Lydia Henrietta Gelker, 95, and a resident of Liberty, MO, passed away on Thursday Oct.2, 2014. Lydia was born January 29, 1919 to Henry William and Emilie Marie (Lebowsky) Gelker. Surviving is her only sibling, Esther VanDyck age 99, of Hart, MI.
Although Lydia was never married nor had any children, she enjoyed her early career days giving her the opportunity to travel. Lydia was Ships Cook for several years with the U.S. Coast Guard through April 1946. She then worked for TWA which allowed her to live in New York, San Francisco, and Kansas City, MO. until her retirement. Lydia was co-owner of the Bookenders bookstore in both Weston, MO and Platte City, MO for many years thereafter with her dear friend Flora Crawford.
A Committal Service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS. Memories and condolences of Lydia can be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com