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Doris U. Moyer

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On June 10, 2015 @ 11:38 am In Obituaries | 8 Comments

Surrounded by her beloved family and dear friends, Doris U. Moyer, 91, of Lancaster, gently passed away on Monday, June 8, 2015 at Brethren Village Retirement Community.  Her remarkable life encompassed numerous personal, civic and professional accomplishments.

A graduate of Pottstown High School, Allentown Hospital School of Nursing (RN), and the Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Nursing (MS, Anesthesia), she was a nurse anesthetist, and later, a school nurse.  She chose to be a full-time mother and homemaker when her children were born.  After raising her family, she earned a real estate broker license and practiced for thirty-five years, founding her own firm, Doris Moyer Real Estate, in 1984.

A stalwart of the Republican Party, in 1972 she served as Campaign Chairperson for Congressman Edwin D. Eshleman’s re-election.  In 1977, she was the first woman to be elected Chairperson of the Lancaster County Republican Party.

A founding member of Westgate Baptist Church in Lancaster, she served on the Board of Trustees, Board of Deacons, taught Sunday school, and volunteered countless hours for over forty years.  A committed volunteer, a few of her activities were:  Girl Scout Troop Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Member of Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 501, Lancaster General Hospital Chaplain’s Office volunteer, and founder of the Macular Degeneration Support Group, Chairperson of the Loss of Hearing Group, member of The Red Hat Society at Brethren Village.

She loved spending time in Ocean City, NJ, walking on the beach and attending the Ocean City Tabernacle.  She enjoyed travelling with her late husband and family, and was an avid theatergoer.

Born in Pottstown, PA she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Harriet (Spiese) Umstead, and the sister of Lawrence Umstead.  She shared sixty-two years of marriage with Daniel W. Moyer, Jr., who past away in 2006.

Her children and grandsons were the light of her life, and she was a treasured support for each of them. Surviving is a daughter, Harriet Moyer Aptekar, wife of Dr. Donald W. Aptekar of Denver, Colo.; a son, Daniel W. IV, husband of Linda Kendig Moyer, of Lancaster; four grandsons, Daniel W. Moyer V., David J. Moyer, Jacob W. Aptekar, and Noah L. Aptekar.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Chapel at Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17606.  A viewing will be held at the Chapel on Sunday from 12:15 pm until the time of the service. Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park, Lancaster, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Moyer’s memory may be made to the Brethren Village Samaritan Fund, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17606.  To leave an online condolence for the family please visit: www.DeBordSnyder.com

Condolences for the family of “Doris U. Moyer”

Condolence from Linda and Rick Ross on June 10th, 2015 5:17 pm

Linda and Dan, you and your family are in our thoughts. We are so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Alexis V. Baxter on June 11th, 2015 5:27 am

I had the honor of spending time with Doris in her later years. She had such a joy for life, a kind heart, and fun sense of humor. Her love of her family was very evident. She made me realize how precious life is and each moment to be filled with joy and love. She leaves a deep void, and memories that overflow the void.

Condolence from Republican Committee of Lancaster County on June 11th, 2015 10:06 am

Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Doris will be remembered not only for becoming the first woman Chairman of the Republican Committee, but for her dedication to the Manheim Township Committee and the Republican Party.
Although we only knew this one aspect of her life, we are positive that everyone who knew her witnessed the same perseverance and commitment.
We hope that your many memories will carry you through this difficult time.
the Republican Committee of Lancaster County

Condolence from Bill and Tara on June 12th, 2015 10:18 am

Danny Linda and family,

We love you guys. Our prayers are with the Moyer family.

Love Billy Tara Jay and Olivia

Condolence from Pastor James Ritter on June 13th, 2015 6:48 pm

My wife Mary and I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing Doris and Dan during our time at Westgate. Doris helped us find a home, and Dan was a great encouragement to me in my ministry.

We all have certain people in our lives who bring a smile whenever we think of them. Dan and Doris are two of those people for me.

Condolence from Kitty Küsters on June 14th, 2015 11:13 am

Dear Moyer Family,

The loss to your family is immense this week. The Anchor to the family, your Mom and MomMom has gone to rest.
We may only have met Doris during our short visit to the United States but she has left a lasting impression on me and my family.
We wish you comfort and strength today and in the days ahead, the loss of your Mom is great but the love is never ending.

Sending Love, Loek Wetzels, Kitty Küsters, Iris and David

Condolence from The Women’s Republican Club on June 15th, 2015 11:57 am

Dear Moyer Family,

We offer your family our sincere condolences for your loss. A mother’s love is sure to be missed. May God be with you at this sad time. We appreciated your mother’s kindness, wisdom, courage and strength. Our Club’s foundation was made stronger by such a wonderful woman.

The Women’s Republican Club, Lancaster County

Condolence from Christy Meneely on June 19th, 2015 3:27 pm

My heart goes out to you, Harriet, and to your whole family. What a life filled with accomplishment your Mom lived! She was a great Mom. I always enjoyed visiting the Moyer household for sleepovers as a teenager. She gently guided us and helped us to have fun. I knew her as a woman of faith.

May our tender Lord reach out to gently touch and heal places in your hearts where no one else can reach.
Blessings and Love,
Christy Meneely

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