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Mary Lou (Ryder) Tompkins

June 8, 1933 ~ October 31, 2019 (age 86)


     Mary Lou Tompkins, 86, of Williamsport, died peacefully Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the Williamsport Home. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, G. Howard Tompkins on December 11, 2018.

     Born June 8, 1933 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Josiah and Suzanne (Eck) Ryder.

     Mary Lou graduated from St. Mary’s High School and worked as the C.C. D. Coordinator at the former Ascension Church. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and the former Ascension Church. Mary Lou was active in volunteering through Hospice and the Community Arts Center. She enjoyed knitting, gardening, and spending time with her family.

     Surviving are her three children, Thomas L. Tompkins (Darlena) of Linden, Mary Anne Kilgus of South Williamsport, and Timothy F. Tompkins (Robin) of Cogan Station; a daughter-in-law Darlene Tompkins, of Hagerstown, MD; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

     In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a son Howard Christopher Tompkins in 2015, son-in-law, Larry Kilgus on June 5, 2019 and sister, Emily Colt.

     A funeral service to honor the life of Mary Lou will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian VanFossen officiating.  Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at Sanders.

     In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mary Lou’s name to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 711 West Edwin St. Williamsport, 17701 or Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, 1001 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport, PA 17701.


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November 5, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sanders Mortuary
821 Diamond Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Funeral Service
November 5, 2019

11:00 AM
Sanders Mortuary
821 Diamond Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Interment following funeral service
November 5, 2019

Wildwood Cemetery
1151 Cemetery St
Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701


Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice
1001 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport PA 17701
Tel: 1-570-320-7460

St. Joseph the Worker Parish
711 West Edwin St., Williamsport PA 17701

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