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Mary E. (Houser) Heimbaugh

November 5, 1930 - April 26, 2023




Mary E. (Houser) Heimbaugh, 92, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, and formerly of Knoxville, TN, died peacefully on April 26, 2023, at the Haven.


She was born Nov. 5, 1930, in Reedsville, PA, the daughter of the late Frank R. and Sarah Anna K. (Mull) Houser.

Mary graduated from Reedsville High School, valedictorian, in 1948. She worked at the telephone office until she met her husband, David E. Heimbaugh, who she married March 22, 1952. Being a military wife, she lived in many states and even Europe. She was primarily a homemaker and mother and she would say a ‘jack of all trades and master of none’. While her children were still in school, Mary worked in lunch cafeterias, sold Avon, baked and decorated cakes for family and friends and did freelance writing.

She was baptized and married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Reedsville, and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Knoxville where she served as a leader of the Dorcas Circle. Mary was a published author and wrote an annual Christmas poem, “The House of Dust” for over 22 years which was shared with friends and family both near and far. She also enjoyed attending Sunday school, entertaining friends, bowling, traveling, was an avid reader, sewing and crafts, and most of all, spending time with her family.

Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by: her husband, David E. Heimbaugh, after 66 years of marriage, her grandson, Adam M. Schaible, great-granddaughter, Madisen C. Smith, her great grandson-in-law, Matt Smith, her brothers, Frank O. Houser and his wife, Betty; and John H. Houser and his wife, Shirley; her sister, Evelyn Wilde, and her husband, Raymond A.; and a brother-in-law, Harry Taylor.

She is survived by: her three daughters, Joan E. Yoder and husband, Darvin, of Reedsville; Lila A. Schaaf and husband, Larry, of Lewistown; and Molly K. Hyatt, of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, Christopher R. Yoder and wife, Amy, of Belleville, and Sara M. Smith of Burnham; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth M. Yoder, Hannah M. Smith, Christina L. Yoder, Tysen S. Smith, and Jasen Smith, a sister, Jane Taylor, of Reedsville, as well as 17 special nieces and nephews and their families.

Her services will be private and at the convenience of the family at Henderson Funeral Home, Belleville, PA and Weaver Funeral Home, Knoxville, TN, respectively. Burial will take place at Tennessee Veterans Memorial Park.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to: Reedsville Lutheran Church, 200 East Logan St., Reedsville, PA 17084, or to Trinity United Methodist Church, 5613 Western Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921. Online condolences may be offered at www.hendersonfuneralhomes.net.

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