Kephart, Elizabeth


Elizabeth M. “Betty” Kephart


Elizabeth (Betty) Finney Kephart, 91, of Coal Run, Osceola Mills, PA, passed away peacefully at Mt. Nittany Medical Center, State College, PA, Sunday, September 4, 2016. Born March 6, 1925 at Dunlo, PA, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Mary (Ruell) Finney.  She married Milford H.Kephart on November 17, 1945 in Osceola Mills, PA; he preceded her in death on January 4, 2013.

She grew up in Atlantic, RD Houtzdale, PA.  She was a graduate of the former Madera High School.  She was a member of the New Castle Church for 71 years where she served as church treasurer and various positions through the years.

Betty was a homemaker all of her married life and enjoyed gardening, canning, family get-togethers, trips to Florida and Canada and once to Israel, Mahaffey Alliance Camp, and worship at her church.

She is survived by her daughter Donna Chapman and her husband Irvin of Portage, PA; her son Garry Kephart and his wife Pamela of Osceola Mills, PA; and her daughter Debra Yarger and her husband Rev. Dr. Mark Yarger of New Castle, PA.  She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Sheila Chapman and her husband Tobin of Portage, PA; Stacey Haas and her husband Stephen of Port Matilda, PA; Rev. Matthew Kephart and his wife Kristie of North Little Rock, AR; Dr. Eric Kephart and his wife Lindsay of Hollidaysburg, PA; Dr. Curtis Kephart and his wife Brittany of Delray Beach, FL; Chelsea Harrington and her husband Kyle of Coraopolis, PA; and Micah Yarger and his wife Amanda of Ambridge, PA.  She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, Kailie Kephart, Leisha Kephart, Claire Haas, Janae Haas, Nathan Haas, Hannah Kephart, Noah Kephart, Hunter Kephart, Henry Kephart, Regan Yarger, and due to be born September 14, Sadie Elizabeth Harrington.  Also surviving are 2 sisters, Pearl Martin and her husband Donald of (Parsonville) Houtzdale, PA and Alfretta Larson and her husband Lars of Altoona, PA.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by: one infant grand-daughter, Sharon Chapman and one sister, Juliet Francisco.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 9, 2016 at New Castle Community Church, Osceola Mills, PA with Rev. Dr. Mark Yarger, Rev. Matthew Kephart and Pastor Joseph Phillips officiating.  Interment will follow at Umbria Cemetery, Osceola Mills, PA.

Friends will be received Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Heath Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Osceola Mills, PA from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: New Castle Community Church, Box 933 Red Schoolhouse Road, Osceola Mills, PA 16666.

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