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A memorial service for H. Lucile Kepner will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 7 in West Somerset Baptist Church, 1876 Hosmer Road, Appleton.

The former Hope Eller died Aug. 14, 2000, in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda. She was 95.

She was born in Bradford, Ohio, and graduated from high school at age 16. She had worked for her grandfather, a newspaper publisher.

Mrs. Kepner attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and worked as a telephone operator.

She married Charles I. Kepner in 1930 and moved to North Tonawanda. From 1944 to 1988, she lived in Barker. Her husband died in 1992 after 62 years of marriage.

During World War II, Mrs. Kepner worked for Harrison Radiator Co. in Lockport. She sold Christian books from her home-based Nugget Gift Shop for many years.

Mrs. Kepner had been involved in church and Christian-oriented youth activities and was an active volunteer. She was affiliated with the former Bible Club Ministries, now the Bible Centered Ministries, the American Missions of Opening Churches and after-school religious education classes. In addition, she was active in the Somerset Grange.

Survivors include two sons, Charles I. Jr. of Clarence and Duane I. of El Centro, Calif.; a daughter, Joy K. McGeoch of Plainfield, Ill.; a sister, Alberta E. McBride of St. Marys, Ohio; a brother, Ned E. Eller of Columbus, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Kepner donated her body to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


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