Laura L. Stauffer, a retired railroad assistant purchasing agent and longtime West University Parkway resident, died Saturday of complications from a broken hip at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 91.
Laura Lyons was born and raised in Chaneyville, Calvert County, the daughter of a tobacco farmer.
She was a graduate of Anne Arundel County's Southern High School and completed secretarial training at Eaton and Burnett Business College in Baltimore.
In 1944, Mrs. Stauffer began her career as a stenographer with the Western Maryland Railway in Baltimore, and later worked for the C&O;/B&O; Railroad and successors Chessie System and CSX.
For the last eight years of her career before retiring in 1977, she was an assistant purchasing agent dealing in petroleum products.
"She was proud of having been the first woman promoted to such work in CSX and its predecessors and, possibly, in the U.S.," said nephew Lowell E. Sunderland, a retired Sun editor who lives in Columbia.
A resident of the Carlyle Apartments for more than 40 years, Mrs. Stauffer worked summers after her retirement as an activities director at the Tides Inn in Irvington, Va. She organized events and narrated daily tour boat tours of the Northern Neck backwaters.
Mrs. Stauffer had enjoyed playing golf and traveling by train with her husband of 25 years, William L. Stauffer, a Western Maryland Railway employee who died in 1974.
Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Lorraine Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, 5608 Dogwood Road.
Also surviving are two other nephews, William S. Lyons of Baltimore and James H. Lyons Jr. of Urbana, Ill., and a niece, Lydia L. Iddings of Cockeysville.