Mary Lou Machmer, 85, of Canton, Pa., (Ward Township) passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
Mary Lou Anna Llewellyn was born on Sept. 14, 1927, in Blossburg. She was one of seven children of the late Paul and Marion (Smith) Llewellyn and the wife of the late David Laverne Machmer who passed away in November of 1976.
Mary Lou was a person who was happiest when keeping busy. In addition to helping with the daily operations of the family's dairy farm, and later, their veal business, she worked at the Ward Foundry in Blossburg.
Mary Lou remained active and did barn work well into her mid 70's. Special to her were times shared with her granddaughters. She enjoyed tending her garden and houseplants and knew where the best spots were for picking wild strawberries and huckleberries. Also a wonderful cook and baker, she loved cooking "for the boys" and made homemade "root beer" and "pop". She canned all summer for everything needed in winter. Mary Lou was a member of the Ward United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her children, David (Barb) Machmer of Canton and Tammy (Rob) Tillotson of Ogdensburg; five grandchildren, Hilary Machmer, Darby Machmer (Hunter Dibble), Maggy Machmer, Brett (Jess) Tillotson and Jeremy (Bianca) Tillotson; a great-grandson, Trayton Leon Tillotson; two sisters, Bonnie (Donald) Haddow and Faye (William) Kenyon; a brother-in-law and seven sisters-in-law, Paul Machmer, Linda Llewellyn, Nida Llewellyn, Millie Machmer, Irma Early, Thalia Machmer, Mertilla (Tom) Smith, Carol (Claude) Morgan, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband David, she was predeceased by four siblings, Joyce Smith, Burt "Jimmy" Llewellyn, Robert Llewellyn and Richard Llewellyn; 19 sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jean (Robert) McWilliams, Leah (John) Osipovitch, Winnie (Donald) Kutz, Kathryn (Linnaeus) Ervay, Lawrence Machmer, Emma Machmer, Robert (Ethel) Machmer, Irvin Machmer, Mason Machmer, Harold Machmer, Russell (Ethlyn) Machmer, Richard Early and Raymond Smith.
In keeping with Mary Lou's wishes, there will be no public services. Burial will be in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg. Her family suggests those who wish make a memorial in Mary Lou's name to the Ward U.M. Church, c/o 474 Furman Road, Canton, PA 17724.
Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements.
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