Emmabelle “Eppie” Lyons, 91, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Melinda (Mindy) and Paul Fahrenbach, 540 W. Academy St., Hughesville, Pa.
Eppie was born Sept. 9, 1919, in Williamsport, a daughter of August Christian and Mary Seeger Gloeckler. She graduated in 1938 from Williamsport High School, where she was very active in the musical productions.
She graduated in 1941 from the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing, just recently celebrating her 70th year as an alumni from that school. After graduating from nursing school she worked as an industrial nurse at Sylvania. From 1953 to 1972, she worked at the Williamsport Hospital in the OB/GYN unit.
Eppie was a charter member of the New Covenant United Church of Christ where she participated in many activities. She was the last remaining original member and past president of the “Clara Greevey Girls”, a Sunday School group that was started in 1930. She was a member of the “Cracked Pots”, a women’s social group at the church and enjoyed their yearly contribution to the congregation’s talent show. Eppie sang alto in the church’s Celebration Choir. Before her health started to decline she could be counted on to help out with the church’s fundraisers which included making apple dumplings in the fall, peanut butter eggs at Easter and organizing the “jewelry department” at the rummage sales.
Eppie was a member of the South Williamsport Senior Citizens and was a regular at Tuesdays Bingo. She was also a member of the Williamsport Chapter of Red Hats, known as the Billtown Sophisticated Ladies, and held the office of Queen of Vice. She loved to shop and travel with her good friends Doris Watchter, Carol Phillips, Joan Howard and Helen Benson. She loved to write poetry and wrote dozens of poems dedicated to her many friends and loved ones.
Eppie is survived by her daughter, Melinda (Paul) Fahrenbach and a grandson, Nathan of Philadelphia.
She is predeceased by her husband, John F. Lyons; one brother, Emerson Gloeckler; four sisters, Geraldine Burns, K. Elizabeth Kern, Marie L. Davenport and Elnora A. Laich.
Relatives and friends were invited to Eppie’s Life Celebration service 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at the New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St., Williamsport, with Rev. Clara A. Benson officiating. A visitation was held Monday, May 30, 2011, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., “A Life Celebration Home,” 500 W. Fourth St., and from 10 until 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial was in Twin Hills Memorial Park.
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