Mildred M. "Millie" Lykens, also known as "The Bear Lady," 89, rural Hollidaysburg, died Saturday evening at Select Specialty Hospital, Johnstown.
She was born in Centre Hall, daughter of the late William A. and Luella (Bloom) Miller. She married Andrew T. Lykens III on Dec. 1, 1945, in Cumberland, Md. Andy died Sept. 29, 2004, after sharing 58 years of marriage.
Surviving are a son, William A. and wife, Cindy, and a grandson, Brian, all of Hollidaysburg; a niece, Lenda Neely, and a grand-niece, Joleen Legory and husband, Louis, all of East Freedom; and a cousin, Phyllis Morrissy of Tyrone.
Millie attended Pine Stump, a one-room schoolhouse, in Centre Hall and graduated from Altoona High School in 1941. During WWII, she worked for Sylvania making radio tubes. She was a member of the Blair Township Citizens Advisory Committee, where she served as secretary from 1992-2002. She attended Evangelical Lutheran Church, Duncansville.
Millie enjoyed animals, especially horses, feeding the wildlife and working on the family farm.
Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Sorge Funeral Home Inc., Hollidaysburg, followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Jaime G. Olson. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Evangelical Lutheran Church, Duncansville, or the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.