Maribel Greenawalt Caskey

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Maribel Greenawalt Caskey

Crestview - Maribel Greenawalt Caskey, 96, of Crestview FL passed away Saturday Sept. 18, 2021. She was born in Hollidaysburg, PA on March 12, 1925 daughter of William Orville Greenawalt and Ada Belle (Mellott) Greenawalt. From her very beginning, she followed her parents' examples of loving God, loving family, and loving her country and such is her Legacy.

Maribel was the ninth of eleven children and lived through the Depression with the help of her loving family. She attended Hollidaysburg High school and graduated top of her class in both Academic and Commercial programs. She was immediately hired as an Executive Secretary at the War Plant in Philadelphia. This is where she met the love of her life, Navy Officer James Clare Caskey. After WWII, in 1945, she married Jim and became a military wife moving every two years. Maribel became an expert at "holding down the home" during long military deployments. Maribel and Jim were the parents of four daughters, Marjas Becker, Tamara (Mickey) Bertram, Jacqueline (David) Villinger, and Reese (Ken) Williamson. One memorable three-year tour took the family to Naples, Italy. Maribel, always promoting education, immersed herself in classes: painting, flower arranging, ballroom dancing, foreign languages, horseback riding, skiing and more. No matter where their new duty station, Maribel involved herself and the family into church activities.

At Jim's Navy retirement, the family moved to Trafford, PA. Focusing on her family again, she was involved with all of her daughters' activities. She sewed majorette uniforms for the entire squad and most of the girls' clothes, gowns, and coats. She took lessons in roller-skating, tap and square dancing and new math along with them, and led the church after school program for their age group. She was incredibly smart and always willing and fluently assisted them with their foreign language, art, writing, and history assignments. Like her mother, she loved sports and cheered on her Pirates, Steelers, Penn State, Pitt and Navy teams.

Upon Jim's retirement from Pittsburgh Corning, Maribel, Jim and Reese moved to Jim's home town, Port Allegany, PA, to help care for Jim's mother. Also, they started Canoe Place Arabians, to breed and show horses all over the east coast. Maribel worked alongside Jim to build the home, farm, and huge garden. She canned or froze endless supplies of vegetables and fruits. She was an expert seamstress creating riding outfits for Reese and the horses, too. Approaching an empty nest, Maribel entered the University of Pittsburgh to get her Bachelor's degree at 50 yrs. old, again graduating at the top of her class with a double major in Political Science and English Literature. She went on to attend University of Pittsburgh Law school for one year before leaving due to Jim's illness.

In 1985, they moved to St. Petersburg, FL on the water and out of the cold. There she got her Real Estate license, delivered weekly Meals on Wheels and was a church deacon. Upon Jim's passing in 1988, she moved to Crestview, FL. Again, Maribel's love of family was foremost, here she helped care for her grandchildren, made outfits for horseshows, and was everyone's greatest cheerleader. She became part of another church family, The First United Methodist Church of Crestview. Maribel never stopped learning, embracing the new technology of tablets and Smartphones.

One of Maribel's famous sayings was, "I got out of life EVERYTHING that's in it!" and that was certainly true.

Maribel is survived by her dear siblings: Roger Greenawalt of Daytona Beach, FL and sister, Constance Robertson of Westminister, CA, her four daughters (named previously), grandchildren: Sophia Reinhard, Jenna Ash, Ada King, Jake Bertram, Kelvin Williamson, Klarissa Williamson, and Keenan Williamson. Great grandchildren: Gavin Berryman, Chloe Berryman, Abigail King, Michael Bertram, and Christine Bertram. Her family lives on in her Legacy of loving God, family, and country.

A celebration of Maribel's victorious life will be this Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at 4:30 pm at First United Methodist Church in Crestview, FL. Donations in Maribel's honor may be made to: The American Heart Association, The Salvation Army, Veterans of Foreign Wars or to a charity of your choice.

Posted online on September 20, 2021

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Maribel Greenawalt Caskey

Maribel Greenawalt Caskey

Crestview - Maribel Greenawalt Caskey, 96, of Crestview FL passed away Saturday Sept. 18, 2021. She was born in Hollidaysburg, PA on March 12, 1925 daughter of William Orville Greenawalt and Ada Belle (Mellott) Greenawalt. From her very beginning, she followed her parents' examples of loving God, loving family, and loving her country and such is her Legacy.

Maribel was the ninth of eleven children and lived through the Depression with the help of her loving family. She attended Hollidaysburg High school and graduated top of her class in both Academic and Commercial programs. She was immediately hired as an Executive Secretary at the War Plant in Philadelphia. This is where she met the love of her life, Navy Officer James Clare Caskey. After WWII, in 1945, she married Jim and became a military wife moving every two years. Maribel became an expert at "holding down the home" during long military deployments. Maribel and Jim were the parents of four daughters, Marjas Becker, Tamara (Mickey) Bertram, Jacqueline (David) Villinger, and Reese (Ken) Williamson. One memorable three-year tour took the family to Naples, Italy. Maribel, always promoting education, immersed herself in classes: painting, flower arranging, ballroom dancing, foreign languages, horseback riding, skiing and more. No matter where their new duty station, Maribel involved herself and the family into church activities.

At Jim's Navy retirement, the family moved to Trafford, PA. Focusing on her family again, she was involved with all of her daughters' activities. She sewed majorette uniforms for the entire squad and most of the girls' clothes, gowns, and coats. She took lessons in roller-skating, tap and square dancing and new math along with them, and led the church after school program for their age group. She was incredibly smart and always willing and fluently assisted them with their foreign language, art, writing, and history assignments. Like her mother, she loved sports and cheered on her Pirates, Steelers, Penn State, Pitt and Navy teams.

Upon Jim's retirement from Pittsburgh Corning, Maribel, Jim and Reese moved to Jim's home town, Port Allegany, PA, to help care for Jim's mother. Also, they started Canoe Place Arabians, to breed and show horses all over the east coast. Maribel worked alongside Jim to build the home, farm, and huge garden. She canned or froze endless supplies of vegetables and fruits. She was an expert seamstress creating riding outfits for Reese and the horses, too. Approaching an empty nest, Maribel entered the University of Pittsburgh to get her Bachelor's degree at 50 yrs. old, again graduating at the top of her class with a double major in Political Science and English Literature. She went on to attend University of Pittsburgh Law school for one year before leaving due to Jim's illness.

In 1985, they moved to St. Petersburg, FL on the water and out of the cold. There she got her Real Estate license, delivered weekly Meals on Wheels and was a church deacon. Upon Jim's passing in 1988, she moved to Crestview, FL. Again, Maribel's love of family was foremost, here she helped care for her grandchildren, made outfits for horseshows, and was everyone's greatest cheerleader. She became part of another church family, The First United Methodist Church of Crestview. Maribel never stopped learning, embracing the new technology of tablets and Smartphones.

One of Maribel's famous sayings was, "I got out of life EVERYTHING that's in it!" and that was certainly true.

Maribel is survived by her dear siblings: Roger Greenawalt of Daytona Beach, FL and sister, Constance Robertson of Westminister, CA, her four daughters (named previously), grandchildren: Sophia Reinhard, Jenna Ash, Ada King, Jake Bertram, Kelvin Williamson, Klarissa Williamson, and Keenan Williamson. Great grandchildren: Gavin Berryman, Chloe Berryman, Abigail King, Michael Bertram, and Christine Bertram. Her family lives on in her Legacy of loving God, family, and country.

A celebration of Maribel's victorious life will be this Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at 4:30 pm at First United Methodist Church in Crestview, FL. Donations in Maribel's honor may be made to: The American Heart Association, The Salvation Army, Veterans of Foreign Wars or to a charity of your choice.

Posted online on September 20, 2021