Doris J. Ward Lauver, formerly of West Grove

Doris J. Ward Lauver, 94, of Pleasant Gap, formerly of West Grove, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, at The Oaks retirement community in Pleasant Gap.  She was the wife of the late Wilbur James Lauver, who died in 2005 and with whom she shared 59 years of marriage.

Doris J. Ward Lauver

Born in Burnham, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John and the late Gladys (Smith) Ward.

Doris was a bookkeeper for many years for Danks Department Store in Lewistown, Pa. and Marvel & Smith Hardware in West Grove.  She enjoyed playing the organ, doing needlework and was known for her impeccable sense of style. Doris never shied away from hard work – she had even helped her late husband, Wilbur, build their first home. Doris was a faithful member of New London United Methodist Church where she had served as church treasurer and UMW president. She was also the acolyte coordinator for several years where she found joy in working with the children to instill the importance of presentation and respect when serving the Lord.

Survivors include four sons, Kirk Lauver and his wife Elizabeth of State College, ,  Lynn Lauver and his wife, Ann of Spring Mills, Mark Lauver and his wife, Debra of Jarretsville, Md. and Dale Lauver and his wife Beverley of New London; one brother, John Ward and his wife, Juliette of Carlisle,; seven grandchildren, Susan (James), Adam (Mary Grace), Rebecca (James) Derek, Abby, Molly, and Christopher (Allie); as well as five great grandchildren, Benjamin, Julia, William, Van and Lucas. She was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Evan Ruff and a sister, Vivian Ward Becker.

You are invited to visit with Doris’s family and friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at New London Methodist Church, 1008 State Rd. New London, PA 19360 (intersection of 896 and State Rd). Her funeral service will follow at 2 p.m.  Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries, The Oaks, 200 Rachel Drive Pleasant Gap, PA 16823 or to Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr., P.O. Box 1952, Clarksburg, MD 20871-1952  Arrangements are by Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home, West Grove.

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