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Maribelle Bemis

December 17, 2015
Westfield Republican

Maribelle (Molly) Edna Roush Wilde Bemis, 96, longtime resident of Corry, Pa., and Clymer, N.Y., passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, while family members attended. She is home at last. Her graduation to heaven took place in her home in Harborcreek, N.Y., which she shared with her daughter and caregiver Roxanne.

Born May 6, 1919, Clymer, N.Y., she was the daughter of Mary Damcott Roush and Forrest E. Roush. When she was eighteen, she married Ernest Robert Wilde May 10, 1937, who passed away July 27, 1941, after only four years of marriage. On May 2, 1943, she married C. Lyle Bemis, with whom she celebrated 49 years of marriage before he passed away on Oct. 8, 1992.

She spent the early years of her adult life raising her six children, first Joyce and Calvin with the first love of her life, Ernie, and later David, Connie, Roxanne, and Sharon with her second love, Lyle. She ran the Cutting Store and Gas Station from October 1939 to 1944. For many years, as the children were growing up and after they left home, she ministered alongside her husband, Pastor Bemis, who ministered at several local churches: Sherman Assembly of God, where she lead the youth group and taught Sunday School; New Life Assembly of God, Corry, where she was a lifetime member. and Community Church of Cutting. She also joined her husband as a visitation pastor at Full Gospel Tabernacle, Orchard Park in the early 1980s. Aside from lay ministry, she held various jobs at local businesses over the years: General Electric, Woolworths, the tool box factory in Clymer and the cherry processing plant in North East. During her 96 years, she lived in the states of New York, Ohio, California, Minnesota, Georgia, Alabama and Pennsylvania. She was a passionate reader, her Bible always had to be read first thing in the morning and then she enjoyed novels by various Christian authors. Molly enjoyed crocheting, and playing dominos. She avidly followed the weather, even after she could no longer venture outside, and she kept up with the political happenings in the world until almost the very end, always rooting for and backing those who lined up most closely with God's word.

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She is survived by, her children Joyce (Jack) Whitney, Corry, Calvin (Barbara) Wilde, Erie, David (Mary) Bemis, Marietta, Ga., Connie (Alan) Pratt, Loganville, Ga., Roxanne (the late Tim) Kuhn, Sharon (Michael) Bemis Post. Grandchildren: 19 living grandchildren, one deceased. 49 living great-grandchildren. 18great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Dr. Claude Roush, and a sister, Rachel Garfield, both of Palmetto, Fla.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her grandson Nathan Post, and a great grandson, John Daniel Whitney and her brothers and sisters, Helen Merritt, F. Eldred Roush, Edna Klaus, Joyce Roush, Andrew Roush, Ralph Roush, Wilbur Roush, and John Roush.

Family and friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 10, 2015, at the Spitzer Funeral Home 8728 E. Main St. Clymer, and also for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home, on Friday.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday Dec. 11, 2015 at the funeral home, with Pastor David Bemis, officiating and Pastor Joseph Irvin, assisting. Burial will be in Holland Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Spitzer



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