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Mildred Louise Cook McVicker

July 31, 1926 December 14, 2018
Mildred Louise Cook McVicker
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Obituary for Mildred Louise Cook McVicker

Mildred Louise Cook McVicker died December 14, 2018, at Homewood of Plum Creek, Retirement Center, in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She was 92 years old.

Mrs. McVicker was born in N.W. Washington, D.C., in 1926, to Francis Wilson and Margaret Virginia Grimes Cook, who both worked for the U.S. Federal Government. Mildred graduated from May P. Bradshaw High School in 1943, and began working for the State Department. She was secretary and organist for St. Mark and the Incarnation Lutheran Church, where she met her future husband, Eugene Robbins McVicker, who was stationed in Washington, D. C., with the U.S. Navy.

In 1945, Mildred was chosen by the State Department to attend the first United Nations Conference in San Francisco, as special secretary to two delegates. Upon her return, she attended Wilson Teacher’s College and George Washington University. She married Eugene McVicker, in May 1948, and moved to Gettysburg where she worked for the National Park Service.

As a minister’s wife, she worked behind the scenes in many capacities: teaching classes, playing the piano and organ for church and Sunday school, visiting shut-ins, singing in the choir, and hosting events. She raised three children, volunteered for Girl Scouts, and many neighborhood and community organizations.

In 1965, she returned to finish her college education, and graduated from University of Maryland in 1970, with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught Kindergarten at Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, until her retirement in 1987.

Mildred enjoyed sewing, crewel embroidery, and gardening. She was an avid bird-watcher and nature enthusiast. She played the piano for relaxation and enjoyment. She loved holding parties and events, and singing in the church choir. She traveled extensively and participated in Elderhostel and other continuing education activities. She was active in the American Association of University Women, local book clubs and civic organizations, and served as the Registrar for the Women’s General League of Gettysburg College.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Cook Sayers, of Niskayuna, New York; son, David Eugene McVicker and his wife, Rhona Knoblock McVicker, of Mt. Airy, Maryland; daughter, Marcia McVicker Stubbs and her husband, Edward Francis Stubbs, of New Orleans, Louisiana; daughter, Marilyn Louise Grimes McVicker and her wife, Ellen Elizabeth Kinnear, of Bakersville, North Carolina; ten grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dr. Eugene R. McVicker in 2008.

Visitation will be held at St. James Lutheran Church, 109 York Street, Gettysburg, at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2018. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will be Saturday, December 22, 2018, 2:00 p.m., at Watsontown Cemetery, Watsontown, Pennsylvania. Online obituary and condolences available at monahanfuneralhome.com.

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Visitation

Friday

21

Dec

10:00 AM 12/21/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/21/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. James Lutheran Church

109 York St.
Gettysburg, PA

St. James Lutheran Church
109 York St. Gettysburg PA
United States

Service

Friday

21

Dec

11:00 AM 12/21/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. James Lutheran Church

109 York St.
Gettysburg, PA

St. James Lutheran Church
109 York St. Gettysburg PA
United States

Graveside

Saturday

22

Dec

2:00 PM 12/22/2018 2:00:00 PM
Watsontown Cemetery

Cemetery Drive
Watsontown, PA 17777

Watsontown Cemetery
Cemetery Drive Watsontown 17777 PA
United States

Cemetery Details

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Watsontown Cemetery Final Resting Place

Cemetery Drive
Watsontown, PA 17777

Cemetery Drive Watsontown 17777 PA
United States
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