Catherine I. Shank, 97

NOV. 27, 1915-APRIL 29, 2013

April 30, 2013
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Catherine Irene Shank, 97, of Downsville, Md., passed Monday, April 29, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Marjorie Leatherman, in Myersville, Md.

Born Nov. 27, 1915, in Downsville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Daisy Palmer Nalley, and stepmother, Mable H. Nalley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Shank Sr., in 1973.

She was a member of Trinity Bible Church in Hagerstown, Md., and attended Valley Assembly of God.

She was a devoted Christian, mother and homemaker. She was known for her baked goods at church bake sales. She loved to be outside tending to her many flower gardens and her garden. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, as well as family vacations at the beach. She enjoyed cooking for her family.

She is survived by three daughters, Marjorie Leatherman and husband, Clair Lee, of Myersville, Mary Cosens and husband, Mike, of Boonsboro, Md., and Faye Shank McCoy and husband, Ronnie, of Smithsburg, Md.; seven sons, Edward Shank and wife, Janet, of Hagerstown, Herbert Shank and wife, Laura, James Shank, Orville Shank Sr. and wife, Anna Sue, all of Hagerstown, Dale Shank of Williamsport, Md., Vincent Shank of Sharpsburg, Md., and Allen Shank and wife, Barb, of Boonsboro; 29 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Catherine is survived by three sisters, Gladys Short and Mable "Sissy" Hornbaker, both of Williamsport, and Rosalyn Suffecool of Hagerstown; and two brothers, Ray Nalley of Hagerstown and George Nalley of Mercersburg, Pa.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Patsy Shank; two sons, William Shank Sr. and Dennis Shank Sr.; two sisters, Marjorie Zimmerman and Alice Cunningham; three brothers, Walter Nalley, Clarence Nalley and Robert "Bobby" Nalley; granddaughter, Debbie Shank; and grandson, Terry Shank.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Valley Assembly of God. The Rev. Betty D. Jones and the Rev. Robert C. Jones will officiate. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Williamsport.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Bible Church, 100 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or Valley Assembly of God, 17544 York Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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