Edith Ella Gammell Reed Hartman
One of the original Bethany “Gammell Girls”, Edith G. Hartman who called Bethany, PA her home for many years died peacefully on October 2, 2011. Because of failing health, she had moved to Broomfield, Colorado to live with her youngest daughter Karen Reed and son-in-law Jim Mick in 2006.
Edith was part of several generations who lived in Bethany and contributed much to the history of this Borough. Her parents were Edna Ella Blake (of the Blake Family who owned and operated the Blake Farm on Route 6) and Russell Wayne Gammell whose family owned the “Gammell House” which is the large white house with those large white pillars located on the corner across from Bethany Park. Edith and her sisters were raised on the Gammell farm located on Shady Lane in Bethany and currently owned by her daughter, Sandra J. Reed Swendsen Bates (her husband Ray Bates is recently deceased). Her oldest daughter is Joan Reed Tucker Palasia (husband: Pat Palasia) who currently resides in Beach Lake, PA. Her sister who survives her is Joyce Gammell Willoughby, Buffalo, NY. Her older sister Lois Gammell Gibbons Hubbard died October 3, 2008.
Edith graduated in 1936 from Honesdale High School and attended Wayne Commercial School. Although she moved away from Bethany in her younger years (she was a secretary in Philadelphia and married John Duane Reed (deceased) formerly of Dyberry), she came back to stay in the early 1950s. She and her three daughters lived with her parents for many years on the Gammell Farm where she was born. In 1968, she moved to her home on Wayne Street which overlooked that beloved farm. She sold her homes in Bethany and Florida and moved to Colorado in October, 2006.
In her later years, she met the love her life, Frederick (Bus) Hartman and married him on January 16, 1986. They shared a home in Bethany, PA and Hobe Sound, FL for many years. He died in September, 2002, and to this day Edith told of the wonderful times she had with her very life-of-the party husband and his friends. She also took up golf when she was in her 70s and had many wonderful golf friends whom she loved dearly, spoke of often, and who kept in touch with her over the years. Edith will be remembered for her stylish ways, her great golfing, her proud nature and her Blake/Gammell lineage. For the family, we will remember so many things - among them - everything she wore always matched and was perfectly coordinated at all times. She was one classy lady, and her family and friends will miss her.
In addition to her three surviving daughters, she also has 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.
Edith was cremated and will be returned to her beloved Bethany. A memorial celebration of her life will be announced by her daughters to be held in the springtime of 2012, Edith’s favorite time of year.
Contributions may be made to: Bethany Historical Society, c/o Ferne Keesler, 35 Olds Drive, Honesdale, PA 18431; Dessin Animal Shelter, Miller Road, Bethany, PA 18431; or HospiceCare, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026.
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