Mary Esther Catherine (Reese) Eaken, 92, of Gardners passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at home. She was born August 3, 1924 in Shippensburg, PA, the daughter of the late Elmer C. and Edna (Brandt) Reese. She was a former member of Dickinson Presbyterian Church, where she played the piano and later became a member of PASR and CCCPSAR, as well as the Carlisle Musical Arts Club. A 1941 Carlisle High School Graduate and a 1958 Graduate of Shippensburg University, she went on to receive her masters's degree. For 29 years, she taught elementary school in the Carlisle school system, retiring in 1987. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, word searches and playing solitaire. She especially enjoyed playing hymns on the piano, going to classical musical concerts, traveling, cooking and gardening. Mary is survived by her daughter, F. Elizabeth "Susie" "Sue" Eaken of Gardners, PA and a son, John R. (wife, Dorcas) Eaken of Dillsburg, PA.
She was the last of her family being preceded in death by her husband, Norman W. Eaken; two sisters and four brothers. There will be a Memorial Service held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the Dickinson Presbyterian Church, 12 Church Road (off the Walnut Bottom Road), Carlisle, PA 17015. Private Burial was in Norland Cemetery, Chambersurg. Memorial donations may be made to: Central PA Animal Alliance, 1802 Silver Pine Circle, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. Online condolences may be expressed at www.sellersfuneralhome.com