Esther Witman

Esther Witman

Monday, September 14th, 2020

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Obituary for Esther M. "Bets" Witman (Shelly)

Esther (Bets) M. Witman, 87, of New Holland, died Monday, September 14, 2020 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Witman, in 2009.

Born in Denbigh, VA, she was the daughter of the late David and Ida (Weese) Shelly.

Esther worked as a cook at Blue Ball Elementary School and Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Following her retirement, she donated her time to support Meals on Wheels, making meal deliveries for the homebound. She was an accomplished cook and baker. If you were ever looking for a recipe, Bets had it.

She was a member of Ranck’s United Methodist Church. She loved her family dearly, especially her grand, great grand and great great grandchildren. Esther was a wonderful friend to many, as well as an avid gardener and talented artist.

Surviving are three children: William D. married to Melinda (Hartranft) Witman, Gap, Shelley M. Wynn, Ephrata, Sheila A. married to Charles Irons, Jr., Fayetteville, five grandchildren: Justin, Misty, John, Melanie, Reade, six great grandchildren: Quinn, Ashley, Lillian, Emma, Ian, Alyssa, two great-great grandchildren: Wyatt and Remi, and a sister Martha Ewing, Goffstown, NH and brother David Gehman, Pine Grove, PA. She was preceded in death by three siblings Melvin, Herbert
and Angeline.

Services will be announced at a later date. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at

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    Ranck's United Methodist Church
    700 Ranck Road
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    Ranck's United Methodist Cemetery
    700 Ranck Rd.
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Martha shreiner

You have my sympathy in the passing of Bets, a lovely friend made at Rancks United Methodist Church. I shared with Bets that I admired her faith, her grace, her humor and wit and especially her calm dignity. She was quite a lady. I will remember the many laughs shared on a trip with Marian and Elva and also , the fun filled bus trip to Cape May . God has so lovingly welcomed you home. Martha Shreiner
Comment | Posted at 12:03pm via Condolence

Deb Musser

Thinking of you all at this tender time. Going through our moms’ pictures & remembering the good times at the mountains. Pictures of our parents when they were young & enjoying life. Our moms appreciated Bets’ visits & friendship over the years. Keeping you all in our prayers. Rob & Deb Musser
Comment | Posted at 08:46pm via Condolence

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