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Martha McCracken

September 13, 1917 March 27, 2014
Martha McCracken
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Obituary for Martha McCracken

Martha Kuhn McCracken, 96, of Claysville, Pa. died at 7:10 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 in the Donnell House, Washington, Pa. after being in failing health since November. She was born September 13, 1917 in Roscoe, Pa. a daughter of the late Noah Garfield and Martha Robson Wick, following the death of her mother, she was raised by foster parents,(aunt and uncle) Martha and Thomas Hughes, and resided with them and their children, Robert, Raymond, Catherine, Evelyn and Floyd Hughes, and had attended school under the Hughes name. Mrs. McCracken was a former member and Sunday school teacher at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in East Finley Twp., and was a current and active member of the Claysville United Methodist Church. She graduated from beauty school at the age of 15, too young to work, she traveled her neighborhood doing hair cutting, perms, marcel waving and face massages, and was employed by the former Duncan Miller Defense Plant in Washington, and was last employed for several years in retail shoe sales, her last employer was the former Keystone Shoes. Mrs. McCracken enjoyed baking and delivering her homemade buns to friends and neighbors, well past the age of 90, and volunteered with her late husband as "Mrs. Claus" during many Christmas seasons, and square dancing as long as her health permitted. She was a member and former Worthy Matron of the Evening Star Chapter 187, Order of the Eastern Star of Claysville. In 1933 she married Fred Arthur Kuhn, who died in 1962, and in 1969 she married Basil McCracken, Jr. who died December 14, 1998. Surviving are a daughter, Beverly J. Sloane, companion of Miller Bostich, of Claysville; seven grandchildren, Darlene Kuhn Coone, Fred R., husband of Cheryl Kuhn, Tod Kuhn, Wendy, wife of Don Dorsey, Amy, wife of Randy Shrader, Sr., Jamie Bedillion, companion of Michael Bedillion, James R. Sloane, Jr., husband of Erin Sloane; 13 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to her parents, foster parents and husbands are a son, Fred Richard Kuhn who died in Nov 2013; three brothers, Harold, Gerald, and Samuel Wick; a sister, Olive Sweet. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Claysville United Methodist Church, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014 with Rev. Rico Vespa officiating. Interment will follow in the Claysville Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Claysville United Methodist Church, 1279 Rt. 40 West, Claysville, Pa. 15323. The Evening Star Chapter 187, O.E.S. will conduct a memorial service in the church at 7 p.m. Monday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rush Funeral Home, Inc. Rogersville, Pa. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at


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