Erma Elizabeth Whittington

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Erma Elizabeth Paden Whittington, Aunt Erma, of Ellport, Pa walked through the gates of Heaven into the arms of her Lord and Savior August 23, 2019 at Jameson Care Center, New Castle, Pa.
Erma was born February 14, 1917 in Mahoning Township near Hillsville, Pa the oldest daughter of the late Milo D. and Florence N. Paden. Erma was a graduate of Seminary High School, Poland, Ohio, Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa and the University of North Carolina Library School. She also attended Slippery Rock State Teachers College where she added Elementary Education to her teaching certificate, after which she taught at South New Castle Borough, Union High School, and Sharpsville Junior High.
In 1949 Erma began a new Career as a Librarian at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina remaining there for 38 years until her retirement in 1987.
Erma resided in Durham, North Carolina for 60 years and was a member of the Yates Baptist Church in Durham, where she was as active member teaching Sunday school and singing in the Choir. Erma was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, The National Active and Retired - Federal Employees, and the American Library Association. Erma is a life member and Past Worthy Matron and pianist of the Southgate Chapter #177 of the order of the Eastern Star.
Erma has resided in Pennsylvania with her niece, Jean Biehls and nephew the late Gary Biehls from 2008 to the present. She attended Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Chippewa and is a member of the Small Group Bible Study. Erma also attended the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Portersville.
Erma's greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends as well as reading. word searches. crosswords, watching Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Basketball, (Duke) Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. She cherished time at family gatherings, basketball, football, and softball games, shopping, and going to lunch with friends.
Erma was preceded in death by her parents Milo and Florence Paden, her husband of 46 years Tolbert Mansfield Whittington Jr, two sisters Grace Shehy and Ruth Musser and four brothers, Wilbur, Hugh Dale, Kenneth and Fred Paden. Three Nephews. Edwin Paden, Robert Shehy and Jim Paden, two great nieces Darlene Musser and Tiffany Paden, one great nephew Scott Paden.
Erma is survived by three nieces Jean Biehls, Kathleen (Tim) Sturgeon and Sylvia (Laney) Shoup and six nephews Dale (Gayla) Paden, Bill Shehy, Dennis (Betsy) Musser, Hugh (Karen) Paden, Gary (Becky) Paden and Jeffrey Paden, Twenty great nieces and nephews and also numerous great great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday August 28, 2019 from 1 to 3pm at the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak Street Bessemer, Pa 16112. Services for Erma will begin at 3pm following the visitation with officiating duties being entrusted to Dana Opp of EPC Presbyterian Church of Portersville, Pa. A procession will follow to Riverside Cemetery in Poland where Erma will be laid to rest with her husband.
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Published on August 25, 2019
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Kathryn RN
Aug 25, 2019
It was a pleasure meeting you and taking care of you. To Jean & family- you’re in my thoughts and prayers. May you find some peace and healing knowing erma is at rest. ❤️ -Kathryn RN