Mary Elizabeth Schaeffer Cramer was born March 20, 1936, in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, during the historic St. Patrick's Day Flood when the Allegheny River challenged her parents' arrival to the hospital. She was the youngest of three children of Merl King Schaeffer and Olive Thelma Baker (both deceased). Her brother, Harold A. Schaeffer, preceded her in death and her sister, Lois Jean Kiraly, resides in Waco, Texas. In 1957, she married Kenneth Earl Cramer Jr., and she was a loving and devoted wife to him for 59 and one-half years. The Cramers started a family and had three children, Kimberley Julene Cramer (deceased), Kevin Michael Cramer of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, and Kerri Dee Ann Creel of Louisa, Virginia. Her children will cherish the memories of their mother and will remember the love that she poured out upon them each day of their lives. Mary Elizabeth was a woman of great strength and faith, and she deeply loved her family and her God. As the wife of a Presbyterian minister, she assisted her husband with church secretarial work, directed junior choir, sang solos and founded/managed a Multi-Media Resource Center for two Presbyteries in central Pennsylvania for 20 years. In 1974, with the death of her daughter, mother and brother, Mary Elizabeth was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which she fought bravely for 42 years. She became a grandmother in 1980 and has six grandchildren ranging in age from 35 to seven, Elizabeth Ann Eisenhower, Jennifer Lynn Bryner, Rebecca Lee Stoner, Rebecca Anne Ziegler, Abbigail Beth Creel and Jeremiah Wyatt Creel. Mary Elizabeth also has five great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Alex, Ryleigh, Caleb and Ashton. In her days of good health, she loved hiking and camping in her beloved Cook Forest State Park, gardening, singing, wildlife watching, and taking care of her family and miniature schnauzers. In her later years, she enjoyed reading, doing puzzles and watching birds and other backyard wildlife from her bedside window. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The family and friends will celebrate Mary Elizabeth's life with a memorial service at Louisa Presbyterian Church. A private graveside service will be held at Allegheny County Memorial Park in Pennsylvania. Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.woodwardfuneral.com.
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