Mary R. Kibler

On August 6, 2017, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Bauer Ranck Kibler, passed from this earth. Born in 1923 to Helen Martin Bauer and Elmer F. Bauer, Jr., she and her brother, Elmer Martin Bauer, lived in Lancaster, then Safe Harbor Village where her father worked at the dam.

After Betty’s mother passed away in 1932, her father married Alice Kinsey Bauer, and they had a daughter Joan (Marshall), of Wilmington, DE. Betty graduated valedictorian of Penn Manor High in 1940. Working as a secretary at Millersville State College, she met a handsome student A. Milton Ranck.  They married in 1946 after the war and moved to his family farm in Refton. Milt taught Industrial Arts at Penn Manor, but also farmed and raised 6 children; Christyann Ranck of Minnesota, Mary Elizabeth Grady of Maine,  Milton Ranck of Smithville, PA, Deborah (Terry Brown) of New Jersey, Carol Ranck of Washington, and Kathy Witter of Ohio.

After Milt passed away in 1966, Betty became a secretary at the Lampeter-Strasburg School District administrative offices.  Later Betty met and married C. Oliver Kibler (Ollie).  Oliver passed away in 2006.

Betty enjoyed hiking with the Lancaster Hiking Club, listening to big band music on her 78 rpm records, listening to Italian opera records, and attending shows at the Fulton Theater. She was an avid reader her entire life, and also was a tennis player and fan.

In her later years she enjoyed her Saturday night date with Lawrence Welk and her good friend Thelma Eberly. Betty is survived by half-sister Joan (Albert Marshall) of Delaware, Ollie’s children Eugene M., Jay Emerson, Charlotte A., Donald R., Fannie L., her 6 children named above, grandchildren David, Andrew, Rebecca, Emma, Molly, Kara, Tracy, Jessica, Mary, and eight great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Helen Steele for her years of excellent care of our Mother.

Interment will be at the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery, with a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Community Care of Lancaster, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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