Mary H. Gockley, 96, Luther Acres resident, WWII vet, award-winning nurse

By on December 23, 2014

Mary H. Gockley, 96, a resident of Luther Acres in Lititz, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

Born in West Cocalico Township on Feb. 13, 1918, Mary was a daughter of the late Elmer Eberly Gockley and Amanda Hagy Henly Gockley and was baptized April 20, 1919.

Mary graduated from Denver High School and held degrees from the Reading Hospital for Nursing and the University of Pennsylvania.

She practiced nursing and taught in several schools of nursing in Philadelphia for 41 years. During World War II, Mary specialized in contagious disease Nursing.

Mary was honored on two occasions (1970 and 1974) for “Distinguished service in the education of nursing students” and “the care of pediatric patients” by the Board of Trustees, the Medical Staff, and the Nursing School Faculty of the Philadelphia General Hospital.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her brother: Jacob Henly Gockley; and two sisters: Marian Grace Roseboro and Amanda A. Baum. Mary was the last of her immediate family.

Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at Mellingers Lutheran Church, Stevens-Schoeneck, with Rev. Timothy L. Craven officiating. Mary was interred in Mellinger’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Mary’s memory to the Water Street Rescue Mission at or, to the American Red Cross at

To send an online condolence, visit Paul L. Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, handled the arrangements.

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