Jennifer Margaret Stephens
Jennifer Margaret Stephens, 47, of MD passed away on November 18, 2022 in St. Augustine, FL.
Born on January 26, 1975, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Helen Louise ( Bryan) Meaney and the late Richard Allen Meaney.
Along with her Mother, Jennifer is survived by her children; Jordan McFarland, Collin McFarland, Kyle Stephens and Blake Stephens, grandchildren; Nathan and Addison McFarland, brothers and sisters; Sue Brady, Mike Petras, Donny Petras, Tommy Meaney and Lori Meaney. Jennifer is also survived by her former husbands; Calvin McFarland and Levon (Kirk) Stephens.
Richard Allen Meaney, 86, of Martinsburg WV passed away September 10, 2021,
Born on March 25, 1935 in Syracuse, New York.
Richard is survived by his wife Helen Louise (Bryan) Meaney, children; Tommy Meaney and Lori Meaney, grandchildren; Jordan McFarland, Collin McFarland, Kyle Stephens and Blake Stephens, great-grandchildren; Nathan and Addison McFarland.
Jennifer Margaret Stephens and Richard Allen Meaney will be interned side by side.
A graveside service for both will be held Monday, December 5th at 12 Noon at George Washington Cemetery, 9500 Riggs Rd, Adelphi, MD 20783.
Victor L. Morgan, Jr.
Victor L. Morgan, Jr., 79, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on November 18, 2022.
He was the loving husband to Barbara Morgan.
Born on January 19, 1943 in PA, he was the son to the late Victor Lewis, Sr. and Virginia (Sabotka) Morgan.
Along with his wife, Victor was survived by his three children; Virginia Morgan Studt, husband, Gary, Victor Lewis Morgan, III, wife, Genea, Vincent Landell Morgan, wife, Cindy, two brothers; Rodger Morgan, wife, Joan, Raymond Morgan, wife, Darcy, four grandchildren; Brittany Morgan, Kristin Morgan, Matthew Morgan, Wes Burton and numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by one sister; Marigold.
Victor Morgan will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Service date and time to be determined.
Franklin E. Ennis
Franklin Edward Ennis, Sr.,70, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away on November 22, 2022.
He was the loving husband to Bernadine Ennis.
Born on July 31, 1952, in Olney, MD, he was the son of the late John E. and Glenna (DeHart) Ennis.
Along with his wife, Franklin is survived by his two sons, Franklin (Michelle) Ennis, Jr. of Tuscarora, MD, Timothy Ennis of Dickerson, MD and one daughter Kristy Crass of Middle River, MD; two brothers, Kenneth Ennis of Gaithersburg, MD, Paul Ennis of Germantown, MD; one sister, Glenna Carter of Falling Waters, WV, eight grandchildren and 3 great grand-children.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, John Ennis and Ossie Ennis and one son-in-law, Larry Crass.
The family will be receiving friends on Sunday December 4th from 2:00-4:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A cremation will follow.
Edward Wayne Cody
Edward “Eddie” Wayne Cody (68) of Poolesville, MD passed away suddenly on November 25, 2022.
Eddie was the loving husband to Kathy Ann Cody for 50 years.
Born on March 1, 1954 in Jonesville, VA. He was the son of the late James Cody, Jr. and Emma Katherine (Miner) Curtis.
Along with his wife, Eddie is survived by his two sons; Brian Cody, wife Kristin, of Poolesville, MD and Jason Cody, wife Tiffany, of Poolesville, MD. Step-mother; Mary Lee Cody, of Jonesville, VA. Brother; Kenneth Cody, wife Judy, of Adamstown, MD. Sister in-law, Karen Williams, of Dickerson, MD. Three Precious grandsons, Brayden, Kolten and Greyson Cody, of Poolesville, MD who were his true pride and joy.
Eddie was a 1972 graduate of Poolesville High School where he played soccer and basketball, built furniture, and worked on cars. He retired from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Highway Maintenance Division, after 35 years. He was an avid softball player, loved coaching his sons in track and baseball, loved bass fishing and Bluegrass music, loved mowing lawns and landscaping. He shared himself with a lot of people if and when they needed it.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, December 1, from 6-8 pm at Hiltons Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, December 2, at Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville, MD.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eddie’s memory to Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 358, Poolesville, MD.
Loretta Quinn Brooks
Loretta Quinn Brooks, 60, of Rockville, MD, passed away on November 27, 2022.
She was the loving wife to the late Tad David Brooks.
Born on July 21, 1962 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Robert George Quinn and Rosalie Q. Kriebel of Ashburn, VA.
Along with her mother, Loretta is survived by her three children; Logan R. Brooks of Mount Airy, MD, fiancé Karleigh, Owen Q. Brooks of New York, NY, Victoria R. Brooks of Laurel, MD, two brothers; Thomas A. Quinn of Conshohocken, PA, Christopher F. Quinn of Fort Mill, SC, wife Kati, two sisters; Maria Q. James of Leesburg, VA, husband Dwayne, Stephanie Q. Sherer of Harleysville, PA, husband Marc and 8 nieces and nephews.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday, December 9th from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Saint Paul Catholic Church , 9240 Damascus Road, Damascus, MD 20872 where a Funeral Mass led by Monsignor Edward Filardi will follow at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Loretta’s honor to The National Brain Tumor Society, https://nbtsevents.braintumor.org/LQBrooks.
Audrey M. Prichard
Audrey M. Prichard, 93, died peacefully in her sleep on November 2, 2021.
Born March 13, 1928, Audrey was the only child of the late Roy and Verna Mowen of Hagerstown, MD.
She attended the University of Maryland and as lead cheerleader for the Maryland Terrapins basketball team, Audrey met her future husband Walter M. Prichard, #94, who played forward for the Terps. Audrey was a Kappa Delta sorority member and Walter was an Alpha Tau Omega fraternity member. They both were dedicated UMD alumni. Recently, Audrey and Walter celebrated 71 years of marriage.
Audrey is survived by her husband; Walter, and three of their four children: Greg (Sam), Keith (Sandy), and Beth, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A daughter, Jane, died in 1986.
Audrey cherished her family and numerous friends, and with Walter, hosted many holiday events, annual picnics, and parties at their farm on Peach Tree Road. Audrey commemorated each grandchild’s college graduation or significant life event with a trip abroad. Neighbors regularly stopped by for a visit to the farm and enjoyed a cup of coffee and Audrey’s home cooked treats. No one was ever permitted to leave her kitchen hungry! Over the years with Walter, Audrey attended most Barnesville events (and planned many of them) including the Stronghold Cotillions and the town’s festive Bi-Partisan Inaugural Balls. One of her favorite duties was walking the hounds for the Potomac Hunt Club.
Audrey was a respected leader in many local clubs, including the Maryland Rural Republican Club, Sugarloaf Riding Club, and the Monocacy Garden Club. She enthusiastically participated in many other clubs and activities, including book club and exercise club with long-time friends and those newer to the community.
A private family service will be held on Saturday, November 6th. Following the service, the family welcomes friends to celebrate Audrey’s life at a reception from 1:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m., at the Potomac Hunt Club, 21315 Peachtree Road, Dickerson, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution be made to Brookside Gardens (via the Montgomery County Parks Foundation. Please note Brookside Gardens on the donation).
James Upton Spring
James Upton Spring, 89, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on November 3, 2021.
Born on October 23, 1932 in Boyds, MD, he was the son to the late Rupert W. and Mamie C. (Alexander) Spring.
James was survived by one son; Jerry Spring, one sister; Gloria Duvall, three grandchildren; Jason Spring, Jessica (Spring) Howell, husband, Carl, Timothy Spring, wife, Nicole and four great-grandchildren; Madelyn, Everett, Cayden and Mason Howell.
Services for James will be private. He will be laid to rest at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.
Steven L. Roberson
Steven Leonard Roberson, 67, of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on November 10, 2021.
Born on October 27, 1954, in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Leonard Howard and Trannie Mae (Jarrett) Roberson.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Alan Richard Roberson. Steve is survived by his mother, Trannie Mae Roberson, his brother Milton Roberson, two sisters, Susan Smith and Judy Roberson, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was known as “Uncle Steve” to the youngest of the grands, Brianna, Zuly, and Matthew.
His longtime Friends called him “Big Steve” and enjoyed Saturday night card games, trips to Nags Head, and Poker night with his crew.
Steve graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1973. He worked at Evans Distributors in Rockville until they closed; in the early 1980’s he worked for Frankie Condon’s Italian Restaurant in Rockville and learned to make sauce and a pretty good meatball. From 1983 to 2003, he worked at International Business Printers (IBP) and donated his time to print charity jobs for a Mission agency. In 2003 he joined his sister, Judy, as co-owner of Business Insurance Solutions, Inc., until his death. Steve was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of America (IIAA).
The family will be receiving friends at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, on Wednesday, November 17th from 6:00-8:00 PM and Thursday, November 18th from 10:00AM-11:00AM. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 18th at Hilton Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to The American Cancer Society or Wheaton Moose Lodge #1775 (Bel Pre Rd).
Mr. Larry Andrew King
Mr. Larry Andrew King, 82, of Dickerson, MD passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Larry was born to Andrew W. and Dorothy E. King in Laytonsville, MD on May 18, 1939. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of sixty five years, Dorothy Anne King, two daughters, Linda A. Dean and her husband Bill of Virginia Beach, VA and Laurie A. McKinley and her husband Richard of Poolesville, MD, two grandsons Christopher A. Lewis and his wife Jennifer of Frederick, MD and Aaron T. Dean of Chicago, IL and one great grand-daughter Lucy Lewis. Larry is also survived by two sisters Elva Figuracion and Pat Spies of Colonial Beach, VA and one brother, Thomas King and his wife Betty of Adamstown, MD.
Larry worked proudly as a dairy farmer in Dickerson, MD for sixty one years, working fifty five of those years for his dear friends Harry and Fannie Ensor of Maryland Hopewell Farms near Sugarloaf Mountain. Larry took great pride in caring for the herd and managing the dairy operations of the farm, demonstrating a level of compassion, commitment and humility that serves as an example to his community and all who knew him.
Gracious and generous to everyone, Larry established long lasting and impactful relationships in his community and with his extended family. His values, influence and compassion endures with all who grew up in his presence. While we mourn our loss, we are forever grateful for the impact of his life and the many “days to remember” he gave us.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD. A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville, MD 20837, the Pastor Tim Dowell presiding. A graveside service will follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.
Dr. Thomas E. Nightingale
Dr. Thomas E. Nightingale, 87, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on November 26, 2021.
Born on August 20, 1934 in Omaha, Nebraska, he was the son to Homer and Kathryn Ellen (Condon) Nightingale. Tom was preceded in death by his late wife, Maggie Nightingale.
Tom was survived by his children; Catherine Keller, Dennis Nightingale, Tish Brownlee, two brothers; Joe Nightingale, Donn Nightingale and eight grandchildren; Gillian, Madison, Cate, Hyatt, Lance, Laine, Maggie and Emily.
Tom was a proud veteran of the Army’s 17th Infantry Regiment where he served as a combat medic in the Korean War. During his years of service, he earned the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. After serving his time on the Army, Tom went on to earn his Phd from Kansas State University. He worked in medical research industry and retired from the National Institutes of Health. He was also the owner of Nightingale Decorating, Inc .
Tom’s final resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to a charity of your choice.
Tyler A. Parise
Tyler Alexander Parise, 26, of Germantown, MD, suddenly passed away on November 8, 2020 at home.
Born on February 11, 1994 at Shady Grove Hospital, he was the beloved son of Michael and Cindy Parise. Tyler was a lifelong resident of Germantown.
Along with his parents, Tyler is survived by his two brothers; Gabriel and Johnny and one sister; Nicole.
He was preceded in death by his brother Michael.
Tyler was a proud member of the King of the Nations Church in Rockville. He always enjoyed looking forward to the spirit of family gatherings. Tyler spent days composing music lyrics “which meant everything.” He was an avid sports player all through his youth, “hacky in the hallway” and excelled in basketball. Go Auburn! He loved his Jada.
Tyler’s greatest passion in life was the horse racing industry. Tyler had total respect for the game and his lifelong dream was to make his mark there.
He was known as the “The Bicer”or “Bier” as a child to “Tice” or “Dolph” as a man.
He will always be with us.
The family will receive friends on Monday, November 23rd from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111
Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. The interment will be private.
Robert Allen Cline
Robert (Bob) Allen Cline, 67, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on November 16, 2020 at home.
He was the loving husband to Carolyn Cline.
Born on January 9, 1953 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Walter and Jean E. (Stokes) Cline.
A forty year employee of National Geographic Society, he retired as Vice President of General Services and Facilities. He was a dedicated member of Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church serving as a Trustee for many years.
Along with his wife, Robert is survived by their three children; Lynda Sweet and husband Benjamin, Deborah Stewart and husband Jason, William Cline and wife Sara; one brother, Kenneth W. Cline and six grandchildren, Logan and Emily Sweet, Aiden, Mia and Weston Stewart and Emma Cline.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 358, Poolesville, MD 20837.
Elizabeth Nancy Whisman Smith
Elizabeth Nancy Whisman Smith, 88, of Martinsburg, WV, passed away on November 22, 2020.
Born in Virginia, she was the daughter to the late Frank William and Annie L. Harrison Whisman.
Elizabeth is survived by her children; Edward Betson, wife Elaine of Culpeper, VA, Ronald Betson, wife Sue of Darnestown, MD, Russell Betson, wife Peggy from Texas, James R. Smith, wife Carol of Damascus, MD and Del Smith of Martinsburg, WV.
She was preceded in death by her daughter; Elizabeth A Betson.
Services are private.
Helen A. Sexton
Helen A. Sexton, 76 of Gaithersburg, MD passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at her home, with her loving family by her side.
She was born on March 1, 1944 in Buffalo, NY to the late Thomas E. and Ruth E. (Weinheimer) Greenman. She was raised in the town of North East, Pennsylvania and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she studied early childhood education and met her loving husband of fifty-five years, Timothy J. Sexton.
During the first couple years of marriage, she served as an Army military officer’s wife at one point stationed in Oahu, Hawaii, and she was a caring and loving mother of their two daughters. Her husband served two tours in Vietnam. After military service, they settled in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Helen spent a few years working in the designer clothing and shoe departments of Bloomingdales and other retail establishments. After raising her daughters, she attended Washington Bible College and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biblical Studies in 1995.
With a heart to serve the Lord and help others, Helen was an active Member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, involved in volunteer work for years. She served as a Lay Leader, and was Chair of the Evangelism Committee that included leading the church’s Caring Visitor program at Asbury Methodist Village and establishing the transportation ministry between Asbury Methodist Village and Grace United Methodist Church. She loved working with the youth, and taught the Middle High Sunday School class with her husband for a number of years, as well as the Confirmation Class. She was also involved in the music ministry participating in the church’s Praise Band.
Helen loved spending time with her family, including her three grandchildren who she loved dearly. She is survived by her husband, Timothy J. Sexton; two daughters, Maureen McGee and her husband Paul, of Urbana, and Lorraine Sexton of Gaithersburg; and three grandchildren, Ben McGee and his wife Beca of Frederick, Tim McGee and his fiance’ Maria Nadal of Rockville, and Jonathan McGee of Gaithersburg. In addition, she is survived by three brothers and two sisters, Thomas Earl Greenman, Jr. (Nancy) of St. Louis, Missouri, Robert Harold Greenman (Cynthia) of Cincinnati, Ohio, William Ralph Greenman (Linda) of Lockport, New York, Leonora Ruth Brannon of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, and Linda Jean Mazza (Anthony) of North East, Pennsylvania.
A private family service for immediate family members will be held on Saturday, November 28th at Hilton Funeral Home in Barnesville, MD. The service will be officiated by Pastor James Miller of Grace United Methodist Church. Due to COVID, a Memorial service open to extended family members and friends will be postponed until the Spring/ Summer 2021.
Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church - Youth Ministries, 119 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Donations may be made by check, or online through the church website. The following is a link to the website graceumc.org. Select “Give” from the menu at the top of the website, and then click “Give Online”. Use the drop down menu to select the fund “Memorials”. Use the drop down menu to select the sub fund “Youth Ministries in memory of Helen Sexton”
Mr. Otis Burdette, 73, of Hagerstown, Maryland passed away at the Meritus Medical Center on Tuesday, November 24th.
He was born in Frederick, Maryland on April 28, 1947 and was the son of the late John R. Burdette and Helen I. Burdette.
Otis retired from Ryder Trucking after many years and was currently working part-time at Windmill Acres Inc.. He was an avid bowler and was in three leagues at Turner's Dual Lanes in Hagerstown. He was proud of his many trophies and several perfect games.
He is survived by and will be deeply missed by his daughter, Juilianne Klasinski of Lakewood, WA, his son, Stephen Klasinski of Olympia, WA, his brother, Russell Burdette and wife, Carole of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, his 5 grandchildren and his 8 great-grandchildren.
He will be remembered by his additional family that loved him, Christopher Burdette, Jonathan Burdette, Adam Burdette and Katie Burdette.
Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to; The American Diabetes Association. Please see Otis Burdette’s page at hiltonfh.com for more information on donating directly to his memory.
Gayle B. Poe
Gayle B. Poe, 86, of Warrenton, VA, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2020.
She was the beloved wife of 63 years to Robert Poe.
Born on July 9, 1934 in Olney, MD, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Lucille (Scott) Barnes.
Gayle grew up in Olney and graduated from Sherwood High School.
Surviving alongside her husband, are two sons, Scott Poe of Nokesville, VA, Tim Poe of Bethel Park, PA; one brother, Daniel Barnes of Woodbine, MD and 7 grandchildren.
Gayle was preceded in death by Steven Poe (son), John Barnes (brother) and, Michael Poe (grandson).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM, on Saturday December 5th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, MD.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Proper COVID protocol will be observed.
Laura Amy Morrow
Laura Amy Morrow, 65, of Poolesville, Md., passed away peacefully on Nov. 30, 2020, at home.
She was the loving wife and best friend to the late William Morrow, Jr.
Born on July 13, 1955, in Asheville, N.C., she was the daughter to the late William David and Rebecca Jane (Warthen) Holder.
For Amy, family was the most important thing in her life, beginning with her devotion to her late husband Bill. She loved spending time with and spoiling her grandchildren, and few things made her happier than gathering her children and grandchildren at her house for family birthdays and holiday celebrations.
Amy is survived by her three children: Adrienne Morrow; William Morrow III and wife Melissa Sander; and Margaret Swensen and husband Eric. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Kyle Johnson, Katie Morrow, Caroline Johnson, Quinn Morrow and Stella Swensen. Additionally, Amy is survived by her first cousin, best friend and occasional partner in crime Laura Jean Lambert.
She was preceded in death by one sister and five brothers.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the ASPCA.
Richard (Dick) T. Twigger
Richard (Dick) T. Twigger, 84, of Poolesville, MD, died on November 3, 2019.
He was the husband of Judith A. Twigger.
Richard served his country in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper and was a firefighter for the District of Columbia reaching the rank of captain.
Surviving besides his wife is one daughter, Lynda T. D’Amelio and husband Peter of Poolesville; one brother, Harry Twigger; one sister, Mary Lou Berger of Poolesville and 3 grandchildren, Jami, Ryan and Sam D’Amelio.
He was preceded in death by one son, Richard S. Twigger, two brothers Gilbert and John Twigger and two sisters, Helen Twigger and Virgin Posa.
Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday November 6 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon, on Thursday, November 7, at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 17230 Tom Fox Avenue, Poolesville, MD 20837.
Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Barnesville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org)
Bruce John Wooden
Bruce John Wooden, 88, of Dickerson, Maryland passed away peacefully at home on November 4, 2019, after a near five-year battle with esophageal cancer.
Bruce John Wooden was born in Riverside, Illinois in 1931. He was the second of three sons of Howard F. Wooden and Lucille V. Wooden. He and his older brother Neal and younger brother David spent their time growing up during the Depression playing games, sports, hunting and fishing. They learned much from their father who was skilled with his hands and each of the boys shared his passion. They also became proficient in fixing anything and everything that broke or needed repair. They all were inseparable especially Bruce and David who spent much time together over the last 87 years, that continued until Bruce’s death. Bruce and David were not only Brothers, but the best of friends.
Bruce dedicated his life to Service. He especially excelled in academics. Shortly after graduating High School he was accepted into the US Navy and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) which is high acclaimed for its engineering studies. He was a member of Theta Chi. In 1950, due to his academic excellence at RPI, Bruce received a full-ride scholarship to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. During his tenure at the Naval Academy, he became a Sailing Master and participated in Wrestling and the Radio Club. In 1954, Bruce graduated as the first engineering officer in the Academy. In 1956, Bruce was accepted a scholarship into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There he studied Naval Engineering, Naval Architecture and Nuclear Physics. Bruce was active and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma XI and SNAME. In 1959, he graduated first in his class with Master of Science Degrees in Engineering and Mathematics. He additionally received the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Student Honor Prize in recognition of his academic excellence. Bruce served over 16 years in the US Navy. In 1967, he was honorably discharged at the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LTCR).
In 1958 while studying at MIT, Bruce met and married his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara Jean Wooden. Together they had three children, Cynthia Jean, Howard Harold and Carole Ruth Wooden. Bruce and the family settled in the Washington DC area where he and Barbara have remained. During his lifetime and after his retirement from the US Navy he entered into the private sector and continued to focus on his passion for engineering and academics. Throughout his career, he directed multiple engineering projects as a team leader, inspector, consultant and executive with a focus on marine technologies. He was innovative, which resulted in many new discoveries that have become standards in the DOD industry.
In 1973, Bruce and the family moved to Dickerson, Maryland and embraced a new life of living in the country. Seven Springs Farm became a passion for Bruce, where he dedicated his spare time to farming and raising livestock and horses. Bruce, Barbara and the children all became avid horseback riders and spent time showing Arabian Horses participating in the Sugarloaf Riding Club. He also raised cattle and thoroughly enjoyed planting corn, soybeans, and on occasion a field full of sunflowers! Bruce spent many hours on the tractors keeping the farm operating up until his death. He was the happiest when he was busy and the farm created many projects over the years which enabled him to use many of the skills passed onto him by his father. Bruce and Barbara enjoyed sharing the farm with many people. Over the years many have enjoyed visiting and living on the farm and have become an extended part of the Wooden Family. He planted and harvested many Sunflowers on the farm and people would come from miles to witness natures beauty. He also planted pumpkins and family, friends and guests would come and enjoy hunting for the perfect one for their doorstep or confection during the holiday season. Bruce walked the farm everyday with Barbara and their sidekick Gracie, a female Golden Retriever. He always stayed active up to his last day and never once complained or voiced regrets of missed opportunities. He lived every day to its fullest and created a legacy for all to remember.
Bruce was proud of his life dedicated to service. He was wise beyond words, he was dedicated to his family and his Country, he gave more than he ever received to those around him and to people who needed it more, helped anyone who needed it and lived as a true gentleman his entire life. He was involved in many local charitable and social organizations. In 1974, he joined the Monocacy Lions Club, and was a past President and stayed active until the end. As a horseback rider, he was a member of the Sugarloaf Riding Club and the Potomac Hunt Club. He also was a founding member of the Sugarloaf Cotillion. Finally, to give back to the sciences, Bruce eagerly supported Barbara’s membership and involvement in the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation. The ARCS is a non-profit organization that is administered by a group of women who financially support graduates and undergraduates of the United States’ colleges and universities in the STEM fields.
Bruce John Wooden is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Jean, 92. His Brother David R. Wooden, 86, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. His children, Cynthia Wooden 59, of Philippi, West Virginia, Howard Wooden, 58, of Brandon, Florida and Carole Andres, 56, of Dickerson, Maryland. Grand Children, Elise Wendland, Devin Wooden, Hunter Wooden, Bradley Andres, Catherine Andres and Great Grandchild Aiden Wooden as well as many of the spouses, cousins, nieces and nephews. Bruce will be missed and remembered by many friends, coworkers and the many people whose lives he has touched.
Born January 7, 1941, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 9, 2019 at her home in Germantown, MD accompanied by family and friends. Betty was an altruistic mother of four and dedicated caregiver. She is famously known for being an avid animal lover with a special interest towards big cats, AKA “Leopard Lady”. She will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity. Betty spent much of her time caring for her various rescued animals and for many wild animals that gravitated towards her. She is survived by three sons, Albert, Glenn and Corey; daughter-in-law, Aiming; three grandchildren, Jason, Chandler and Jessica; brother Kenny; niece Dana and nephew Andrew.
Details of services will be announced for a 1 year anniversary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on behalf of Betty’s son Emanuel (Manny) Levy to the Williams Syndrome Foundation, https://williams-syndrome.org or on behalf on Betty F Levy, www.hopkinscancerresearch.org.
Mary White Hays Lok
Mary White Hays Lok, 85, passed away on November 15, 2019 with her daughters and sons-in-law by her side.
Born December 31, 1933, she was the daughter of Frederick Sprigg Hays Sr. and Eleanor Merryman Ray Hays. She was part of the sixth generation of her family to live in Barnesville, Maryland as her family settled there in the 1740’s. She moved to Frederick in 2017 for assisted living care and frequently and proudly introduced herself as a “Hays from Barnesville”. Mary White was introduced to her future husband, Godefridus “Fred” Lok, by mutual friends while on a trip to The Netherlands. They courted through letters for 18 months. Fred’s mother warned that if he came to visit her they would get married. She was right, they married on November 9, 1957, and they celebrated 58 years of marriage before his death in 2016.
Shortly after graduating from Poolesville High School in 1952, Mary White started working as a bank teller in Washington, DC traveling by train from the Barnesville stop. She enjoyed her career and stuck with it for thirty years. Mary White was fully involved her entire life with helping others. She often provided transportation, meals, and visits to aging or house-bound neighbors, cared for her bank customers as if they were friends, and ran an efficient taxi service for her daughters and grandchildren.
She was an active member and officer of the Monocacy PTA, St. Johns at Prospect Hall’s Athletic Board, Monocacy Garden Club, Comus Homemakers, and the Upper Montgomery County Soroptimist International Club. Hosting gatherings was a particular joy for her from small get-togethers to feeding large groups such as the Montgomery County Farmers Club. She was introduced to the game of bridge late in life and loved it although as much for the socializing as for the game itself. She also enjoyed friendships with her wonderful caregivers at Tranquility Assisted Living and more recently at Spring Arbor Assisted Living.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Bob Ward, Shirley and Sam Prasada-Rao; grandchildren, Mary Kate, Emily, Abby, Benton, Curtis, Adam, Mietzy, Freddy and Mina and numerous nieces and nephews both in the US and abroad. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her daughter Mary “Ineke” Lok, her grandson Daniel Ward, her great-grandson Beau Ross, and her siblings Lt. Frederick Sprigg Hays Jr, and Elizabeth “Lib” Tolbert.
Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. Services will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 20100 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837, on Monday, November 18 at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Frederick County or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Nancy Beth Brown
Nancy Beth Brown, 70, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on November 18, 2019.
Born on June 21, 1949, she was the daughter to the late Bernard and Myrna (Chain) Friedman.
Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Tom Brown.
Observing her wishes there will be no services held.
Barbara Jean Childress
Barbara Jean Childress, 74, of Thurmont, MD, passed away on November 19, 2019.
Barbara was the loving wife to the late Monty A. Childress.
Born on March 14, 1945, she was the daughter to the late Charles and Claudine (Ashwell) Griggs.
Barbara is survived by her two children, Charles K. Childress and Christopher M. Childress; daughter-in-law's, Stacey Phillips and Justyna Childress; one brother, John Griggs; four grandchildren, Ryan, Calie, Natalie, Cayson; and nephew, Matthew Griggs.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Glenn Griggs.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, December 8th from 1pm- 4pm at 5287 Mussetter Rd, Ijamsville, MD 21754.
Inurnment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Kline Hospice House, 7000 Kimmel Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771.
Carroll Miller Ficklin
Carroll Miller Ficklin, 72, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.
He was a loving husband and a devoted father to his beloved three children.Carroll was born on August 30, 1947 in Washington, DC to Dorsey William Ficklin and Fannie Settle Ficklin.
Those who had the pleasure to know Carroll may remember him best for his love of life. He was known for his friendliness, his quick wit, his infectious smile and his kind, compassionate spirit. Carroll made everyone feel special and was a ray of sunshine to many. He was also a hard-working man who accomplished a tremendous amount of his goals in life and always took great pride in his work. In his free time he enjoyed all things sports, beach and politics, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.
Carroll was preceded in death by his father, Dorsey, his mother, Fannie, and his brother, William. He is survived by his wife, Louise Amidon Ficklin, his three children, Debra Ann (Debbie) Ficklin and her husband James Hawfield, Richard Bryan (Ricky) Ficklin and his wife, Joanna Ficklin, and Sharon Alayne (Shari) Liapis and her husband, Michael Liapis; his six grandchildren, Melissa Ann Hagen and her husband Daniel Hagen, Stephanie Psaroudis, Ryan and Justin Ficklin, and Stratton and Braydon Liapis; and his two great-grandchildren, Lexus and Bryce Hagen.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, December 6th, 2019 at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838. A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 p.m. noon on Saturday December 7th, 2019 at Tri County Baptist Church, 7821 Damascus Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20882. Interment to follow at 1:30 p.m. at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd, Germantown, MD 20876.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.hiltonfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association