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Dorothy Louise (Taylor) Lauver, 87, of Heister Valley Road, Mount Pleasant Mills, entered eternal life on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at the Hershey Medical Center.
She was born at her home near Liverpool on Aug. 9, 1930, a daughter of the late Leon Emory and Kathryn (Grubb) Taylor. On Sept. 1, 1948, she married R. Landis Lauver and they celebrated almost 50 wonderful years together prior to his passing in July of 1998.

A graduate of Liverpool High School Class of 1947, Dot was Prom Queen and Class Valedictorian. She was passionate about continuing her friendships with her classmates and organized class gatherings, many times hosting them in her home.
Dot was a loyal and devoted wife, working side-by-side with Landis in the farm supply business and on the family farm. She was most supportive of the hired hands, traveled with Landis on trucking deliveries, and managed the egg room. After raising her children, she decided to share her talents with the staff at the Mount Pleasant Mills Post Office. She thoroughly enjoyed her work as a clerk for 21 years, retiring in 1999. She often remarked, "It was not work; the people made it fun." Music was a very important part of Dot's life. Her "moment of fame" came while singing with Minnie Pearl and Grandpa Jones on the stage at the Oriental Fair. She enjoyed her guitar and played the piano "by ear."
Dot was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, Mount Pleasant Mills, where she was the choir director for 50-plus years. She also served as a children's Sunday school teacher and pianist, and served for many years as secretary of St. John's WELCA. She was also a member of the Snyder County Historical Society.
Humble, loving and quiet, Dot was a woman of few words, but always willing to help anyone. Celebrating the life she lived, the lives she touched, the people she knew, and the friendships she enjoyed. Sharing her spirit by passing on an act of kindness each and every day.

Dorothy is survived by one daughter, C. Diane Schreffler and husband Stephen, of Dornsife; one son, Bradley and wife Bonnie Lauver, of Mount Pleasant Mills; three grandchildren, Adam A. Lauver, Alyssa A. Lauver, and L. Drew and wife Nicole Schreffler; and a great-grandchild expected in November. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Olive and husband Clarence Hibbs, and Caralyn Kae and husband Gary VanHorn; a very special cousin Arlene Brookhart; numerous nieces and nephews; and several four-legged furry felines.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Alton Taylor; sister-in-law, Catherine Burkhart Taylor (her "second" mother); sister, Lois Taylor Esterline, and daughter, Leslie Lynne Lauver Nipple.

Friends and family are invited to the viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday followed by a service of Christian Burial at 11, at St. John Lutheran Church, Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills, with her pastor, the Rev. Lisa Barnes officiating.
Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, c/o Mrs. Edna Zechman, Treasurer, P.O. Box 172, Middleburg, PA 17842, or to one of Dot's favorite charities, St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 50 , Memphis, TN 38101-9929.

The George P. Garman Funeral Homes Inc., 9366 Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Published on August 26, 2017
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