DOROTHY MAE GREIDER, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away at home on Friday, March 20, 2009. Born in Waynedale on April 21, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Mary (Smith) Keller. On November 20, 1940, she married Clarence L. Greider, her one and only love, who preceded her in death on September 6, 1983.
Along with Clarence, she was a founding member of Avalon Missionary Church, just a block from their home of over 40 years. She loved her husband, family, friends, the Waynedale community where she was the caregiver for many neighborhood children, her dog Sadie, gardening, her church, and most of all, her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
For as long as anyone can remember, a plaque of “In the Garden” hung on the wall outside her bedroom. The last verse reads: “I’d stay in the garden with Him, though the night around me be falling, but He bids me go; through the voice of woe, His voice to me is calling.”
Alas, she is home!
Survivors include sons, David (Betty) Greider of Buxton, NC, Donald (Bobie) Greider of Farmington, NM, Thomas (Toni) Greider of Lexington, KY, and daughter Cynthia Greider of Fort Wayne. Grandchildren include Tamara (Chuck) Chaney of Fort Wayne, Riley Greider of Rochester, NY, and Scott (Hallie) Greider of Fort Wayne. Seven great grandchildren: Amanda (Jesse) Leuschel, Zachary Cobb, and Emmett, Avery, Jude, Alden, and Ruby Greider all of Fort Wayne. One great, great grandchild, Samuel Leuschel. One brother Johnnie Keller of Muskegon, MI. She was also preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
Funeral service was 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Elzey Patterson Rodak Home for Funerals in Waynedale (6810 Old Trail Road), with the Reverend Gary Aupperle officiating. Visitation was Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial in Prairie Grove Cemetery.
Memorials to Avalon Missionary Church Preschool.
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