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Mary R. (Rutter) Cravens

August 1, 1925 ~ April 2, 2019 (age 93)

Mary R. (Rutter) Cravens, 93, of Elizabethtown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at St. Anne’s Retirement Community, Columbia.  Born Saturday, August 1, 1925 in Royalton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. Rutter and Hilda M. (Shaffer) Brendle.

Mary was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Elizabethtown.  She attended Thompson Business College and the Lancaster School of Business. In 1991, she retired from the former Leader Nursing Home, now Elizabeth Manor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Elizabethtown, where she had worked as an administrative assistant for over 9 years.

She is survived by three children: James T. Shank, husband of Kathy, of Perry, GA; Jessica Shank Coviello, of Durham, CT and Beverly J. Shank, of Columbia.  Also surviving are four grandchildren; a brother, George Rutter, husband of Bonnie, of Philadelphia; a sister, Jean Beard, of Elizabethtown, as well as Mary’s extended family and caring friends.

The family would like to express their appreciation to St. Anne’s Retirement Community for the care and compassion shown to their mother over the last several months.

A Graveside Service will be held at 9:30 AM on Friday, April 5, 2019 at St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, Elizabethtown.  Arrangements have been entrusted with the Miller-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 North Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA  17022, 717-367-1543.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s honor to the Humane League of Lancaster County or to St. Anne’s Retirement Community, Columbia.

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Donations may be made to:

Humane League of Lancaster County
2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster PA 17602
Tel: 1-717-393-6551

St. Anne's Retirement Community
3952 Columbia Avenue, Columbia PA 17512
Tel: 1-717-285-5443

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