STANLEY - Julia P. Rankin, formerly of Mt. Holly, died May 11, 2013, at the Stanley Total Living Center, Stanley.
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She was born in Staunton, Va., on March 7, 1924, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Pancake. She attended Stuart Hall, graduated from Mary Baldwin College, and completed training and certification as a speech therapist at the University of Virginia.
She served her church and community with energy and imagination. She was a devoted member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Holly, and ably served her church in many capacities. She especially loved teaching and studying the Bible. She was an active volunteer with the Gaston County Medical Auxiliary, the Girl Scouts, the Gaston Literacy Council, and Meals on Wheels.
Survivors include a daughter, the Rev. Kitty Rankin of Gastonia; a son, Dr. Richard Rankin Jr. and wife Sarah Park of Mt. Holly; and son-in-law John Civils and wife Debbie of Birmingham, Al. Her husband, Dr. Richard E. Rankin, Sr., preceded her in death, as well as her daughter, Julie Ran-kin Civils. She was also preceded in death by her brothers Frank C. and John S. Pancake. A sister-in-law, GG Pancake, still resides in Staunton, VA.
Her grandchildren are Stewart Civils, Isaac Rankin, Louisa and Emily Sloan, Katherine Civils, Khoury Wood and Angel Beery. She also had a number of nieces and nephews to whom she was devoted.
A Worship Service on May 19, 2013 to celebrate the life of Mrs. Rankin will be held 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Holly, with the Revs. Wilson Rhoton and Jason Bryant officiating. The family will receive friends after the service in the Fellowship Hall.
The family wishes to thank Stanley Total Living Center for their compassionate care.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 135 S. Main Street, Mt. Holly, NC 28120.
Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mt. Holly is serving the family of Mrs. Rankin.
Condolence messages may be sent to www.woodlawnfuneral.org.
Woodlawn Funeral Home
375 Woodlawn Avenue
Mount Holly, NC 28120
Published in Gaston Gazette from May 15 to May 17, 2013