Remembering Lois Haddon, matriarch of SBC

LOIS_HADDON_CROPPED NORTHUMBERLAND — Many people  are remembering Lois Haddon as a woman who loved her family and her community.  Haddon, of Northumberland, passed away Sunday.

Vice President of Community Relations and Chief Development Officer at Evangelical Community Hospital, Tami Radecke, remembers Haddon as a great volunteer.  “Knowing her here at Evan, she has been a donor and a friend.  We will certainly miss her.”  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Haddon’s memory may be made to Evangelical Hospice.  “I know that Evan Hospice was with her these last few months,” says Radecke.  “We are just very very honored that the family chose the hospice for memorial contributions.”

Anne Rebuck of Sunbury has been a longtime friend.  “We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun.  She was really like a sister to me.  I’ll always remember her with a joyful feeling because even when she was very sick, she never lost that sense of humor.”

Haddon, died at the age of 87 at Nottingham Village in Northumberland.  She was born December 13th, 1925, in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, to the late Charlotte (Winters) and Clayton Moore.  As a young girl, she was raised by Mr. and Mrs. William B. Waples, of Northumberland, who eventually adopted her as a teenager.  In 1948, she married Attorney Roger S. Haddon, Sr., who passed away in 2004.

A 1943 graduate of Northumberland High School, she earned a degree from the Geisinger School of Nursing.   She began her nursing career at, what was then known as, Geisinger Memorial Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania.   She would later work in the Northumberland office of Dr. John Deardorff.

For many years since, Haddon volunteered with the Sunbury chapters of The American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels.  She was a long-time member and officer of The Mary Derr Rockefeller Auxiliary of Sunbury Community Hospital and was a past chairman of The Love ‘N’ Care Street Fair.  She also taught Sunday School and served on numerous committees of Christ United Methodist Church in Northumberland, where she was a 75-year member.

Since the passing of her husband in 2004, she has served as board chair for Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, which operates five radio stations including Newsradio 1070 WKOK and 94KX.  The Haddon Family has owned and operated the radio stations since 1933, making it the oldest family-owned radio company in Pennsylvania.  Haddon was an avid bridge-player and loved flowers and gardening.  She belonged to various bridge clubs and The Susquehanna Valley Garden Club.

In the days and weeks prior to her passing, she was surrounded by her four children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Her children were with her at the time of her passing.  She is survived by her four children, Pamela H. Ford of State College, Pennsylvania, Sybil H. Snee of Ashburn, Virginia, Hilary H. Albright and husband, David, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Roger S. Haddon, Jr. and wife, Denise, of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania; and by 11 grandchildren including Anne Behler of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Emily Ford of Falls Church, Virginia, Christopher Snee of Seattle, Washington, Zachary Snee of Chicago, Illinois, Molly Snee of Brooklyn, New York, Jacob Albright of Alexandria, Virginia, Isaac Albright of Nashville, Tennessee, Ariel Albright of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Sam, Jillian and Blake Haddon of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.  She is also survived by two great-grandchildren and a sister, Nancy Martin, of Warwick, New York.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Richard Moore.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Haddon’s memory may be made to Evangelical Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA, 17837, or to the charity of the donors’ choice.  Funeral arrangements will be announced by The Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King Street, in Northumberland.

 

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