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Friday, January 2, 2015

Ethel L. Haynes, 85, of State College, PA, formerly of Sizerville Rd., Emporium, PA

Ethel L. Haynes
Ethel L. Haynes, 85, of 1900 Cliffside Dr., Apt 206, State College, PA formerly of Sizerville Rd., Emporium, PA,  died at her residence on Thursday (January 1, 2015) morning.

She was born January 23, 1929 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Clarence and Orvetta "Betty" Gribble LaPolt. On November 8, 1947 in First Baptist Church Parsonage she married Harry L. Haynes, who survives.

As a young mother, she worked hard to successfully provide a nurturing and stable home for her family despite the challenges presented by her role as the wife of a man with a military career. She successfully battled cancer when her daughters were on the threshold of elementary school, survived to welcome her grandchildren into this world, and recently learned of the impending birth of her first great grandchild. She was active in the Girl Scouts of American for many years with her daughters and husband, Harry.

After numerous relocations throughout the United States and Europe over 20 years, she and Harry settled their family in her home town of Emporium.

Mrs. Haynes was a member of the First Baptist Church in Emporium, the Portage Township Cemetery Association and the Odin Grange. 

She taught children's Sunday School for many years and served as a deaconess at the 1st Baptist Church. 

She loved gardening and flowers. Plants thrived under her care. She and Harry nurtured a massive garden each summer that produced enough for shelves of canned goods and freezers stocked with produce. Together, they produced enough fruits, vegetables, and berries to share with family and friends. She was especially known for her homemade spaghetti sauce and luscious pies. 

She adored hummingbirds and had a cloud of them buzzing around a bank of feeders that she suspended from her porch every summer. She enjoyed unnaturally good luck when playing board and card games with her family and friends. 

Throughout her life, she was an irreplaceable anchor and support for her loving husband
and family. 

Although her family grieves this parting, they find comfort in the knowledge that she merely precedes them into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In addition to her husband Harry L. Haynes
Daughter: Jane Pierzga and her husband Michael, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA
Daughter: Judy Langsdale, Euless, TX
4 Grandchildren: Nikki Foxx, Bryan Pierzga, Lindsay Langsdale & Jordan
Sister: Esther McKimm, St. Marys
Sister: Naomi Gworek, Buffalo, NY
Sister: Alice Schwab, Emporium

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Clarence and Orvetta "Betty" Gribble LaPolt
2 Sisters: Thelma Rankin and Ruth Berry
2 Brothers: Lester & Robert LaPolt

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (January 5, 2015) at 12:00 PM with Rev. Andrew Johnson, officiating. Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Burial will be in the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau, PA

In lieu of flowers memorial Contributions may be made to Salvation Army, 459 Tannery Heights, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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