Mary Arlene Bair

On June 4, 2016, the Angels took Mary Arlene Bair home to be with her Lord from her home, 38 Bairs Lane, Mill Hall, with her family by her side.

Born May 20, 1933 in Porter Township, Clinton County, she was the daughter of the late Ellis L. and Florence Dorman Yearick.

On July 18, 1952, in the Mt. Bethel Church, she was united in marriage to Dale Earl Bair who survives at home.

A homemaker, Mary also drove cattle trucks and took her Amish friends near and far. She was a 1951 graduate of the Lock Haven High School, a member of the Cedar Heights Brethren in Christ Church, a former member of 4-H, and was known to some as “Grandma Purple Bair.”

Mary was active in her church and was especially involved in Operation Christmas Child in the church. She collected bears and baskets, loved watching birds and enjoyed camping. Mary also enjoyed the “cousins” breakfasts, class breakfasts and the Women’s Fellowship breakfasts with her church family.

Her survivors include two daughters, Donna (Terry) Jeirles and Linda (Robert) Shirk, both of Mill Hall; two sons, Larry (Lu Ann) Bair and Ronald (Barb) Bair, both of Mill Hall; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a step-great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John M. Yearick, and his wife, Agnes Boob Yearick.

A funeral service honoring the memory of Mary Arlene Bair will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Cedar Heights Brethren in Christ Church, 37 Cedar Heights, Mill Hall, with her pastor, Pastor Scott Garman officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mill Hall.

Friends will be received in the church Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Heights Brethren in Christ Church through the funeral home.

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