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Emma M. Hummel, 93, of Selinsgrove, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at her home.
She was born Jan. 14, 1924, in Danville, a daughter of the late Marlin E. and Josephine (Walker) Young.

On Feb. 24, 1941, she eloped and wed Leon R. Hummel in Virginia and celebrated 64 years of marriage before Leon passed away the following day. Their marital union produced three daughters and for many years the family resided on a farm in Winfield where they raised dairy cattle and layer hens and a variety of crops. Upon retirement, they moved to Villa Lane, Selinsgrove, and spent more relaxing times together. Although Emma never graduated from high school, she loved to read and obtained her nutritional license through a correspondence course offered by the University of Florida. Prior to moving to the farm, the couple lived in Hummel's Wharf where Emma was the post mistress.
Emma loved people and her work and social activities reflected that love. She was a member of the Monroe Grange No. 1824 and all seven bodies of the Grange. She was Mother Advisor to the Rainbow Girls in Selinsgrove, achieving the Grand Cross of Colors. She was a 50-year member and past Matron of Lafayette Chapter of the Eastern Star and Worthy High Priestess of Messiah Shrine No. 44. She also belonged to the Amareth, Cedar Aid Auxiliary No. 65, the Kratzerville Homemakers, a life member of the Snyder County Historical Society and T.O.P.S. No. 1290. She belonged to Zion Church of Christ, Kratzerville and loved her Lord and Savior. When she could no longer comfortably attend church, she kept her faith alive with the televised ministry of Joel Orstein and Dr. David Jeremiah. Many Monroe Township residents would recognize her as the woman who served on the election board for 50 years.
Emma enjoyed cooking, baking and crafts (ceramics and crocheting), and shared the fruits of her labors with as many as possible. Because of her love for cooking, she cooked in several nursing homes and was able to use her knowledge gained from the correspondence course. She an Leon traveled extensively both in the states and abroad and loved to share their experiences.

However, her greatest love was for her family, Sandra Deppen and husband, Richard, Ellen Mack and Linn Zimmerman married to Craig. Her heart was large enough to encompass grandchildren and their spouses, Richard II and Kim Deppen, Linda Deppen Wilson, Alan Deppen, Ryan and Michelle Mack, Kristen Zimmerman, and Amanda (Zimmerman) and Joseph Moore; and then her love expanded in include the great-grandchildren, Mary K., Sarah, Nicole, Erin, Matthew and Sean Deppen, James McKinney, Kayla, Amber and Justina Wilson, Evan Pickering, Braydon Mack, Weston and Emmerie Moore. Family gatherings were especially enjoyable when joined by her brother, Marlin Young Jr. and his wife. Carolyn, and they would talk about their childhood days and pull the family skeletons out of the closet.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son-in-law, Donald Mack.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove. The funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Community United Methodist Church, Selinsgrove, with the Rev. Randall Bennett Jr., officiating.
Burial will be in Shreiners Cemetery.

Contributions in Emma's memory may be made to Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road, Selinsgrove, PA 17870.
Published on October 19, 2017
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