In memory of
Arlene D. Primrose
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In memory of
Arlene D. Primrose
Arlene D. "Skip" Primrose, of Mechanicsburg, PA, peacefully passed away on December 1, 2018, surrounded by her family. Arlene was born in Harrisburg, PA, on May 21, 1927 (the same day Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight across the Atlantic), to the late Foster I. Dunlap and Frances A. Dunlap (Harro). She was the youngest of three daughters and would have been called Charles, if born a boy. Growing up in Harrisburg, Arlene graduated from William Penn High School and went on to earn her nursing diploma from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Lancaster, PA, Class of 1949. She continued her nursing career as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Polyclinic Hospital and Lebanon VA. On May 1, 1954, while stationed at Craig Air Force Base, Selma Alabama, she married the love of her life, Robert L. Primrose, squadron commander, fighter pilot and instructor. She was widowed in 1964, when Major Primrose, a U-2 Reconnaissance pilot, died in a U-2 crash in Tucson, Arizona. Arlene became a member of the Gold Star Wives. In addition to her parents and husband, Arlene was predeceased by her two sisters, Norma Cummer and Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Wevodau. She is survived by her four children, Susan K. Shatto (Dennis), Robert L. Primrose (Ann), Mary K. Primrose and John F. Primrose (Sandi), her grandchildren, Sarah L. Keller (Dan), Leigh Ann Devlin (Paul), Eleanor Mithun, Lars Johnson (Jess) and Misty Burnheimer and one great-granddaughter, Holly Devlin. Arlene loved her rescued pets, family time, gardening, music, the beach and watching Tiger Woods. We will always remember her infectious laughter, and a smile that could light up a room. A Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 310 Hertzler Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, with the Reverend Monsignor William J. King as celebrant. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at the Church. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Central PA, the Juvenile Diabetes Society or your local ASPCA. www.pennlive.com/obits
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310 Hertzler Rd
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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In memory of
Arlene D. Primrose
Arlene D. "Skip" Primrose, of Mechanicsburg, PA, peacefully passed away on December 1, 2018, surrounded by her family. Arlene was born in Harrisburg, PA, on May 21, 1927 (the same day Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight across the Atlantic), to the late Foster I. Dunlap and Frances A. Dunlap (Harro). She was the youngest of three daughters and would have been called Charles, if born a boy. Growing up in Harrisburg, Arlene graduated from William Penn High School and went on to earn her nursing diploma from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Lancaster, PA, Class of 1949. She continued her nursing career as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Polyclinic Hospital and Lebanon VA. On May 1, 1954, while stationed at Craig Air Force Base, Selma Alabama, she married the love of her life, Robert L. Primrose, squadron commander, fighter pilot and instructor. She was widowed in 1964, when Major Primrose, a U-2 Reconnaissance pilot, died in a U-2 crash in Tucson, Arizona. Arlene became a member of the Gold Star Wives. In addition to her parents and husband, Arlene was predeceased by her two sisters, Norma Cummer and Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Wevodau. She is survived by her four children, Susan K. Shatto (Dennis), Robert L. Primrose (Ann), Mary K. Primrose and John F. Primrose (Sandi), her grandchildren, Sarah L. Keller (Dan), Leigh Ann Devlin (Paul), Eleanor Mithun, Lars Johnson (Jess) and Misty Burnheimer and one great-granddaughter, Holly Devlin. Arlene loved her rescued pets, family time, gardening, music, the beach and watching Tiger Woods. We will always remember her infectious laughter, and a smile that could light up a room. A Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 310 Hertzler Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, with the Reverend Monsignor William J. King as celebrant. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at the Church. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Central PA, the Juvenile Diabetes Society or your local ASPCA. www.pennlive.com/obits
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