Lois H. Younker, 87

OCT. 27, 1923-JUNE 5, 2011

June 06, 2011
  • Lois H. Younker
Lois H. Younker

Lois Hope Landers Younker, age 87, of Tollgate Ridge, Hancock, Md., died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at her home.

Born Oct. 27, 1923, near Hancock, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Charles and Ida Bella Robinson Landers.

She was a resident of Thompson Township, Fulton County, Pa., where she was involved with the Family-Operated Farms and Custom Meat Processing.

She was a 1940 graduate of Hancock High School, and a 1944 graduate of Allegany Hospital School of Nursing by the Sisters of Charity, Cumberland, Md.

A veteran of World War II, she served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps; while employed at the University of Maryland Hospital, she joined the American Red Cross emergency call for nurses in the polio epidemics of 1949 to 1950, at Little Rock, Ark., Minneapolis, Minn., and Baltimore, Md.

She did private home and hospital nursing for several years, retiring in 1983 from the Maryland State Health Department after 30 years of service as a public health nurse in Washington County, Md.

Since 1976, she had been a participant in the nurse health study by the Harvard Medical School, a research program of professional women in relation to health and disease.

She was a charter member of the Women in Military Service for the American Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. She was a member of Rehobeth United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Eldon P. Younker, whom she married Dec. 21, 1956; two sons, Kirk T. Younker and wife, Diane, and Blane T. Younker and wife, Jackie, all of Fulton County; one stepdaughter, Judy Esque of McConnellsburg, Pa.; and four grandsons, Travis, Byron, Kyle and Adam Younker.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Victor Landers, Ralph H. Landers and Harry Rodger Landers.

A service will be Thursday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at Damascus Christian Church, Big Cove Tannery, Pa. The Rev. Duane L. Jensen and the Rev. Russell Hoffman will officiate. Burial will be in Damascus Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock, Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., and at the church Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. For the convenience of family and friends, the funeral home will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Damascus Christian Church, 199 E. Pittman Road, Needmore, PA 17238.

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