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Ada L. (Bowman) Racey

March 8, 1933 ~ October 25, 2018 (age 85)

Ada L. (Bowman) Racey, 85, died Thursday, October 25, 2018, at The Brethren Home Community, surrounded by her loving family.  She was the wife of Larry R. Racey, Sr, her husband of 66 years.

Ada was born March 8, 1933, in Williston, ND, the daughter of the late William E. and Cora E. (Rhodes) Bowman.  She was raised by Hershel and Evelyn Callahan.

Ada was a 1951 graduate of New Oxford High School.  She earned her associates degree in early childhood education from Penn State, and her master’s degree in health administration from York College.  Ada was the health manager for Head Start in York County for 38 years, and served on the boards of Safe Kids of York County, the Dental Coalition of York County and Aids Coalition of York County.  She wrote and presented a health and safety skit “Betty Cracker’s Kitchen” to parents and community at local, state, and regional meetings, and also presented at the National Head Start Conference in Puerto Rico in 1986.  She was a first aid and CPR instructor for the Red Cross for 31 years, and was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star, Conewago Chapter #532.

In addition to her husband Larry, Ada is survived by three sons, Larry R. Racey Jr, and his wife Lori of St. Mary’s, GA, and Gary E. Racey and his wife Joyce, and Scott K. Racey and his wife Susan, all of New Oxford, five grandchildren, Todd Racey and his wife Lisa, Carrie Fuhrman and her husband Chad, Jennifer McConnell and her husband D. Colin, Kelly McWilliams and her husband Branden, and Jill Varady-Pappas and her husband Andy, five great grandchildren, Carson Racey, Crew Racey, Tucker McConnell, Kennerly McConnell, and Barrett McWilliams, a sister, Alice Mae Hucko of San Diego, CA, extra special friends, Betsy Gingrow and Opal Millhimes, and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Samuel and Edward Bowman, and a brother-in-law, Joseph Hucko. 

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 11 AM at the Nicarry Meeting House of The Brethren Home Community, 2990 Carlisle Pike, with Rev. Kirk Griffin officiating.  A visitation will be held at Nicarry on Tuesday from 9 AM until the time of the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA/Hospice, 440 N. Madison St, Hanover, PA  17331, or to a charity of your choice.  Feiser Funeral Home, Inc, 302 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford, is in charge of arrangements.  Memories may be shared at www.feiserfuneralhome.com


Donations may be made to:

VNA / Hospice
440 N. Madison St., Hanover PA 17331


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