Marilyn Kay Neiswonger, née White, 73, of Punxsutawney, went to sleep in the Lord Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Kay was born Dec. 2, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Foster J. and Elda (Reeger) White. On Jan. 12, 1962, she married her husband, Larry E. Neiswonger of Punxsutawney. He survives.
Kay was a 1960 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. She worked as a legal secretary for Guy Mamolino and a secretary for Jordan’s Furniture Store until she became a stay-at-home mother of two daughters. Throughout her life, she also worked as a seamstress for Sportswear, Head of Housekeeping for Blose-McGregor Nursing Home and was a foster parent for 11 years for Specialized Family Foster Care of Johnstown. She became the caregiver for her grandson and most recently became self-employed as housekeeper and custodian of Canoe Ridge Church of God, where she served the Lord as a member throughout her life. Kay was a songleader, pianist, choir director/member, youth group leader, Sunday school teacher, Bible school director/teacher, member of the Advisory Board and Trustee and President of the Women of the Church of God (Missionary Group). Kay was known for her sense of humor and being a gracious hostess of countless family and church events. She had a self-sacrificial spirit in making sure others’ needs were met before her own. She will be sadly missed by many.
In addition to her husband, Larry, she is survived by three daughters, Dana Emmell of Punxsutawney, Darla Stanford and husband Samuel of Burnside and Rebecca Neiswonger of Big Run; five grandchildren, Brittany Hutchinson and husband William of Northern Cambria, Nyssa Zambory and husband Colin of Punxsutawney, Samuel Stanford of Burnside and Justine Freedline and Ariel Neiswonger, both of Big Run; a great-granddaughter, Laci Hutchinson of Northern Cambria; a “great-granddog,” Ziggy Zambory; Missy, the family pet; three sisters, Eldavee Baun and husband Harry of Crescent, Pa., Lois Campbell and husband Harold of Elizabethton, Tennessee, and Juanita Pape and husband Greg of Punxsutawney; and her church family and friends.
She was preceded in death by a step-mother, Ora S. White; and four brothers, Forrest D. White, Donald J. White, Lawrence White and Eugene W. White. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canoe Ridge Church of God Ladies Missionary Group, “The Women of the Church of God,” in Kay’s memory.
Published in The Punxsutawney Spirit, December 14, 2015.