The daughter of Dixon and Rebecca Smith Bartley, Elvira Bartley was born May 12, 1854, in Butler County, Pennsylvania. She married Fred K. Gerner and had 16 children including my grandmother, Beulah Mae Gerner Doyle. After her husband died in 1926, Elvira lived with her daughters on a rotating basis. One of her grandsons remembers that she enjoyed spending time reading the Bible and singing hymns. Elvira passed away on February 3, 1943, at the age of 88.
I'm wishing Gramma Elvira a happy, happy birthday today! I hope she is surrounded by family and friends.
You can read a brief biographical post about Elvira at A Kind and Generous Woman and see a timeline of her life at Elvira Bartley Gerner - Her Years from Birth to Burial.