- Local Guide
Girvin A. Wainwright, 94, went to be with the Lord, Aug. 15, 2014, at Penn Highlands Health System.
Mrs. Wainwright was born Feb. 21, 1920, in Gaskill Twp., Big Run, the daughter of the late Floyd and Elva J.C. (Smith) Reed.
On Dec. 11, 1937, she married Frank A. Wainwright Sr. who preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2003. They were married 66 years and lived most of their lives on their farm near Trade City.
She was a graduate of Big Run High School.
Girvin will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother and adored grandma. She was a loyal friend who loved her God and cherished life and served as an example of faith and love to those around her. She loved cooking meals for her family and friends who gathered at her home.
She attended the First Church of God in Punxsutawney. She later became the organist for the Holiness Gospel Center in Sagamore for 10 years. She served the church in multiple capacities through the years. She taught herself to play the piano and accordion.
One of her many jobs was teaching her children and grandchildren the love of God and music. Her deep Christian faith sustained her through a long full life.
As a homemaker, she made clothes for her children, made many quilts and afghans and canned fruits and vegetables. She loved sharing stories of the past, as she was the family historian.
She first worked as the caretaker for a boarding home in Buffalo, New York, after her husband became disabled. She worked for Loree Foot-
wear in Rossiter and later in Big Run for 20 years. After the factory closed, she began working as a nighttime cleaning lady for the Punxsutawney Area School District for 20 years. She was a member of PSERS.
She is survived by two sons, James Wainwright Sr. and wife Patricia of Crownport, Indiana, and Robert Wainwright of Anthony, Texas; two daughters, Jeanne Blystone and husband Vernon of Creekside and Debbie Coleman and husband Ronald of Punxsutawney; foster son Eugene "Skip" Kaiser and wife Joann of Southington, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Kathryn Wainwright; a son, Frank A. Wainwright Jr.; and one brother, Oscar Reed.
Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the McCabe Funeral Home in Punxsutawney, where a funeral service will follow at 6 p.m., with Pastor Bill Young officiating.
Interment is private.