|Object Name||Recording, Audio|
|Scope & Content||Interview by Mike Styer of Elizabeth H. Ruth Bergey (b. 11/05/1898), daughter of Clayton & Lydia Hunsberger Ruth.|
Elizabeth H. Bergey, a longtime resident of the Doylestown area, died Friday night in the skilled nursing unit of Souderton Mennonite Homes, Souderton, where she had lived since 1991. She was 98. She was the widow of Oliver D. Bergey who died in 1983.
Born in Salfordville, she was a daughter of the late Clayton and Lydia Hunsberger Ruth. Mrs. Bergey worked with the kitchen staff of Souderton Mennonite Homes from 1919 until 1922. After her children were raised, she worked several years as a presser for Dutch Maid Cleaners and Launderers in Doylestown. She was an avid crocheter and had crocheted many, many afghans, slippers and various clothing items. She was faithful at sending cards and letters to family, friends and shut-ins. Friends and family acknowledged her skills as a cook and baker.
Mrs. Bergey was a longtime member of Doylestown Mennonite Church where she was the oldest member. Previously, she had been a Vacation Bible School teacher and an active member of the ladies sewing circle.
Survivors include three daughters, Grace B. Brenneman of Canadensis, Lois Swartzendruber and her husband, Dean of Kalona, Iowa., and Eunice Hess and her husband, Herbert of Lititz; four sons, John Bergey and his wife, Betty of Fresno, Calif., Chester Bergey and his wife, Virginia of Watsonville, Calif., Richard Bergey and his wife, Sydne of Capitola, Calif., Ted .W. Bergey and his wife, Anne of Lexington, Mass.; 34 grandchildren; and 65 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by four sisters, Annie Shannon, Minnie Shisler, Sadie Ruth, and Elsie Keller; and three brothers, Wellington, Lanford, and Clayton Ruth.
Viewing hours will be at Souderton Mennonite Homes, 207 W. Summit St., Souderton. Services Doylestown Mennonite Church, Broad st., Doylestown, followed by interment in adjoining cemetery.
(Doylestown Intelligencer, April 27, 1997)
|Object ID #||2013.25.89|
|Source||Gift of S. Duane Kauffman|
Bergey, Elizabeth H. Ruth, 1898-1997
|Collection||Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes|