Elizabeth "Lib" R. (Davis) Townsend, age 87, of Gettysburg, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Genesis Health Care Gettysburg Center. A member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, she retired after 28 years as a deli manager for Marraccini's in Elizabeth. Libby was a good mother, a warm grandma, and a very proud great-grandma. She was a devoted sister, a beloved aunt, and loved all children and animals. She was an avid crocheter and a master bread baker. Her family always said, "She had the best buns in town." She was so proud that all of her kids and grandkids are fearless cooks and bakers.
Born July 5, 1931 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late Phineas and Helen (Politoski) Davis and wife of the late Lionel H. "Lee" Townsend. She is survived by daughter, Valorie (the late Richard) Townsend Haddad of Gettysburg ; sons, Scott (Teresa Romiti) Townsend of Baltimore, MD and Geoffrey Townsend of Elizabeth; grandchildren, Paige, Geoffrey (Lee Ann) and Matthew (Carin) Townsend, Erin, Ashleigh M. Haddad (Nicholas Morrison), Jonathan (Mary), Jason (Hilary) and Steven (Tiffany) Haddad; great-grandchildren, Anna, Mathew, Molly, Jaxson and Owen Townsend, Sebastian and Lucas Del Cid, and Alex and Jake Haddad; sister, Dorothy Gealy of Pittsburgh; and sisters-in-law, Virginia Davis of Forward Twp. and Gerie Townsend of South Carolina; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sister, Gloria "Sugh" Dubs, and brothers, Phineas "Shark" and Edward "Skip" Davis. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Monday, April 15, 2019, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 10 AM in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Walter Pietschmann officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wolf Sanctuary of PA, 465 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz, PA 17543. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
Originally published April 11, 2019.