Darthea Bardine, 97, Hollidaysburg, passed away Sunday evening at the home of her daughter.
She was born in Mount Union, daughter of the late Harry Mason and Selina Belle (Crotsley) Dunlap and. On June 23, 1944, she married Rev. Bruce Robert Bardine in Baltimore, MD. He preceded her in death on June 9, 2004.
Darthea is survived by five children: Elizabeth (Frank) O’Donnell of Huntingdon, Sandra (Paul) Delong of Lancaster, Linda Knob of Huntingdon, Sally (Carl) Wenzel of Hollidaysburg, and Bob (Vanessa) Bardine of Hollidaysburg; 14 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Harold Buss of Canton, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by seven siblings: Trudy (Edward) Bradley, Harry (Hazel) Dunlap, Lil (Jack) Hoffman, Esther (Melvin) Diven, Jeanette (Noel) Fletcher, Mimi (Leo) Bradley, and Betty (Joe) Stepp.
Darthea was a 1943 graduate of Mount Union High School. She began her working career as a Dental Assistant. She also worked in a sewing factory, as a clerk for Mt. Union Brick Yard, an inspector of airplane parts for Middletown Depot, AVON, Mt. Union United Methodist Church secretary until June of 1967, a volunteer at UPMC Altoona for 10 years, and a published author.
She was a member of Juniata United Methodist Church, Mt. Union Civic Club, Preachers Wives Choir, Red Hat Hotties, Altoona Story League, and UMC Ministirium Wives.
She served various positions at the United Methodist Church; 1st president of the District United Methodist Women, president United Methodist Women Local Churches, certified lay speaker, Sunday School Teacher, Leader for Vacation Bible School, youth groups, church camp, youth camping trips, Bible Study, speaker for Lenten services, wrote and produced various programs for church and civic events such as: hat show, bridal show, 100 anniversary for Wesley United Methodist Church; went on a mission trip to the McCurdy school in Espanola, New Mexico, attended Walk to Emmaus and church choir.
She enjoyed painting original art, especially landscapes and still life, ceramics, sewing, B&D crafts, crocheting, she knit hats, scarves, and sweaters for sailors, puzzles, gardening, board games, toboggan/sled rides, bowling, loved big family gatherings, trips, Sunday car rides, family camping, loved to can food in the Fall, and two favorite annual family events: Shrove Tuesday Donut Day and Black Friday Christmas cookie day.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 pm on Friday, February 4, 2022 at Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N 4th Street, Altoona, and from 9 until the 10 am funeral service on Saturday, February 5, 2022 with Rev. Julia Piper and Rev. Carol Gathagan officiating. Interment will be made at Mount Union Cemetery. Arrangements are by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Juniata United Methodist Church or to a charity of your choice.