Etta Garber

Etta Mardell Garber (Markley)

Thursday, May 10th, 1928 - Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
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Etta Mardell “Susie” Garber, 92, formerly of Antis Township, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday evening, November 25, 2020 at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg.
She was born May 10, 1928 in Bellwood, daughter of the late Josiah and Etta Viola (Hostler) Markley. On Oct. 21, 1947 she married Earl E. Garber in Tyrone, and he preceded her in death on April 13, 2017.
She is survived by three sons, John T. (Joanne) and J. Todd (Deborah), both of Antis Township and E. Mark (Cindy) of Bellwood; a daughter, Penny (Walter) Regula of Carlisle; ten grandchildren, Jeffrey, Matthew, Jason, Joshua, James, Laura, Sarah, Jessica, Elizabeth and Ethan; 17great grandchildren and an expected great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a son, Earl Lynn Garber in 2013; and three brothers, William H., Donald L. and Alton “Dick” Markley.
Mardell led an active life, along with raising her five children with her husband, Earl, she was also an artist, musician, gardener and outdoor enthusiast. Her artistry was expressed in sketches, water colors, and oil paintings, including miniature originals for doll houses. She also hand-painted billboards, wall murals (one of which can be seen at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library), and set designs for the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant, as well as illustrations for a children’s book.
Mardell taught piano lessons and spent many years as a church organist. She enjoyed biking, canoeing, cross country skiing and caring for the flower beds always found around her home.

Friends will be received from 4 to 6pm, Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Inc. Bellwood. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of her family. Interment will be at Logan Valley Cemetery, Bellwood.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 29th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, November 29th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Inc.
    618 Martin Street
    BELLWOOD, PA 16617
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  • Interment

    Logan Valley Cemetery
    Stadium Drive
    BELLWOOD, PA 16617
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A private service will be held at the convenience of her family.

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Connie lee Rowe

Posted at 02:28pm
So sorry. Mardel was a special friend. She lived in Shadyside in the beginning of both marriages. She wanted Terry to marry my sister Barb lol
I just got her drawings on wood of our church house and library. Very creative
She callef me bright eyes.

Pat Lozier

Posted at 01:59pm
I met Mardell when I was in the Presbyterian Home in Holidaysburg. Such a sweet lady. We always enjoyed her family visiting, playing the piano and singing. I lived the flowers she wore in her hair and her sweet smile. She will be greatly missed.
Love, Pat Lozier.(The woman with the broken leg)

Nancy Weston Woomer

Posted at 04:15pm
So many wonderful memories of canoeing, wild flower identifying and tenting with this lady. We met when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter and she with Penny, we met in the Doctor's office. My 2 years old daughter showing Mardell her invisible rabbit. Of course Mardell saw the rabbit too and played along. That was our beginning.
I was interested in wild flowers and Mardell took me to find ones I never knew existed. We went to Johnstown to join the Sierra Club mainly to join them in canoeing down the rivers and tenting, and hiking. We went to the Lemon house and cross country skiing, Mardell fell one day and hit her head bad enough to see a Doctor. Mardell lived every moment and took me along. We wanted to make memories , and we sure did. Nancy Woomer


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