were amazing but it was her cherry delight I loved most. She gave me the recipe and I think of her every time I make it.
We compared notes on our gardens for years and her blueberries were the inspiration for planting my own.
The world was a better place for having had Aunt Ella in it. I know we will all miss her, but I know that once again she is visiting with Mom and Dad.

Linda and Patrick Acierto

October 14, 2020

Dear Teresa,
I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Hold comfort in the fact that she will live on in your memories and heart - and in the lovely African Violets she shared, through you, with so many of your friends!
Deepest Sympathy,
Linda and Patrick Acierto

Paula Brodell

October 14, 2020

Teresa,
Our deepest sympathies, love and prayers to you and your family. The stories you have shared with us about your mom, she was truly a special person who touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Love and hugs,
Paula and Joe

Dianne Carfley

October 13, 2020

Ella was one of the sweetest, most patient babysitters to my children. Our Halloween treat at her house was always the most delicious chocolate chip cookies. Her shared, raisin filled cookie recipe won a blue ribbon at the fair. She will be sadly missed.❤

Mike Zimmerman

October 13, 2020

Teresa,

We send prayers to you, your dad and your family; your mom has been a great influence in your life as a provider, mentor, friend and mom with unconditional love. Cherish those moments forever.

Sincerely,

Mike Zimmerman

Kim Zimmerman

October 13, 2020

Teresa & family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was such a sweet lady and I am sure you have so many fond memories of your time together. Praying for your Dad, you and the rest of your family.

Vanessa Smith

October 13, 2020

Dear Teresa, Duane, Seth and families. My heart is so saddened at your mother's passing. She lived an amazingly full life filled with so much love for you all. Know that God holds you, as well as Ella, in his loving hands.
Peace of Christ be with you all.
Vanessa and Jerry Smith

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