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ONEONTA - Elizabeth Mae VanHorn, 97, of Oneonta, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
She was born June 24, 1919, in Oxford, the daughter of the late Grover and Effie (Allen) Oles.
On Aug. 17, 1946, Elizabeth married Earl VanHorn in Pennsylvania. Earl passed away suddenly on Dec. 28, 1952, leaving Elizabeth to raise threee young children on her own.
In her younger years she worked for Oasis Laundry and was also a bus monitor for the Oneonta Schools. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, horses and tending to her flowers in her garden. But what brought the most joy to Elizabeth was her family. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Elizabeth loved going and supporting her great-grandchildren at their sporting events.
Elizabeth is survived by her three children, Beverly Sperry, Oneonta, Robert (Lorrie) VanHorn, Petersburg and Earl (Donna) VanHorn, Georgia; four grandchildren, Wayne (Ruth) Sperry, Steven (Emma) Sperry, Michelle (Kirk) Bedford and Robert VanHorn; seven great-grandchildren, Melissa and Austin Sperry, Charlie Utter, Morgan Bedford, Mackenzie, Olivia and Daemen VanHorn; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her siblings, Gertrude Gerkin, Frank, Albert and Victor Oles, Paul Hulbert, Betty Robinson, Gladys Farmer and Teddy Wrench.
Calling hours will be frim 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.
Funeral services will be at 11 am., Wednesday, May 31, at the West Davenport United Methodist Church, County Highway 11, West Davenport, with the Rev. Kaye Freling officiating. Burial will follow in the Charlotte Valley Cemetery, West Davenport.
Donation's in Elizabeth's memory may be made to the Pindars Corners Fire Department, 8898 State Highway 23, Oneonta, NY 13820.
To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Published on May 29, 2017
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