Anna Mary Stoltzfus, a resident of Fairmount Homes died Thursday, August 4, 2016. Ann was born in Lancaster on May 20, 1927, the daughter of Daniel and Sarah Stoltzfus. She is survived by her sister Rhoda Beiler, wife of D. George Beiler. She was preceded in death by her brothers Mark, Wesley, Naaman and John, and her sister Marian Yoder. Her loving and generous spirit brought much joy to her many nieces and nephews and lifelong friends which inspired them to spend hours by her bedside in the final days of her life.
Ann’s life was an inspiration to many, first as a young woman in the late ’50’s when she spent time after the fall of Berlin working in a children’s home there, followed by the years she spent with Northern Light Missions in Red Lake Ontario working among the Native People of Canada; and then as she returned home to Lancaster County to help care for her aging mother and reconnect more closely with her family. “Consider the lilies of the field, they do not labor or spin yet Solomon in all his splendor was not dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field which is here today and gone tomorrow, will he not much more clothe you?” Ann did indeed labor and spin, and paint pictures, and make Grandma dolls, and give gifts. This she did with a spirit of independence that recognized her need of the presence of the God she loved and Jesus, the Son, who was very real to her. And now she is, truly, “clothed in glory.”
A family burial will take place at the Weavertown Amish-Mennonite Cemetery at 2:00 pm on Sunday August 7, 2016. A memorial celebration of Ann’s life will be held at Millport Mennonite Church 820 Log Cabin Road, Leola, PA the same day at 3:30 pm.