Grace E. Buffington
09/18/1922 - 01/19/2019

Grace E. Buffington, 96, of New Oxford and formerly of Hanover, entered peacefully into God’s eternal care on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the home of her daughter. She was the wife of 63 years to Jacob V. Buffington who died December 7, 2010.  Born September 18, 1922 in McSherrystown, she was the daughter of the late Guy and Genevieve (Strausbaugh) Groft.  Grace was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Hanover. Grace worked at Middleburg Manufacturing in Hanover prior to the birth of her children and then devoted her life as wife, mother and homemaker. She was a 1940 graduate of Central Catholic High School, McSherrystown and enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.  Surviving are two daughters, Diane Benedict and husband Michael and Virginia MacAvoy and husband Jody all of New Oxford; four grandchildren, Holly McWhorter and husband Jason, Derek Benedict, Jared MacAvoy and fiancé Kathleen Martin and Alison Mummert and husband Daniel; five great-grandchildren, Payton, Kylie and Maddox McWhorter, Tessa Benedict and Zeke Mummert; two sisters, Doris Staub of Hanover and Mary Louise May of McSherrystown. She was preceded in death by seven siblings, James, Raymond, Francis and Richard Groft, Helen Higinbotham, Janet Smith and Marlene Aumen.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Hanover with Rev. Michael P. Reid II as celebrant. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends and relatives will be received Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Avenue, McSherrystown, with prayers at 8 p.m.  Serving as pallbearers will be Jody MacAvoy, Michael Benedict, Derek Benedict, Jared MacAvoy, Jason McWhorter and Daniel Mummert.  Contributions in memory of Grace may be made to VNA/Hospice, 440 N. Madison Street, Hanover, PA 17331.



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Posted at:01/20/2019 4:04 pm
Karen Y
My thoughts and prayers are with all Grace's family members. I met Grace as a teenager. She allowed us girls who just wanted to have fun...have fun. God Bless.

Posted at:01/19/2019 6:06 pm
Jamie MacAvoy
The Buffington Family, Grace, what a special name and a heavenly meaning behind five simple letters. Your mom gave you the precious gift of life but, also, the great understanding of hope and family. It is these thoughts we come back to at a time of loss...hope and family. Memories become clear, as we embrace the loss but in time the importance of the gift, that we have been given becomes precious. We make changes in our own lives, to share these gifts, to share the love and to impart the wisdom, that we have been blessed with. Our hearts are filled with the love, , compassion and understanding. as you move forward, and a strong shoulder in this current moment of loss. Know that Grace will forever be in the present, as she is never forgotten. She lives within you, as she passed her special gift of unconditional love, compassion and humor to you and those she holds in her heart. Love does not pass on, love continues to grow...in you, your children and your children's children. My heart aches for you and your family during this time. Your mother was such an amazing person and she will truly be missed, My condolences. Love, Jamie and Neal

 
 
 
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