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Georgia Ensminger

Georgia Ensminger (Barrett)

Monday, August 23rd, 1943 - Thursday, April 9th, 2020
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Georgia Kay Ensminger, age 76, of Ephrata, died April 9, 2020, at Legend of Lititz, just hours after her son, Andrew, was able to visit her one last time. She was born on August 23, 1943 in Troy, Pennsylvania, to Wanita L. Vosburg Barrett and Seymour B. Barrett, and lived a life dedicated to learning, teaching and loving her family, friends, and community.

Georgia was married for 29 years to the late John E. Ensminger, Jr, and although they divorced in 2004, they remained friends and co-parents. Georgia is also preceded in death by brother Norman “Butch” Barrett, paternal grandparents Rev. Owen and Flora Briggs Barrett, and maternal grandparents James and Louise Storch Vosburg, all of Bradford County.

She is survived by her son Andrew B. Ensminger of Hopeland, PA, nieces and nephews, and friends who feel like family.

Georgia graduated from Lock Haven University with a BS in education and earned a master’s in science education from Elmira College. She taught middle school life science at Cocalico School District her entire career, and if you had her as a teacher, it isn’t likely you’ve forgotten. She had a talent for composing and performing songs to help her students remember plants and animals, such as the one about flukes, flatworms, and others in the phylum Platyhelminthes. She volunteered to teach life skills such as marriage and family, financial literacy, and sex ed, because she believed that her students should be prepared for adulthood.

She and her extended family spent many happy summers at Mountain Lake in Bradford County, where they owned a cabin. “The Lake” was, to Georgia, not only a place of rustic beauty, but one full of quality time with the people (and dogs) she cared about.

A friend once described her as "bold and beneficent", which delighted her, and she adopted it as a moniker. If she could help you, she would. If she thought you needed to hear her opinion, she would give it. She loved dogs--especially Cairn terriers, but any dog would do-as well as art, music, babies and children, and telling stories about her childhood in Troy, where her parents owned the Ben Franklin Store.

A celebration of her life may be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial Contributions in her memory may be made to your local library for children’s books, Caring Hospice Services of Central PA, or an animal rescue of your choice.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.
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Amy Sechrist

Posted at 08:12pm
I met Georgia over 20 years ago through Beth Sherman, a fellow science teacher, and we just hit it off. I remember warm evenings at the Ensminger house making Ukranian Easter eggs and playing cards, with lots bbn of dogs around. As a friend, Georgia wanted to know the good and the bad. She gave honest feedback and good life advice. She helped me realize when people were taking advantage of me, and when I had overreactions to others. I'll always be grateful for her friendship and love. Thinking you, Andrew. You took care of her really well. - Amy Sechrist

Jennifer Horn

Posted at 06:51pm
Georgia was an amazing teacher who loved science and her students. Her temperament was perfectly suited to middle schoolers - a tricky time of life. I remember her as a comforting guide, enthusiastic and intelligent. She was a fierce anti-bullying advocate long before it was in fashion. I remember her excellent Christmas cookie baking skills and her beautifully intricate hand blown Easter eggs. Heartfelt sympathies to her family - I am so sorry for your loss. Jennifer Horn

Cynthia Hoffer

Posted at 07:53pm
I remember Georgia as a kind and beautiful soul who took was my "friend" while Jenny took piano lessons from John. She made me feel special and welcomed every Monday night. We hung out and talked while they labored in the other room over the piano. As I got older, this special couple became Mr. and Mrs. Ensminger. She was a dynamic science teacher to me who displayed that females had no limits in science. Mr. Ensminger supported me in developing my love for singing and music across genres. Although, I never became a scientist, I became a counselor and I believe that she had a role in starting the neural pathways for me to be able to support children as well as I do because of my experiences with her. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Andrew, his Dad, and family and friends who knew her more closely. She was an amazing person. Cindy Horn Hoffer

Nancy Lewis

Posted at 10:14am
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Beth Good

Posted at 08:47am
My condolences to Andrew and extended family. I am a 1982 graduate. I had your dad for 6th grade chorus. I remember him still mixing in music history with letting us pick current songs to sing. I did not have your mom, but remember her warm smile in the hallways..40 years later. Sending you hugs and light. Beth Good

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