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November 26, 1997

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Thursday, November 27, 1997 Edition

E. Rayetta Witmer

BOONSBORO - E. Rayetta Witmer, 52, of 708 N. Main St., died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 21, 1945, in Rohrersville, she was the daughter of Sallie Cook Sisler of Trego, Md., and the late Charles H. Sisler.

She had been employed by Washington County Hospital for 32 years.

She was a member and past president of Clopper-Michael Post 10 American Legion Auxiliary in Boonsboro; and a member of the national and local chapters of the American Association of Medical Transcriptionists. She was a former member of Wednesday Night Mixed Bowling League at Dual Lanes in Hagerstown.


In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, David I. Witmer, whom she married on Oct. 21, 1966; one daughter, Christine D. Witmer of Philadelphia; one sister, Bonnie Hoffman of Falling Waters, W.Va.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Glenda Sisler.

Services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. John W. Mallin will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro Cemetery.

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

Daniel M. Ferguson

LAUREL, Md. - Daniel Michael Ferguson, 49, of Laurel, died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, in Covington, Va.

Born Nov. 24, 1948, in Baltimore, he was the son of Danie Ferguson of Falling Waters, W.Va., and the late Margaret Virginia Murray Ferguson.

He was employed as a truck driver by Apollo Trucking in Jessup, Md.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served with the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Moose Lodge 1504, Laurel.

In addition to his father, he is survived by two daughters, Amy Celeste Ashby of Laurel and Danielle Ferguson of Catonsville, Md.; five sisters, Mary Murray of Hedgesville, W.Va., Sue Miller of Falling Waters, Ann Wallen of Martinsburg, W.Va., Sherry Allen of Laurel and Margaret Johnson of Jessup; four brothers, Clifford Ferguson of Jessup, John Ferguson of Hedgesville, Paul Ferguson of Falling Waters and Adam Ferguson of Bracey, Va.; one grandson; nieces and nephews.

Services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. Robert F. Caplinger Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Marlowe, W.Va.

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

Nancy Y. Blackburn

GLENGARY, W.Va. - Nancy Y. Blackburn, 91, of Glengary, and formerly of Houston, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Rose Hill Nursing Home, Berryville, Va.

Born April 2, 1906, in Corpus Christi, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Charles Phillip Yeager and Almeda Scott Yeager.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Swinford; and by her second husband, Edward A. Blackburn.

She was a member of St. John The Divine Episcopal Church in Houston.

She is survived by one daughter, Jerrie Nan Vasiloff of Glengary; one stepson, Dr. Edward A. Blackburn Jr. of Houston; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday at George Lewis Funeral Home, Houston. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Houston.

Local arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Sophia A. Conley

WILLIAMSPORT - Sophia A. "Nat" Conley, 99, formerly of Otho Holland Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Clearview Nursing Home in Hagerstown.

Born Feb. 4, 1898 in Millstone, Md., she was the daughter of the late Clinton Eff and Mary Jane Hastings Zimmerman.

Her first husband, Charles Poffenberger, died in 1949.

Her second husband, Herbert Eugene Conley, died in 1955.

She was employed as a seamstress for Barnhart's Overall Factory in Williamsport for 25 years.

She attended Williamsport United Methodist Church in Williamsport.

She was a member of Potomac Post 202 Ladies Auxiliary in Williamsport, Red Feather Council 59 Degree of Pocahontas, and the Democratic Party.

She is survived by one daughter, Maxine Poffenberger Long of Williamsport; one son, Cletus E. "Boots" Poffenberger of Williamsport; one grandson, Ludwig Long II of Granby, Colo.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Edith Anderson, Minnie Wolfe and Ossia Kline; and four brothers, Russell Zimmerman, William Zimmerman, Charles Zimmerman and Earl Zimmerman.

Services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport. The Rev. Richard A. Kroll will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Williamsport.

Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. For the convenience of friends the funeral home will be open after 5 p.m. today.

Memorial donations may be made to Williamsport United Methodist Church, 25 E. Church St., Williamsport, Md. 21795.

Catherine V. Baker

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Catherine V. Baker, 79, of Coxey Brown Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at her home.

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