Mrs. Margaret C. "Aunt Maw" (Barnhart) Bingaman, 96, a resident of Quincy Village, and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at 8:50 p.m. at the nursing home. She had been in failing health for the past month.
Born April 15, 1916, in Bino, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William A. and Nora M. (Provard) Barnhart.
In her early years, Mrs. Bingaman worked at a dress factory in Greencastle. She later worked at Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital; however, she was a homemaker most of her life.
She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Brethren Church in Greencastle.
Mrs. Bingaman enjoyed reading and sharing her books; collecting glass slippers, Hummel cups and saucers, salt and pepper shakers, bells, and figurines; and was given hundreds of cat items over the years.
Christmas was her favorite time of the year and she would purchase hundreds of gifts for family and friends. In the 1950s, she would dress as Santa Claus and her first husband would take her miles around her home and she would walk house to house and give small gifts, fruit or candy from her big bag.
She would also send hundreds of cards for birthdays, anniversaries and most holidays.
She was also known to take many children to church who would not have been attending anywhere.
She is survived by two stepchildren, Lloyd Bingaman and his wife, Linda, and Patsy Peiffer and her husband, John, all of Greencastle; her stepdaughter-in-law, Nancy Bingaman of Greencastle; several stepgrandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Wilbur E. Barnhart and his wife, Othelia, of Greencastle, and Howard "Bunk" Barnhart and his wife, Doris, of Chambersburg; and 21 nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Glenn C. Weidner, who died in 1963; her second husband, John Bingaman, who died in 1990; one infant son, William Clayton Weidner, who died in 1940; one stepson, Robert Bingaman; four brothers, Kenneth Barnhart, Clifford Barnhart, Sam E. Barnhart Sr. and Bernard Barnhart; one sister, infant Lovesse Barnhart; and one nephew, Kenneth Barnhart Jr.
Services will be Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Hill United Brethren Church, 3664 Coseytown Road, Greencastle, with the Rev. Lester E. Kauffman and the Rev. Guy Baer officiating. Burial will follow in Beautiful View Cemetery, State Line, Pa.
The family will receive friends Friday one hour before services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Pleasant Hill United Brethren Church, 3664 Coseytown Road, Greencastle, PA 17225.
Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home in Greencastle is handling the arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.