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Obituaries

September 30, 1997

Obituaries

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Wednesday, October 1, 1997 Edition

Katie E. Hesben

Katie Elizabeth Hesben, 95, of Hagerstown, died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, at Colton Villa Nursing Home.

Born April 27, 1902, in Clarke County, Va., she was the daughter of the late John and Louise Coxen Smith.

She was employed as a domestic worker.

She is survived by seven nieces and nephews, Barbara Rutherford of Ranson, W.Va., Alva Cooper of New York, Louatha James of Manassas, Va., Van Smith of Berryville, Va., Maurice Smith, Lionel Smith, and Wilma Jean Wilson, all of Maryland; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

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Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Enders and Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, Va. The Rev. Dwight Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Milton Valley Cemetery, Berryville.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home.

Frances A. Karn

Frances A. "Jenny" Karn, 76, of 1747 Edgewood Hill Circle, Apartment 101, Hagerstown, died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Charles H. "Bud" and Martha E. Delauter Nigh.

Her husband, Wilfred L. "Willie" Karn, died in 1973.

She retired from C&P Telephone.

She was a member of First Christian Church, and the Ever Ready and Updegraff Bible Class.

She was a member of Telephone Pioneers Association, and Happy Face Travel Club.

She is survived by her companion of nearly 20 years, Lewis Horman; three sons, Terry E. Karn of Sharpsburg, and Douglas L. Karn and C. Kirk Karn, both of Hagerstown; two brothers, Richard W. Nigh of Funkstown and Edwin L. Nigh of Hagerstown; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul E. Nigh and Howard L. "Tiny" Nigh.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. The Rev. Fred Harris and the Rev. Robert L. Regenold will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, today from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 21742.

Mary F. Baker

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Mary Frances Baker, 81, of Mount Olive Road, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg.

Born May 27, 1916, in Frederick County, Md., she was the daughter of the late James P. and Mary Frances Stockman Unglesbee.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Woodrow Wilson Mercer, in 1968, and by her second husband, Raymond Vernon Baker, in 1978.

She had retired as a seamstress from Sagner Sewing Factory, Frederick.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Ranson, W.Va.

She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary Jackson-Perks American Legion Post 71 in Charles Town, W.Va.; and Owls Club, Redman Club, and Democrat Club, all in Frederick.

She is survived by one brother, James Unglesbee of Taneytown, Md.; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by one son, Richard "Dick" Mercer Sr.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. Pastor Mike Withem will officiate. Burial will be in St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery, Jefferson, Md.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Carl W. Mason

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - Carl W. Mason, 76, of Route 1, died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, at Cumberland Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md.

Born Dec. 12, 1920, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles William and Clara Mason.

He attended Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Betty L. Kitchen of Gerrardstown; one sister, Hazel Puffenburger of Martinsburg, W.Va.; two brothers, Walter Mason of Gerrardstown, and Mervin Mason of Martinsburg; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; a close friend, Geraldine Seeders of Green Springs, W.Va.; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Elizabeth June Mason; two sons, Carl Delmont and Martin LeRoy Mason; and three brothers, Ralph Mason, Floyd Mason and Paul Mason.

Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. Louise Barrett will officiate. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Arden, W.Va.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Margaret R. Bailey

Margaret Rebecca Bailey, 85, of 928 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997, at Clearview Nursing Home, Hagerstown.

Born June 24, 1912, in Philippi, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John William and Ellen Viola Shaffer Bailey.

She retired from Fairchild Aircraft Inc. after 29 years.

She was a member of Longmeadow Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by three nieces, whom she raised, Rebecca A. Barkley of Hagerstown, Judith E. Kershner of York, Pa., and Sara J. Spangler of Waynesboro, Pa.; one nephew, whom she raised, John M. Spangler of Rehobeth, Del.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister and five brothers.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Douglas Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd., Hagerstown. The Pastor Byrl E. Shaver will officiate. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery, Thurmont, Md.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Longmeadow Church of the Brethren, 19642 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21742.

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