Maira W. Cleaver, age 91, died April 7, 2013 after living at the Willow Valley Retirement Communities in Lancaster, Pa. since 1999. Her parents were John and Mary Wright.
She earned a B.S. in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was a member of Delta Sigma Epsilon Sorority. An accomplished singer, she sang during her college years as part of a Fred Waring quartet each Sunday over radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh. While at Rutgers University she earned an master's degree in psychology and was a teacher and guidance counselor for 24 years.
While living in Lancaster she served as an elder of First Presbyterian Church, was on the Willow Valley Lakes Residential Council, and on the Lakeside Health Council. In Hudson, Ohio she served as a trustee of the First Congregational Church of Hudson, sang in its choir, was a trustee of Laurel Lake Retirement Community and their Foundation Board. Mrs. Cleaver served on the board for 22 years with Presbyterian Senior Living, a non-profit organization for the elderly, including two years as the first woman to chair the board. In Paoli, Pa. she served as a deacon and elder at the Paoli Presbyterian Church and as a soprano soloist. She was past president of the Upper Main Line Women's Club, House Chair of Waynesborough Country Club, and a member of the Board of The Trading Post, benefiting Fox Chase Cancer Center. In Chester County, Pa., she served on the Children and Youth Services Board and was chairperson for 12 years.
She leaves daughter Susan Priem (Joseph) of Paoli, Pa. and two granddaughters, Jennifer Priem of Sagamore Hills, and Melissa (James) Boukalik of Phoenixville, Pa. and three great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years Dr. William Cleaver, grandson Andrew Priem, her brother Leslie Wright and her companion Charles Giaque.
A public celebration of life memorial service will be April 26 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, Pa. Family will receive friends at the church beginning at 10 a.m.
Parking is available at the church or the Kearney Snyder funeral home directly across the street. The interment memorial service, open to all, will be at The Baptist Church in the Great Valley, 95 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon, Pa. April 27 at 2 p.m. with a reception in the church's fellowship hall after the service
In lieu of flowers. contributions in Mrs. Cleaver's memory can be made to Presbyterian Senior Living, One Trinity Dr. East, Suite 201, Dillsburg, Pa. 17019. To send an online condolence to the family, visit www.KASnyderfuneralhome.com.