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Teacher from Hunker was dedicated to children, faith

Joe Napsha
| Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

Marden Ankney loved children and to teach — a good combination for a woman who spent her career in the classroom and at church.

“She was always with the children, in school or at church,” her husband Robert Ankney said.

Marden E. Ankney of Hunker died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Excela Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, as a result of cancer. She was 77.

She was born Oct. 5, 1939, in New Stanton, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Erma DuVall Davis.

She graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., and taught in the Hempfield Area School District for more than 30 years before retiring in 1995. Mrs. Ankney received the Positive Teaching Award while teaching at West Point Elementary School in Hempfield.

She was a member of Armbrust Wesleyan Church in Hempfield, where she served as a Sunday school and Bible school teacher.

“She taught the youngsters for nearly 30 years. She had a strong faith,” her husband said.

Mrs. Ankney was a Christian Youth Crusaders director and a past district conference delegate for the church. She also served as Joy Fellowship treasurer.

She loved organizing the church's mother-daughter banquet, a responsibility she handled for many years. She was the 20-year recipient of the dedicated service award to the Wesleyan Women's Organization.

For all of her involvement in the church, it seems appropriate that Mrs. Ankney met her future husband there.

For several years, the couple supported a child through World Hope International.

“She was a good person. Her values were very good,” Mr. Ankney said.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Susan Fierst of Hempfield, Vickie Queer of Ridgway, Kathy Evans of Tonawanda, N.Y., and Judy Ankney of Vancouver, Wash.; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home Inc., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Additional visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday in Armbrust Wesleyan Church, 7790 Route 819, Armbrust, where a Christian memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Lycippus Community Cemetery, Unity.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hephzibah Children's Home, 6601 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31220; or Global Partners, P.O. Box 50434, Indianapolis, IN 46250.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or

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