Menetta Esther Eitemiller, a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and entertaining, died of complications from diabetes Saturday at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. She was 80.
Born and raised Menetta Timanus in Hebbville, she was a graduate of Catonsville High School. In 1944, she married Donald A. Eitemiller, a steamfitter who died in 1995.
For years before moving into the retirement community in 1999, Mrs. Eitemiller had lived on Summit Avenue in Randallstown. While her husband tended the couple's large vegetable garden, Mrs. Eitemiller canned the annual bounty.
"She even made her own ketchup," said her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Eitemiller of Woodbine.
Mrs. Eitemiller liked preparing meals for family and friends, and was especially known for two dishes: "She made the best homemade chicken pot pie and fresh coconut cake. She'd buy her own coconuts and then grated them," the daughter-in-law said.
Mrs. Eitemiller was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, where she baked cakes and cooked for church fund-raisers and dinners. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.
Mrs. Eitemiller is survived by her son, Kent Eitemiller of Woodbine, and two grandchildren.