Obituaries

MaryEllen Simms

MaryEllen Simms

MaryEllen’s Journey She started her life as MaryEllen Lee. Jack calls her Merellen. Ann, Mary, Perry, Robert, Artie, Cely, Nancy, Danny call her Mom. I call her Grandma and, all our babies call her GG. We all called her on Mother’s Day. MaryEllen is survived by….no wait, all of us are INSPIRED by MaryEllen....
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Nana Dr. Kofi Abayie Kokroko (AKA Charlay Van Esquire Hart)

Nana Dr. Kofi Abayie Kokroko (AKA Charlay Van Esquire Hart)

Nana Dr. Kofi Abayie Kokroko (AKA Charlay Van Esquire Hart) passed away peacefully on March 7, 2017. He was born in England, Arkansas and had lived in La Plata, Maryland since 2010. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, who was known for his intellect, love of history, passion for human...
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Robert Allen “Bob” Jewett, 68

Robert Allen “Bob” Jewett, 68

Robert Allen “Bob” Jewett, age 68 of Waldorf, Maryland died March 7, 2017 suddenly at his residence. Bob was an Area Superintendent with the dry wall division of Pillar Construction, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to his employment with them, he worked with Copley Construction and he founded his own company of R &...
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Rev. Stephen Paul Merki, 59

Rev. Stephen Paul Merki, 59

Rev. Stephen Paul Merki, age 59, of Quailwood Parkway, La Plata, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017, at home following a 7-year battle with ALS “Lou Gehrig’s disease”. Steve Merki was an extraordinary example of faith, service and love to all who knew him. He was born on September 13, 1957 in Bethlehem,...
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Aaron McKinley “Tex” Madewell, 85

Aaron McKinley “Tex” Madewell, 85

Aaron McKinley “Tex” Madewell, 85, of Leonardtown, MD (formerly of Fort Worth, TX) passed away March 9, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 24, 1931 in Paoli, OK to the late Delbert and Winnie Combs Madewell. Aaron moved to Fort Worth, TX when he was four years...
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Janis Ann Combs Tennyson, 90

Janis Ann Combs Tennyson, 90

Janis Ann Combs Tennyson, 90, of Great Mills, MD passed away March 8, 2017 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. She was born September 26, 1926 in Great Mills, MD to the late Lawrence Benjamin and Mary Catherine Abell Combs. On July 29, 1946, she married James Rodman Tennyson. Together they celebrated...
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Herbert Earl Bailey, 82

Herbert Earl Bailey, 82

Herbert Earl Bailey, 82, of Lexington Park, MD passed away March 6, 2017 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born July 4, 1934 in Angola, West Africa to the late Albert William and Metha Peterson Dickinson Bailey. In 1952, Herbert graduated high school from Faith Bible Academy. Then he attended LeTourneau Technical Institute...
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Walter Francis “Pop” Duke, 70

Walter Francis “Pop” Duke, 70

Walter Francis “Pop” Duke, 70, of Leonardtown, MD passed away suddenly on Monday, March 6, 2017 at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC. He was born on August 13, 1946 in Leonardtown, Md. to the late Benedict Drury Duke Sr. and the late Virginia Blackistone Duke. Pop was a lifetime resident of Leonardtown,...
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Brenda Faye Bennett, 62

Brenda Faye Bennett, 62

Brenda Faye Bennett, 62, of Hollywood, MD passed away March 6, 2017 at Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, MD. She was born May 20, 1954 in Leonardtown, MD to the late Jack Hardin and Mary Alice Cryer Brynteson. Brenda was loved, respected, and admired by so many people. She was a lady...
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James Alvin “Sonny” Bowles, Jr., 82

James Alvin “Sonny” Bowles, Jr., 82

James Alvin “Sonny” Bowles, Jr., 82, of Charlotte Hall, Maryland passed away on March 6, 2017 in Charlotte Hall. Born on August 23, 1934, he was the son of the late James Alvin Bowles, Sr. and the late Catherine MacFarland Bowles. Sonny was spontaneous: he loved golfing, singing, a good steak and baked potato...
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Beverly Stearns, 83

Beverly Stearns, 83

On March 6, 2017 Beverly Stearns, 83, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home after a year-long battle with cancer. Beverly was born in 1933 in Portland, Oregon to Evelyn and Fred Kalmbach. Beverly Stearns was a special events volunteer at the White House for over 30 years, specializing in floral design. Whether...
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Deborah Maureen “Debbie” McHugh, 62

Deborah Maureen “Debbie” McHugh, 62

Deborah Maureen “Debbie” McHugh, 62, of Valley Lee, MD passed away March 5, 2017 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born October 30, 1954 in Springville, NY to the late Carl Michael Szucs and Elaine Ruth Keller. Debbie graduated in 1972 from Holland Central...
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Thomas Hillary Dean, Jr. “Tommy”, 53

Thomas Hillary Dean, Jr. “Tommy”, 53

Thomas Hillary Dean, Jr. “Tommy”, 53, of Leonardtown, MD passed away on March 5, 2017 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on August 19, 1963 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Frances Cecilia Wible Dean and Thomas Hillary Dean, Sr. Tommy is survived by his friend/companion Helen Barnett of Leonardtown, MD. He...
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James Edward “Butch” Bush, 78

James Edward “Butch” Bush, 78

James Edward “Butch” Bush, 78 of Leonardtown, MD, entered into eternal life on March 5, 2017. Butch, as he was affectionately known, was born in Budds Creek, MD to the late Arthur and Julia Bush on March 4, 1939. Butch attended Budds Creek Elementary and later went on to graduate from Banneker High School....
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Sandra Lee Anderson “Sandy”, 74

Sandra Lee Anderson “Sandy”, 74

Sandy Anderson of St. Leonard, MD passed away on March 4, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Charlie; daughters Ashley Kangas of Seattle, WA and Kate Anderson of Charlotte, NC; and grandsons Anderson and Hunter Kangas.  Born November 6, 1942, Sandy dedicated her life to learning and education having spent her career at...
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Reverend Monsignor Richard A. Hughes, 88

Reverend Monsignor Richard A. Hughes, 88

On Monday March 6, 2017 of Washington, DC. Reverend Monsignor Richard A. Hughes passed away at The Sacred Heart Nursing Home. Monsignor Hughes was born on October 10, 1928 in Washington, DC. His seminary studies were at St. Charles College, Catonsville, MD. St. Mary’s Seminary Paca Street Baltimore and The North American College in...
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Patricia “Tricia” Anne Bond, 52

Patricia “Tricia” Anne Bond of North Beach, MD, formerly of Forestville, MD, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the age of 52. Tricia was born in Washington, DC, on July 12, 1964, to Erma (Hines) and George H. Bond. She moved to North Beach over 30 years ago and loved summertime, the...
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Walter Christopher, 85

Walter Christopher, 85

On March 3, 2017, Walter Christopher traded his earthly body for his glorious wings after battling a long illness. He never complained through his illness and embraced each day with a smile. As the eldest son of the late Wiley Christopher and Rebecca Watson Christopher his siblings survive him: Johnnie (Charlene) Christopher (Detroit, MI);...
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Mary Boyd, 84

Mary Boyd, 84

Mary Boyd was born in Anderson, SC on Sept. 26, 1932 to Melvie Staley. Col. Mary Boyd entered active duty with the U.S Air Force on October 1958 and served in various positions from Staff Nurse to Chief Nurse in the U.S and overseas including North Africa, Japan, England and the Philippines. Her outstanding...
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Terri Jean Rich, 55

Terri Jean Rich, 55

Terri Jean Rich, 55 of Waldorf, MD passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2017 at her home. Terri was born in Easthampton, MA on February 8, 1962 to Naomi Spindle and the late Russell Ulm. She is survived by her husband, Robert Rich; sons, Andrew Marquis and Adam Rich; daughters, Shannon Czesak and Caitlin...
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Mary Ellen Simms, 80

Maryellen’s Journey She started her life as MaryEllen Lee. Jack calls her Merellen. Ann, Mary, Perry, Robert, Artie, Cely, Nancy, Danny call her Mom. I call her Grandma and, all our babies call her GG. We all called her on Mother’s Day. MaryEllen is survived by….no wait, all of us are INSPIRED by MaryEllen....
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Olive Fitzmaurice, 91

Olive Fitzmaurice, 91

Olive Fitzmaurice passed away on March 1, 2017 at LaPlata Nursing Center in LaPlata, Md. She was 91 years. Olive was born on April 27, 1925 in Newport, South Wales, England. Her Parents were Albert & Kate King. She had 2 older brothers, 2 older sisters & 1 younger brother. Olive liked to knit,...
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Dora Wilbanks, 86

Dora Wilbanks, 86

Dora Wilbanks passed away on February 27, 2017 at Morningside House of St. Charles in Waldorf, MD at the age of 86. She was born in Lucama, NC on March 20, 1930 to Jeremiah and Emma West Bass. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, L. Wayne Wilbanks; infant daughter, Cindi Leigh;...
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Shirley M. Hance, 87

Shirley M. Hance, 87

Shirley M. Hance, 87, of Prince Frederick, Maryland, passed away peacefully at Calvert Nursing Center on October 11, 2016. She was born on July 30, 1929 in Port Republic but moved with her family to Prince Frederick in 1946. Shirley was the fifth of six children born to Gourley and Daisy Hance and was...
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Paul Michael Reid, 69

Paul Michael Reid, 69, of Prince Frederick, Maryland passed away Thursday, December 23, 2016 at home under care of immediate family and hospice after a short fight against cancer. Born in Cheverly, Maryland on May 19, 1947, to Charles and Virginia Hazel Baker Reid, Paul started his career as a pressman at Stephenson in...
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