Lorraine Harris Humer, 95, of Thornwald Home and formerly of 230 S. College St., Carlisle, died on January 5, 2018 at Thornwald. She was the widow of James R. Humer, Sr., who died on July 12, 1988.
Born on July 31, 1922 in Carlisle, she was the daughter of the late Glenn A. and Bessie F. Harris.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a kind, sweet and giving person, and her family, friends and her home were most important to her. She enjoyed traveling, music, genealogy, history, knitting, crocheting, cooking, visiting friends and most of all, spending time with her family. She truly lived to serve others and always helped those in need. We were very blessed to have her in our lives. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and everyone who knew her. We are sad to see her leave but relieved that she is finally free and at peace.
She was a 1940 graduate of Carlisle High School. She attended Dickinson College for two years, then attended and graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing in 1945. She returned to school in 1951 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1952. She served as a Visiting Nurse in Carlisle from 1946 to 1951 and as a school nurse for Carlisle area schools from 1960 to 1973.
She was a member of the Carlisle United Methodist Church, Knights Templar Auxiliary, Old Bellaire Chapter Eastern Star, U.S. Daughters of 1812, Chi Omega Sorority, YWCA, Cumberland County Historical Society, Meals on Wheels board, AARP, Carlisle Hospital Auxiliary, and was a member and past Regent of the Cumberland County Chapter DAR and the DAR Regents' Club. She was also a member of the Auxiliary of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Carlisle Travelers' Club. She also served as the first President of the former Cumberland County Lawyers Auxiliary and helped to establish and conduct many tours of the Old Courthouse.
She was a charter member of the Carlisle Swim Club. She also served as a docent at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg for over thirty years.
During World War II, she proudly served in the Cadet Nurse Corps as a student nurse.
Surviving are two sons, James R. Humer Jr. (Bonnie) of Elizabethtown and John (Ann) of Lancaster; one daughter, Anne (Paul) of Mechanicsburg; five grandchildren, Amanda Noss (Ryan) of Enola, Meredith of Enola, Michele Edens (Marshall) of Mountville, Sgt. Christopher Wade, USMC, of Beaufort, SC and Cody Wade of Lancaster; and three great grandchildren, Addison and Carter Noss and Ezekiel Edens.
In addition to her parents and husband, two sisters, Barbara Grogan and Georgianna Pembrook, preceded her in death.
A memorial service will be held in her church, Carlisle United Methodist Church, 45 S. West St., Carlisle, at 2 pm on January 13, 2018 with the Rev. James VanZandt officiating. Family will receive friends at the church after the memorial service. Burial will be private and will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 525 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21205 or Thornwald Home, 442 Walnut Bottom Rd., Carlisle, PA 17013.
The family would like to express their sincere love and appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the nurses, aides and all staff members of Thornwald Home for the kind, dedicated and compassionate care they provided Lorraine during the past five years.
The Dailey Funeral Home is honored to serve the Humer family.
Dear John and Family,
What a beautiful obituary. Terry and I are sorry for your loss. My dad, Evers, spoke well of your mother, they were a year apart in school. She certainly had a distinguished nursing education. Our sympathies.
To Mrs. Humer's family,
I remember her from Bellaire Elementary School, she made me feel like everything was going to be ok and to a scared 1st grader she was always so kind and listened to you even if the situation was trifle. God Bless you all during this time of grieving..
~ Audrey Trussell
I read the obituary of Mrs. Humer with interest as I knew her daughter Anne around 1993 when I was the preschool teacher for her son Christopher. She and her husband were wonderful, caring parents and gracious to the teachers. I would like to send a sympathy card and include a copy of the obit (which I often do for friends with out of state relatives), but cannot find an address for her and Paul. My own mother died March 19 (in NJ) at almost 93 so I have great sympathy for Anne. Perhaps this message can be passed on to her and I can somehow be given her address so I can mail these to her. At least, please pass on my sympathy at the passing of such a gracious lady to a very gracious family. Thank you, Francine Moody
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