Lura Jane Emery

Lura Jane Emery, (Retired Commander US Navy) 92 years, of Lancaster, formerly of Honey Brook, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at The Glen at Willow Valley, following an illness.

She was born in Honey Brook Twp., Chester County on Tuesday, May 4, 1926. Lura was the daughter of the late C. Ralph and Rachel (Umble) Emery.

Lura was a graduate of the Honey Brook High School; Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing with a nursing diploma; The University of Rochester with a BS in nursing; the University of San Diego with a MA in education and the University of Maryland with a MS in Nursing Science.

Her thirty-year career in the United States Navy Nurse Corps saw her stationed at Naval Hospitals in Newport, RI; San Diego, CA; Bethesda, MD; and St. Albans, NY. She was stationed aboard the USS Repose in Pusan, Korea during the Korean War; and at the Naval Hospital on Guam in the Mariana Islands during the Vietnam War. She retired in 1974 with the rank of Commander, as the Director of Nursing Services at the Naval Hospital in Annapolis, MD.

Jane resided in Annapolis from her retirement until 2002 when she returned to Pennsylvania and moved to an apartment at Willow Valley. She spent her retirement travelling the world and set foot on every continent. She enjoyed photography and bird watching. She treasured the companionship of her dogs, particularly her Cairn Terrier, Heather. She generously supported an endowment for Nursing Education at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

She was a member of the Retired Officers Association of Lancaster County, the Navy Nursing Corp Association, the Military Woman’s Association and the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church.

Lura was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 AM from Honey Brook Presbyterian Church, 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, Pa., with Rev. William Wisneski officiating. Family and friends will be received one hour prior to the service. A private interment with military honors will be held later at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the memory of Lura to the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church, PO Box 276, Honey Brook, Pa. 19344-0276.

Arrangements by The Labs Funeral Home, Inc. of Honey Brook, Pa.

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My sincere condolences to Jane's family. I am the web person for the Washington Metro Area Navy Nurse Corps Association (WMANNCA). Jane was one of our members for many years. We already had her birthday card ready to be mailed. If acceptable, could you please let us know when her ceremony at Arlington will be held so that I can email our members who may wish to attend. If you want this to be a private ceremony, we certainly understand. Jane touched so many people during her lifetime. The world is better because she lived. Blessings! Dee Bogart

~ Deanna Bogart
4/23/2019 2:09:04 PM

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