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In Loving Memory


Elgie May Van Wormer Garis
5/7/1913 - 4/12/2013

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Elgie May Van Wormer Garis, age 99, of Emlenton and formerly of Knox, went to be with her Lord on Friday morning, April 12, 2013 at the Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sligo.

Born May 7, 1913 in Licking Township, Clarion County, in the home built by her mother’s parents, John and Sara Rebeccah Heeter, she was the daughter of the late Wylie E. and Orpha Heeter Van Wormer.

She was a graduate of the St. Petersburg High School and a member of the St. Marks United Church of Christ at Monroe since March 21, 1937.

Elgie was also a member of the Alum Rock Golden Rule Club, founded in 1913; the Callensburg Rebekah Lodge and the United Church of Christ Ladies Fellowship.

She was known for her cocoa fudge and hot potato salad.

Elgie loved flowers, especially African Violets and yellow Begonias. She enjoyed helping family and friends.

She first married George Stanley Chadman on October 1, 1934. He preceded her in death on March 5, 1936. She then married Charles Russell Garis on May 2, 1942. He was killed on February 9, 1945 will serving in World War II.

Surviving are two nephews and a niece, Jeffrey and Verone Van Wormer and Denise Van Wormer Messinger. She is also survived by two very good friends, Wilma Wolfe and Jo Ann Stewart, who visited her every week at Clarview.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Elgie was preceded in death by her brother, Marion H. Van Wormer and his wife, Pauline.

At Elgie’s request, there will be not visitation or services.

Interment will take place in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, where she will be laid to rest with her late husband, Russell Garis.

Memorial contributions may be given in the name of Elgie May Garis to the St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 637, 131 Monroe Church Road, Knox, PA 16232.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc. of Knox.

Online condolences may be sent to www.rupertfuneralhomes.com.

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From:  Sandy Logue   Ohio


Relationship:  second cousin of Charles



Sorry to hear about Elgie--I talked to her many times on the phone--now she can finally be with Charles--their time together was so very short.

Sent:  4/13/2013


From:  Charlotte Theis   San Leandro California


Relationship:  Friend



So very sorry to hear. My sister Patricia Best and I send our condolence to the family. Patricia and Elgie were friends when they were young. I had the pleasure of knowing Elgie from the visits to Clairview to visit my Sister-In-Law there. She will be greatly missed. Condolence from Betty Wetzel who is at Clairview, they spent time visiting.

Sent:  4/15/2013


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