Martha Anne Stroup Barner passed on from this world on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at the Williamsport Home.
She was born in Williamsport on Oct. 25, 1934. She graduated from Williamsport High School in 1952. She married Dale Vernon Barner Sr. on Oct. 24, 1953. The couple lived in Rauchtown until moving to Capitol Heights, Md., in 1963, when he began employment with the Federal Highway Administration. She then began a career in banking with the First National Bank of Southern Maryland.
Mrs. Barner was active in Southern Maryland politics, having served as president of the Prince George's County Board of Trade, member of the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees of Southern Maryland Hospital Center.
Mrs. Barner retired in June 1995, as a vice-president of M & T Bank Corporation in Upper Marlboro, Md., having served with them for 35 years. After residing in North Beach, Md., for a period of time, she returned to Williamsport in August, 2012. She most recently resided with her daughter and son-in-law at 193 Boyles Drive in Cogan Station.
She is pre-deceased by her husband, Dale Vernon Barner Sr.; her parents, Harry Donald and Ruth Fry Stroup; sister, Doris June Stroup; and brother, Jack Donald Stroup.
She is survived by her son Dale Vernon Barner Jr. and his wife Deborah Rorrer Barner, of Williamsport; grandson, Dale Vernon Barner, III, Kannapolis, N.C.; and great-granddaughter, Liberty Barner. She is also survived by her daughter, Ruth Evelyn Barner Boyles and husband Dennis William Boyles, of Cogan Station.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren by Ruth and Dennis include Jennifer Boyles Kellner, husband Joseph Anthony Kellner Jr., and children Joseph, Anthony, Olivia and Jaimie, of North Beach, Md.; Christopher Dean Boyles and son Joshua Boyles, of Warrens, Wis.; Senior Chief USN Richard William Boyles, wife Cheryl Burroughs Boyles and children Bailey and Robert, of Joint Base McGuire, N.J.; and Andrew Vernon Boyles, wife Theresa Story Boyles and children Nathan and Blake, of Locust Grove, Va.
In lieu of flowers, Martha would have preferred donations be made to St. James Lutheran Church in Rauchtown, in care of Pastor Gary Shumway at 3242 Middle Road, Jersey Shore, PA 17740.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Lutheran Church, Rauchtown. Burial will be held at Oval Cemetery. A visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport.