We are sad to announce the death of Lois Olive Garber Deeble on March 5, 2023.
Lois was born on April 11, 1937 in Barnesville, Pennsylvania to Olive and Melvin Garber. She had two sisters, Carolyn and Janet and one brother, Dale. She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin, her mother, Olive, her sister, Janet and her beloved brother, Dale.
Her father served as a medic in WW2. Mom used to walk a long lane, as a child, to check the mailbox to see if her father had sent any news of the war. She loved him deeply and had many good memories of him and their time together.
Lois met her husband, Benjamin H. Deeble, Jr. when they were six and eight. She and Ben were high school sweethearts. Their first date was to Ben’s Junior Prom on May 10, 1952. They were married on September 6, 1958.
She is survived by her faithful husband, Ben; her children, Lynne Eckbold (Glenn), Jennifer Kilicoglu (Bora), Lynette, and Ben (Rene); as well has her grandchildren, Christopher, Jessica, Catherine, Bradley and Cameron; and her great granddaughter, Emilia.
One of her greatest joys was to be present at the birth of each of her grandchildren.
Lois received her RN from the Reading School of Nursing in Reading, PA. She and her roommate, Marilyn Sheldon, have been lifelong friends. She received her BSN from the University of Delaware and Master’s Degree in education from Widener University. She worked as a floor nurse, public health nurse, volunteer camp nurse and school nurse. She retired from Red Clay School in 2004.
She was one of five women who founded Nursing Mother's in Delaware in 1967. They started the organization to help support women who were interested in and needed help breast feeding their babies. She also taught childbirth education classes at Crozer Chester Medical Center in Chester, PA from 1973 – 1978.
Lois was an active Member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE. She served her church as a Sunday School teacher, Director of Vacation Bible School and in the women’s ministry of Coffee Break.
Lois loved to quilt and made many for relatives and friends. Ocean City, NJ was her favorite spot in the world. She spent over 40 years vacationing there always entertaining family and friends. Her faith was genuine and solid. She prayed for her children and grandchildren every day and gave support during life’s rough times.
Lois, Mom, Mom-mom, you will be missed by all your family and friends. You were, are and always, will be loved.
Burial service will be held at St. Peter's Cemetery, Barnesville, PA on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:00 AM.
A Memorial Service will be held at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 1006 Wilson Road Wilmington, DE, 19803 on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 1:00 PM.
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