Lena M. Gaylor, 84

NOV. 7, 1926-JULY 3, 2011

July 04, 2011
  • Lena M. Gaylor
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Lena Mae Gaylor, 84, of Antietam Drive in Hagerstown, Md., slept away peacefully Sunday, July 3, 2011, at her home, of Alzheimer’s.

Born Sunday, Nov. 7, 1926, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Eli Albert and Minnie Shank Gaylor.
She was a homemaker and gardener after her employment in sales for many years with World Book Encyclopedia and The Furst-McNess Co. Before that, she and her former husband, D. Calvin Bowers, operated a dairy farm on Downsville Pike.

She was a 1944 graduate of Williamsport (Md.) High School, and a member of Antrim Faith Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Pa., and worked in the bus ministry of Harvest Baptist Church for many years. She held various offices in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and was a member of national AARP.

Ms. Gaylor is survived by one daughter, Pamela M. Rinehart and husband, Robert Wayne, of Hagerstown; one son, David Albert Bowers of Hagerstown; one grandson, Christopher David Hornbecker of Virginia; one great-grandson; two great-granddaughters; two stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; one sister, P. Virginia Jordan of Williamsport; and one brother, Clyde “Pete” Gaylor of Downsville, Md.

She was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers.

At her request, there will be no viewing. A graveside service will be Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Manor Cemetery, 18511 Manor Church Road, (Tilghmanton), Boonsboro, MD 21713. The Rev. Herbert S. Busick will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Antrim Faith Baptist Church, 6621 Marsh Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Special thanks to the staff of HomeCall Home Health Care Inc. for their compassionate, loving care. The family extends their deepest gratitude to Dr. Mary E. Money, the staff at Ravenwood Day Care Services, friends, neighbors and relatives for the many acts of kindness shown Ms. Gaylor during her lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

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