Mary (Hamm) Carper


Mary (Hamm) Carper, 91, of Willow Valley Lakes Manor, formerly of Manheim and Millersville, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. She was the wife of the late Richard G. Carper to whom she was married for 59 years before he passed away in 2014. Mary was born in Lancaster, daughter of the late Henry H. and Catherina Braun Hamm. She graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School, Class of 1946 and worked at Armstrong World Industries from 1943-1954. Mary was a lifelong member of Calvary Church. She volunteered for Calvary Homes, and Calvary Care Food pantry. Mary worked tirelessly in her husband’s deli business: Carper’s Home of Fine Foods, for 30 years. In 1969, Mary joined her husband in forming Garden Spot Promotions, assuming the role of CEO after Richard’s illness, while continuing the mission of providing and presenting Gospel Music and it’s message throughout South Central Pennsylvania until she retired in 2004. Mary lived her life with courage, integrity and good humor, leaving all who knew her with an example of hardworking perseverance and resilience.

Mary is survived by two sons: Ronald J. husband of Barbara Carper, Mount Joy and Roger L. husband of Barb Carper, Lancaster. One daughter: Marianne wife of Karl Neuenschwander, Leola. Six grandchildren. Seven great-grandchildren. Three step-grandchildren. Two step-great-grandchildren. One sister: Helen wife of Jerry Frey, Landisville. She was preceded in death by three siblings: Albert Hamm; Erna Brodhecker; and Anne Acker.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mary’s Celebration of Life Service at Willow Valley Lakes Manor Auditorium, 300 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Friends may visit with the family at the auditorium from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Mary’s memory to: Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or visit Arrangements by the Workman Funeral Homes, Inc., Mountville/Columbia. To send an online condolence, visit the condolence page.