Clara Mae Witter, 84, of Tunkhannock, PA died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, while residing at Gracious Living Estates in South Montrose. She was born in Butler, PA on June 15, 1927, the eldest of eight children, to the late Charles D. Henry, Sr. and Elsie Hutzley Henry. As a young child, her family moved to Mehoopany, where she graduated from the Mehoopany High School.
Clara Mae was a member of the Lemon United Methodist Church in which she was the secretary and treasurer for many years, as well as the secretary for the Lemon Township Supervisors. She was a member of The Lady Esther Rebekah Lodge No. 74 of Tunkhannock, and in 1974 she received “The Decoration of Chivalry,” the highest honor bestowed on a Rebekah sister. She also held the president’s seat of the Republican Women of which she was a dedicated member.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Irving P. Witter, who died on June 20, 2002; two brothers, Walter Henry and Charles D. Henry, Jr., and one brother-in-law, James Hamilton.
Survivors include two sons, Richard W. and Sharon Witter of Mehoopany and Donald W. and Pamela Witter of Alburtis; two daughters, Eileen J. and Robert Spencer of Tunkhannock and Barbara J. and Roland Smith of Wyalusing; 14 grandchildren; 19 great- grandchi l - dren; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Lou and Edward Furman, Elsie Fae Hamilton, Ruth and Webb Comfort and Kay and Albert Dymond; one brother and sisterin law, Carl and Cindy Henry, and two sisters-in-law, Lenore Henry and Nancy Henry and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation was held Sunday, Jan. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m. with Rev. Alice Ann Bonham of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Lebanon, officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming County Cancer Society, 8 Ironwood St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657 or the Visual Eye Research, Grand Lodge of PA, 1001 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057.
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