Mildred F. Lehman93, electrical contracting assistant, Elementary school teacher

By on January 18, 2012

Mildred F. "Milly" Lehman, 93, formerly of East Hempfield Township, died peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at Brethren Village Retirement Community, Lancaster.

Born in East Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Phares J. and Naomi Graybill Forney. Millie was the loving wife of Henry S. Lehman, and they observed their 70th wedding anniversary in June of last year.

For many years she was a homemaker who assisted her husband, Henry S. Lehman, in his electrical contracting business located in East Hempfield Township. Earlier in her life she taught in a one-room schoolhouse and also taught at East Petersburg Elementary School. She also enjoyed working part-time for S. Clyde Weaver Inc., East Petersburg. Millie was an active and faithful member of the Hempfield Church of the Brethren, East Petersburg, where she served on the church board and was the first woman chair serving for five years. A deacon emeritus, she also was active with women’s fellowship, serving as president, sang in the choir and taught Sunday and Bible school. She was a member of the Lancaster County Farm Women, Number 19, for over 55 years and served as president. Milly volunteered for Easter Seals for over 21 years and also at Brethren Village. Her interests included: oil painting, flower gardening and arranging, cooking, baking and making cookies and candy that she shared with family and friends.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son: James H., husband of Peg Katonah Lehman, of Elgin, Ill.; three daughters: Ann Lehman, wife of Alan A. Suits, of Santa Fe, N.M.; Carol J. Lehman, of Seattle, Wash.; Susan K. Lehman, of Elgin, Ill.; two grandchildren: Jessica Kate, wife of Steven Jakobovic; and Joseph M. Beaty; and four sisters: Ella Mae Fike, of Bridgewater, Va.; Dorothy, wife of Fred Rice, of Elizabethtown; Nancy Bowman, of Mobile, Ala.; and Jean, wife of David Davidson, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Preceding her in death are a grandson: Joshua R. Lehman, two brothers: Ray and John Forney; and a sister: Anna Mary Dubble.

Her funeral service was held at the Hempfield Church of the Brethren, East Petersburg, on Jan. 14. Interment took place in Hempfield Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

Those desiring may send flowers or send contributions in Milly’s memory to the Brethren Village Good Samaritan Fund, 3001 Lititz Pike, P.O. Box 5093, Lancaster, PA 17606 or Hempfield Church of the Brethren Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 246, East Petersburg, PA 17520.

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