Little Orleans, Md.

Delma L. (Elbin) Zirkle, 85, of Little Orleans, Md., passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at WHMS Hospital, Cumberland, Md.

She was born Dec. 21, 1933, in Artemas, the first child of 13 to the late W. Kelly and Mabel R. (Clingerman) Elbin.

She was united in marriage with William Wayde Zirkle in 1951, until he passed on March 31, 1982.

She is survived by children, Leon Zirkle, of Little Orleans, Md.; Zane Zirkle, married to Carole, of Warfordsburg; Diana Smith, of Artemas; Nanette Porter, of Lancaster; Natalie Hartley and boyfriend, Lindsy Clingerman, of Artemas; stepson, Billy Zirkle; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; siblings: LeAnna, married to Donald Potts, of Artemas; Floyd Elbin, married to Connie, of Artemas; Leon Elbin, married to Janet, of Artemas; sisters-in-law, Faye Elbin and Joan Elbin.

Delma was preceded in death by her parents; husband; an infant son, Carl; Elbin siblings: Eugene, John, Warren, Dale, Harold, Ralph, Kenneth, Alverta Papa and LaDonna Dennison; and son-in-law, Larry Smith.

Delma was a graduate of Everett Area High School Class of 1951. She was a member of the Fairview Christian Church. She worked for Sheetz in Hancock, Md., for 20 years, and was fondly known by many as “Grandma Sheetz.” Delma was a fantastic cook and you never left her home hungry. She loved and took care of her friends and family,

Visitation is on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Akers Funeral Home, 299 Raystown Rd., Everett, and on Wednesday at Fairview Christian Church, 1747 Crooked Run Rd., Artemas, from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. The funeral service will begin Wednesday at 11 a.m., with Pastors Milton Morris and Jonas Smith officiating. A light lunch will be served in the church dining hall after burial in the Fairview Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at

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