MECHANICSBURG - Phyllis Jean Mowrer Dromgold, 94, died peacefully on May 7, 2021, at Messiah Village in Mechanicsburg, after suffering a stroke in April.
Phyllis grew up on her family's fifth-generation dairy farm in Spring City, and graduated from Penn State University in 1949 with degree in Chemistry/Premed. She worked at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia as a lab tech prior to her marriage to Luther D. Dromgold on May 20, 1950. She lived most of her life in Bradford, until moving to Mechanicsburg in 2007.
After her children were in school, Phyllis pursued a teaching certificate, first through a correspondence school program, and later with classwork at Clarion University. She taught third grade at schools in Bradford for 10 years.
A spiritually devout Christian, Phyllis was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Bradford. She taught Sunday School and was involved with church committees. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, taught English as a second language, and drove for Meals on Wheels. Phyllis had much compassion for those less fortunate and often took meals and treats to neighbor families. She enjoyed giving piano lessons to her children and neighbors. She was thrilled to have an upright player piano and enjoyed having her grandchildren pump the pedals when they came to visit.
In 1970, Phyllis and Luther took the family on a month-long trip out West with their green Pontiac station wagon packed with kids and a giant ice chest on the roof. It was a trip of a lifetime. After retirement, Phyllis and Luther enjoyed annual trips to Colorado and Florida. A favorite vacation was a cruise from Puerto Rico to the Caribbean Islands on a large cruise ship where her grandson Alex was playing trumpet.
Phyllis read the Bible faithfully and enjoyed poetry and nursery rhymes. When health issues required her to live at the Enhanced Living section of Messiah Village, she used her teaching skills to plan seasonal poetry readings for the other residents. Although the pandemic isolated Phyllis to her room for nearly a year, she never complained. She was very excited to welcome three new great grandsons during the pandemic and she loved hearing about their activities. She enjoyed daily calls from her husband and in-person visits after being fully vaccinated.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of nearly 71 years, Luther D. Dromgold; four children, Lisa Bender (Wayne), Ladd Dromgold (Cathy), Lynnette Wolfe (Jeffrey), Laurie Menyo (Stephen); nine grandchildren, Liz Bouk (Dan), Allison Adams (Jared), Michelle Sermen (Mehmet), Alexander Bender, Nicholas Bender (Sara), Matthew Menyo (Jane), Andrew Menyo, Theresa Husta (Brian), and Renee Wolfe; and six great grandchildren, William Bouk, Clara Adams, Zoey Adams, Oliver Adams, Carson Menyo, and Nolan Sermen.
She is predeceased by her parents, Seneca and Anna Mowrer, her brother Horace, a sister Joan Louise, a favorite aunt, Sara Miller, and a stillborn daughter Leslie Jean.
A memorial service is being held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, at Shepherdstown United Methodist Church, 1934 S. York Road, Mechanicsburg. A public viewing will be held at the church at 10 a.m. Private burial is at Bloomfield Cemetery in New Bloomfield. Masks and socially distanced COVID protocols will be followed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in memory of Phyllis to Shepherdstown UMC, Central PA Food Bank, or a charity of your choice
The Boyer Family Funeral Home is honored to handle the arrangements for the Dromgold family.