Dorothy May McCracken

Dorothy May (Botts) McCracken, 95, entered the Church Triumphant on May 15, 2013, in Barberton, South Africa, where she was on a mission trip with her daughter. Born May 11, 1918, in Williamsport, Pa., she was the daughter of Alba L. Botts and Lulu M. (Kurtz) Botts.

Dorothy May was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley E. McCracken Sr. and brother, Charles K. Botts.

She was an active member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was considered the matriarch serving in many capacities especially in worship and music, global mission and Christian education.

Dorothy May played the violin and was part and the WPA Orchestra in Williamsport after graduating high school in 1935 and a member of the Milton Symphony Orchestra from 1934 to 1941.

She and her husband opened McCracken’s grocery store on Glover St. in Jersey Shore, Pa., in 1945, which she still ran after her husband’s death until Dec. 31, 1976. She is remembered by former customers for her caring, listening ear and wise advice.

Dorothy May is survived by her children, Martha, Wesley Jr. (Della) and Charles; eight grandchildren, Christopher (Jennie), Alison (Mike), James (Margaret), Michael, Mathew (Rosaria), Melissa, Macenzie and Milo; two foster grandchildren, Kevin and Jerome; and nine great-grandchildren, Cody, Crae, Ambria, Lyla, Gabriel, Jocelyn, Dustin, Derek and Juliana.

Friends may call at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jersey Shore on June 1, 2013, from 2 to 3 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Kerry Aucher officiating.

Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery on June 3, 2013. Arrangements have been made by the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church for the Rising Anew Campaign.