Mary Lankau Kimble of Riverhead died May 9 at the Good Shepherd Hospice Center in Port Jefferson. She was 93 and had been under hospice care at home before being transferred to the center. She died of natural causes.
Born March 14, 1917, in Sag Harbor to Floyd and Margaret (McLane) Mott, she moved with her family to Riverhead when she was a teenager. She graduated from Riverhead High School and worked as a telephone operator in Riverhead before moving to Rockland County with her husband, Albert Lankau, who also worked for the telephone company.
When her husband died in 1946, she moved back to Riverhead to raise her five children closer to her family. In 1972, she married Warren Kimble of Riverhead, who died in 1979.
Mrs. Kimble was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at St. Johns R. C. Church in Riverhead. She enjoyed reading and regularly played cards with her friends, according to her family.
She is survived by her children, Mary Huggins of Bay Shore, Irene Alexander of Jamesport, Albert, of South Setauket, Patrick, of Shoreham, and Michael, of Center Moriches; her sister, Barbara Burroughs of Manassas, Va.; her brother, Floyd Mott of Miller Place; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead, where visiting hours were held May 11. Funeral services were conducted May 12 by the Rev. Robert Kuznik at St. Isidore R. C. Church in Riverhead. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery, where Mr. Kimble, a World War II Army veteran, is buried.
Donations may be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice, 245 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747.