Ethel M. Yingling

The Volunteer Aided Many Programs, Including The Carroll Hospital Center And Carroll Lutheran Village

July 19, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

Ethel M. Yingling, a longtime volunteer whose efforts led to the building of the Carroll Hospital Center and Carroll Lutheran Village, died in her sleep Monday at the Mays Chapel Ridge assisted-living facility in Timonium. She was 96.

Ethel M. Abbott was born and raised on her family's farm in Finksburg. She attended Carroll County public schools.

She was married in 1933 to David G. Yingling Sr., who was a co-owner of Yingling Bros., a Union Bridge meat-packing firm and purveyor. He died in 1987.

She began volunteering in the 1940s for numerous Carroll County charitable organizations and continued this work until the early 1990s.

Mrs. Yingling volunteered with the Carroll County Tuberculosis and Health Association, Red Cross Blood Bank, Carroll County Mental Health Association, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

For years, she organized and headed an annual Christmas drive that collected toys for developmentally disabled children.

"It has been said that she was one of the most prodigious workers that these organizations had ever known," said her son, David G. Yingling Jr., a retired Baltimore County public school administrator and Timonium resident.

"She loved helping others, especially the poor, and was always willing to give a helping hand to those in need," he said.

In the 1950s, when plans for Carroll County General Hospital, now Carroll Hospital Center, began to circulate, Mrs. Yingling immediately joined the effort to make it a reality.

In addition to helping raise money for the hospital that was built in Westminster, she organized its volunteer groups and was its first volunteer services coordinator.

Mrs. Yingling served on the hospital's board of directors and on its auxiliary board of directors.

During her 30 years with the hospital, Mrs. Yingling accumulated 16,890 volunteer hours.

"She is one of our remarkable ladies and is one of our top four volunteers in terms of hours," said Mary L. Richards, who is director of the hospital's volunteer services.

Erma E. Frock, of Westminster, who had served on the volunteer board and been its corresponding secretary, was an old friend.

"Ethel and I go back a long way. We actually began working together and raising funds before there was even a hospital in 1958.There are not enough words to describe her work and volunteerism," said Mrs. Frock, who for years volunteered in the hospital's gift shop.

"She was a most capable woman when it came to helping people, and she never wanted one word of credit. She had a very willing heart," she said. "She could do anything, and was willing to do anything."

Mrs. Yingling ended her service to the hospital in the late 1980s as an operating room volunteer, her son said.

She was a longtime active communicant of St. Mary's Lutheran Church in Silver Run and conducted a Bible school in the 1950s in the basement of her Westminster home.

In the 1970s, when discussions began in the Lutheran conference about building a retirement and assisted-living facility in Westminster, Mrs. Yingling, once again threw herself into the effort.

Mrs. Yingling was a member of the original planning board of Carroll Lutheran Village that was incorporated in 1976 and opened four years later. Through the ensuing years, she served on numerous other committees at the retirement community.

"Mrs. Yingling was on the original start-up committee and played an instrumental role in helping get Carroll Lutheran Village started," said Hermine P. Saunders, the facility's public relations director.

Mrs. Yingling was honored for her work by Gov. Parris N. Glendening who presented her with two Governor's Citations in 1998 and 1999. She was chosen as Woman of the Year of Westminster by the Soroptimist Service Club in 1972.

Mrs. Yingling lived independently in her Washington Road home and drove until she was in her late 80s. Since 2002, she had been a resident of the Baltimore County assisted-living community.

When living in Westminster, she also attended the Church of the Open Door and was a member of the Royal Blue Sunday School Class and the Super Sixties Club. She was a member of Chapter 94 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Yingling was a gardener and an avid collector of salt and pepper shakers.

Services were Thursday.

Also surviving are a daughter, Garafiela A. Sandusky of Towson; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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