Maryalice ‘Trig’ (Moyer) Zebley Obituary

Maryalice “Trig” (Moyer) Zebley passed into eternal glory on June 5, 2018 at the Rydal Park Presbyterian retirement home in Rydal, Pa.

She was born on March 28, 1931 in Mifflin, Pa.  She graduated from Juniata Joint High School in 1950 and attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., where she graduated with a B.A. in Bible and Religion in 1954. It was at Maryville College where she met Phil Zebley, whom she married in 1954. Phil and Trig enjoyed 64 years of marriage together.

Growing up, Maryalice was a gifted athlete and played basketball. Maryalice later played basketball and was drum major at Maryville College. She had been involved in Christian activities from a young age as a member and leader at the First Presbyterian Church of Mifflintown, Pa. She joined the Gospel ministry full-time when her husband Phil was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament on June 1, 1955 by Marion Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.

For the next 55 years, she would faithfully serve beside her husband in five Presbyterian congregations in Huntsville, Ohio, East Orange, N.J., Huntsville, Ala., Wilmington, Del., and Saranac Lake, N.Y., between 1955-78. Then in 1978, she moved to Lawrenceville, Ill., where Phil served as an area counselor for the Major Mission Fund in southern Indiana and Illinois. From 1979-87, she lived in Bridgeport, W.V., when Phil became Executive Presbyter of Grafton and Parkersburg Presbyteries in West Virginia. In all of these ministry assignments, Trig worked tirelessly to raise her family and host hundreds of events in their local church communities. She was also an organist. In the 1960s, they planted a new church in Huntsville, Ala., where Trig played the organ in the church sanctuary, which was also their basement in the early years!

The Zebleys retired to “Morganwood” in 1991 and enjoyed 20 years in this vibrant community of retired Presbyterian pastors and mission workers located in Swarthmore, Pa., adjacent to Swarthmore College. During this time, Trig was very involved in the Morganwood community and the mission committees of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church and later Wayne Presbyterian Church. She was also involved in Philadelphia Presbytery. The Zebleys enjoyed much travel in their later years — traveling to locations throughout Europe and Japan. In 2011, the Zebleys moved to the Rydal Park retirement home near Abington, Pa.

Maryalice is survived by daughter Cosette (Tom) Kilfoyle and son Rev. Christian (Kay) Zebley; her eleven grandchildren: Matthew (Tania) Frieswyk, Nathan (Devon) Frieswyk, and Jonathan Frieswyk; Rebecca (Steve) Peterman and Sam Kilfoyle; and Anna, Emma, Kristina, Isaiah, Abigail and Molly Zebley; and one great-grandchild, Holden Henry Frieswyk. Maryalice was predeceased by her husband Rev. Dr. Philip Zebley on March 9 of this year and their eldest daughter Consquella Frieswyk in 2013.

A joint-memorial service for Rev. Dr. Philip and Maryalice Zebley is scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 10 a.m., at the Head of Christiania Presbyterian Church in Newark, Del.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association,

Condolences may be sent to Cosette Kilfoyle at; 21533 Tustumena Lake Road, Kasilof, AK 99610.

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