Mary Richardson, public health nurse

     Mary G. Engle Richardson. 90, of Homestead Village. 1800 Village Circle, died of natural causes Sunday at the Essa Flory Hospice Center. Mer_obitpicture.jpg (4062 bytes)
     Her husband, Alfred Granville Richardson, died in 1970.
     A former public health nurse, Mrs. Richardson returned to Lancaster in 1986 after 39 years in Kenya.
     She had attended the former Stevens School for Girls and was a graduate of the former Messiah Junior College. She graduated from the Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing in 1935. She received a bachelor of science dcgree in public health nursing from the University Pennsylvania School of Education in 1942.
     Later she attended the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and the graduate school of the University of California at Berkley.
      She was a public health nurse for the York Visiting Nurses Association before entering the U.S. Public Health Service. For the latter organization. she served as senior public health nurse in several locations throughout the country.
     A veteran of World War II, she served as a lieutenant in the U.S.. Army. The Army later loaned her to the United National Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. While with the UN, she worked with Yugoslavian refugees in Egypt, Northern Greece and Italy.
     She moved to Africa in 1947, where she lived on a coffee plantation in Kiambu,
       She served as a public health clinician and educator in Nairobi.
     In Africa, she worked to cultivate social connections among women of all races. She was a life member of the East African Women’s League.
     She returned from Africa to the United States twice for extended stays. She worked for the Los Angeles County Health Department from 1956 to 1957 and as a public health instructor at LGH School of Nursing from 1964 to1967.
     She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Kiambu.
     For many years, she served with Lancaster Meals on Wheels. She was a member ot the Auxiliary of LGH School of Nursing and the Cliosophic Society and the Towne Club, both of Lancaster.
     Also, she was a member of the alumni associat.ion of Messiah College and of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a life member of the Nairobi Club.
     Born in Lancaster. she was the daughter of the late Daniel E. and Emma K. Good Engle.
     Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lynn, wife of J. Geoff H. Jenkins, Calgary, Alberta; and a son. Alfred E. of Atlanta; five grandchildren: five great-grandchildren; and two sisters. Elizabeth Heise of Ontario and Esther E., wife of Henry Steinbrecher of Mechanicsburg.

      She was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Vera R. Soby.

Originally printed in the Lancaster New Era, Tuesday, October 17, 2000
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