Vernon Neil Parker
Vernon Neil Parker, 46, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on July 5, 2021 at home.
He was the loving husband to Dawn Parker.
Born on September 15, 1974 in Alaska, he was the son to Pamela Rowe and step-father Terry Walker.
Along with his wife, mother and step-father, Vern is survived by his children; Thomas, Vernon, Jr., Taylor, Dale, Rachel, Jayla, Brittney, Allie, three sisters; Teriann Walker, Spring Parker, Jessica Parker, eight grandchildren; Riley, John, Kyle, Kylie, Christian, Bryson, Braylee, Caydence and one niece; Aria.
The family will be receiving friends at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, on Tuesday, July 13th from 11:00-1:00 PM, with a memorial service to begin around noon.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the gofundme memorial page that has been created to help the family with funeral costs.
April Lynn Parker
April Lynn Parker, 47, of Frederick, MD, passed away on July 6, 2021.She was the loving wife and best friend to Tony Parker.Born on December 9, 1973 in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Robert Eugene and Patricia Lane Yokley.Along with her husband and mother, April is survived by her brother; Robert Yokley, her sister; Laura Etchison, one step-daughter; Stephanie Burch and one grandchild; Alyssia Burch.She was preceded in death by one sister-in-law; Shelly Yokley and one brother-in-law; Sean Etchison.April loved to travel to the beach, watch lifetime movies and reality TV and always held a special place for animals, especially her cats. April was full of life and a true angel.The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 10:00AM-11:00AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838, where a service will follow at 11:00AM. Graveside service will be held immediately after at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Frederick County Humane Society.
Barbara Jean Eldridge
Barbara Jean Eldridge (née Nacnodovitz), was born in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on August 30, 1947 into a boisterous extended Polish-American family (including parents Jean and Walter Nacnodovitz and brother Walter Jr.). Growing up in multicultural North Bergen, NJ, she enjoyed sports, made easy friends with people from diverse backgrounds, and was the first to graduate from college in her family - working her way through undergraduate (Jersey City State College) and graduate (New York University) degrees while holding down jobs, taking care of her family, and commuting by bus.
A proud baby boomer with a keen sense of fairness, Barbara Jean earnestly participated in the socio-cultural movements of the 1960s and 70s: against the war in Vietnam and in support of civil rights and gender equality. In later years she spoke out in support of LGBTQ+ rights and systemic racism - she always felt drawn to defend those abused, disenfranchised, or exploited by others and inspired her two children to pursue careers in social work and international development.
She worked at the United Nations before going into a long career as a college advisor for Vietnam veterans at Jersey City State College. An adventurous and fearless traveler, Barbara Jean met her match, Robert Fales Eldridge, in 1984 while traveling in Peru. Not long thereafter, the two married and moved together to Montgomery County, MD, eventually settling in bucolic Boyds, MD.
Barbara Jean often said that she was born to be a mother and accordingly devoted her heart and her mind to her children, Sara Jean, and Matthew Robert. She encouraged their interests, challenged them to reach far, and showed unconditional and unfailing love and support. She gave the best hugs, the warmest smiles, and always knew the right thing to say. While a practicing Catholic herself, she was not afraid to critique the church and encouraged her children to follow their own hearts on faith.
An avid reader who could go through several books a day, she was passionately interested in history (particularly the Civil War and British royalty) and murder mysteries. She had a remarkable knack for striking up conversations with anyone she met, always stood up for herself and others, and cooked an impressive Polish feast every Christmas.
She had an enviable flair for dramatism and silliness - imbuing the home with a joyful and dynamic spirit - and enjoyed visiting national parks, Civil War battlefields, scenic wineries, historic bed and breakfasts, and, above all else, the coast, particularly the rocky, windswept shores of Maine and Nova Scotia.
She passed away on July 9, 2021 and was survived by her husband and children.
Marsha Ella Souder
Marsha Ella Souder, 84, of Lusby, MD, passed away on July 16, 2021.
She was the loving wife to the late James W. Souder.
Born on April 1, 1937 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Stuart Southworth and Mildred Carolina (Kalns) Bennett.
Marsha is survived by her two sons; James “Jamie” B. Souder of Bethesda, MD, Craig W. Souder, wife, Trish, of Poolesville, MD and two grandchildren; Benjamin of New York City and Megan of Poolesville.
She was preceded in death by her two sisters; Joan Carolina Long and Audrey Bennett Hink.
Marsha will be laid to rest with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Alzheimer's Association.
Mary Jane Harris Charuhas
Mary Jane Harris Charuhas, 97, most recently of Life in the Country of Brunswick MD, passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021. She was the wife of the late Charles J. Charuhas for 59 years.
Born January 12, 1924, in Rochester NY, Mary was the daughter of Joseph S. and Rose Alma Blaine Harris.
Mary attended school at McKinley Tech in Washington DC. She trained and worked as a hairstylist at her own salon in DC prior to moving to Willets Salon in Silver Spring, MD. During WW2, Mary worked for the War Department as a General’s secretary. She spent much of her free time golfing well into her 70’s with Honey, Elaine, and Janet at the UMD golf course. Mary enjoyed team bowling and traveled extensively with her brother, Billy. She also loved vacationing at the beach with her sister, Millie and family. Mary spent many Saturdays hunting yard sales and antique shops with Honey and Muggs, her reliable navigator.
Mary is survived by three children; Rosemary and Mike Alexander of Mount Airy, MD, Joseph and Diane Charuhas of Montgomery Village, MD, and James and Laura Charuhas of Frederick, MD; seven grandchildren, Muggs and Kory (Danielle) Alexander, Tara and Tyler (Julie) Charuhas, and Mary (Will Potter), Brendan, and Georgia Charuhas; great grandchildren, Addison, Cora, Maren, and Luiza. Mary was always close to cherished nieces, Joan Sullivan and Donna Xander.
Mary was predeceased by sister Millie Xander and brother Joseph “Billy” Harris.
The family would like to thank Michelle and Megan of Hospice of Frederick County as well as the staff at Life In The Country of Brunswick, MD for their excellent care and compassion.
Viewing will be at 10 am, Thursday July 22, 2021 followed by a funeral mass at 11 am at St, John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 118 East 2nd Street, Frederick, MD 21701. A light lunch will be served at the church following interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Patricia Jane Offutt Smallwood
Patricia “Patsy” Jane Offutt Smallwood, 75, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on July 30, 2021.
Born on May 12, 1946 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Charles Elmore and Elsie Catherine (Lusher) Offutt.
Patsy is survived by her three sons; Christopher Smallwood, wife, Jennifer, Michael Smallwood, John Smallwood, wife, Lesly and two granddaughters; Jane and Lucy Smallwood.
Patsy grew up on her family's farm in Potomac. She attended Holton Arms School. Growing up she began her love and passion for animals. She grew up showing and competing her horses. Her passion and love for animals continued throughout her life. Her love for horses was always known by talking to her, and everyone got to know her "Grand Horse." She would always share with everyone she met pictures of her Grandchildren and her "Grand Horse" everywhere she went with a smile. She was very proud of the accomplishments of her three boys and expressed that to everyone that came into her life.
Patsy was a member of the Garden Club and the Montgomery County 4-H.
The family will be receiving friends on August 4th from 10:00-11:00 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A funeral service is to begin at 11:00 AM with a graveside to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.
Robert Lee Burdette, Sr.
Robert Lee Burdette, Sr., 86, of Dickerson, MD, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2021 while watching old westerns in his country clubhouse on the farm.
He was born on March 12, 1935 in Boyds, MD, and was the son to the late Orin Foster, Sr., and Margaret (Redmond) Burdette. He was a loving husband to Sharon Burdette. A caring Dad to ten children and Pappy to 23 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and he was known as Bob to his friends.
Bob held many jobs over the years including Montgomery County Road Department Supervisor & Worker, Beekeeper, Newspaper delivery, Pig Roaster, Hydroseeding, Fireman, Bartender, and Bulldozer driver. But he really found his passion in farming. He loved spending time on the farm, working the fields and tending to the animals. He never told us how to live, he just showed us. He worked from dusk till dawn and his hands were always calloused and tough from the day’s work. He would greet everyone with his mischievous grin and the twinkle in his eye looking as though he was up to something. He enjoyed working with his children and grandchildren on the farm, bailing hay, going to farm sales, and helping each other work on equipment. He especially enjoyed his chauffeured rides with Cory. He always made time to visit with his friends and family. Many also stopped by to visit him at “The Country Clubhouse” on the farm.
Along with his wife Sharon, Bob was survived by his children; Donna Lee Kennedy, Connie Webb, Anna Parks Onsted, Sherry Randles, Bruce Savage, Leroy Savage, Kevin Savage, Nicole Jones, Kathleen Savage, two sisters; Bertha Poole, Linda Roberts, two brothers; Donald and Darby Burdette, 23 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren
Robert was preceded in death by one son; Robert Lee Burdette, Jr. and three brothers; Jim, John, and Elvin Burdette.
The family will be receiving friends at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, on Thursday, August 5th from 10:00 AM-Noon, with a funeral service to begin at noon. Interment will follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W. Hunter Road, Beallsville, MD.
If you prefer a donation in lieu of flowers the family asks that they be made in his memory to Farmaid.org