Mrs. Florence E. "Betty" Comfort, 86, of Ralston and Trout Run, went home to Heaven on Oct. 4, 2013, at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 11, 1926, in Bitumen, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George E. and Mary F. (Darrah) Emig. Betty was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Benjamin H. Comfort Jr.; a daughter, Mary F. (Comfort) Frey; and brothers, D.A. Emig Sr. and Donald G. Emig.
Surviving children include Benjamin H. Comfort III, Debra S. (Nelson) Forsburg, L. Jay (Nazuna) Comfort, and Mark L. (Beth) Comfort Sr. Grandchildren are Missy (Spitler), Ben IV, Louie and Trisha Comfort (Ben), Gerald N., Martin J. and Desiree' (Geer) Forsburg (Deb), Russell IV, Timothy J. and Bryn J. Frey (Mary), Marina and Aria J. Comfort (Jay), and M. Layne Jr. and Michael Comfort (Mark). There are ten great-children. She was a special aunt to many, and her nieces and nephews included both blood relatives and people adopted along the road of life.
Betty worked for many years as a waitress at Summit Lodge Restaurant and as a textile worker for Trimtex and other plants, but by far her most important role was as a wife and mother. Physically small, Mom possessed the spirit of a giant. Her family was important to her, and she protected and nurtured each generation with the heart of a lioness. From 1960 to 1963, while her husband built railroads in Liberia, Africa, Mom built a family of five kids. Physically ill at times, she nevertheless succeeded in providing a warm and loving environment.
Her strength manifested itself in many ways: When son Ben left for Vietnam in 1970, Mom drove his manual transmission 1968 Camaro SS to keep it ready for his return. Fearful of bats, Mom would nonetheless attack any who found their way into the house. Even in her later years, Mom baked thousands of cookies for the Christmas holidays, hundreds of pies for Thanksgivings, and many cakes for birthdays and other remembrances.
Mom loved the Lord, and prayed diligently for all of us. She rejoiced as each one came to know the Lord as Savior, and continued to encourage us in our Christian walk. She embraced each new addition to the family, and was always eager to guide and nurture, especially spiritually. Mom was extremely organized. She kept meticulous records, and could tell you what she spent on electricity in March 1964. She passed that gene along to her kids, as well as a passion for hard work and high standards of performance.
She was a faithful member of Ralston United Methodist Church, serving in many functions ranging from youth coordinator to Sunday School and VBS teacher. She was a longtime member of the King's Daughters class and served on election committees for many years. In her 60's, Mom went to clown school in order to entertain at church, school, and social functions. For a time, she served as Ralston's postmistress and on committees for Ralston School reunions.
Special remembrances include sons-in-law, Nelson L. Forsburg and Russell C. Frey III, Dennis Austin, Sheldon Thompson, Joseph Carter, Florence Reese, and Becky Boyer.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Florence's Life Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Inc., "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. Funeral services will follow on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Ralston United Methodist Church, 11089 Rt. 14, Ralston. Rev. Ann B. Overmiller will officiate the service. Burial will follow at the Pennsdale Cemetery, Lewis Township.
Memorials can be made to the Ralston United Methodist Church at Box 66, Ralston, PA 17763.
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