December 19, 1998

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Mary E. Baker

Mary Edna Mitchell Baker, 83, of 18302 Rench Road, Hagerstown, died Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, at her home.

Born Oct. 21, 1915, in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Virginia Cox Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Edmund Baker, on Oct. 16, 1998.

She was employed with Cromers Silk Mill, retiring after 30 years of service.

She was a member of The Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandra L. Ridenour of Hagerstown; a grandson, J. David Ridenour of Hagerstown; brothers; nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen M. Jones and Nellie Cummings.

Memorial services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at The Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses. Robert McKinley will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

There will be no viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses, 30 Nottingham Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Benjamin F. Myers

HARRISONVILLE, Pa. - Benjamin F. Myers, 73, of Harrisonville and formerly of Mercersburg, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 19, 1998, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born Oct. 19, 1925, in Fannettsburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Alvin Huss and Margaret Dorty Myers.

He was a former employee of the former Appalachian Stone Co. of Mercersburg. For 17 years, he was a truck driver for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, retiring in 1987.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He was a member and past commander of Harry Lackhove American Legion Post 517 of Mercersburg.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Mary Lou Wright Myers; two sons, William A. Myers of Cadahy, Wis., and Gary A. Myers of Chambersburg; a stepdaughter, Virginia Myers of Greencastle, Pa.; three stepsons, Timothy Myers of Williamson, Pa., Eric Myers of Harrisonville and Christopher Myers of Mercersburg; three sisters, Betty J. Talhelm of Greencastle, Dorothy A. Kipe Sr. of Mercersburg and Margaret M. Bookwalter of Smithsburg; a brother, John A. Myers of Harrisonville; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Clayton Memorial Church of God, Mercersburg. The Revs. Kelly Shope and Roy E. Brake Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg.

Viewing will be Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg; and Tuesday one hour prior to services at the church.

Quincy R. Durham

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Quincy Ray Durham, 1, of Hedgesville, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

Born Dec. 17, 1997, in Martinsburg, W.Va., he was the son of Sabrina Leigh Durham of Hedgesville and Bradley Steven Littleton of Charles Town, W.Va.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, James and Sandy Clendening of Hedgesville.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson, W.Va. The Rev. Jimmy Williams will officiate. Burial will be private.


Ethel M. Novak

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Ethel Marie Novak, 73, of Charles Town, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, at Shenandoah Rehabilitation Center, Charles Town.

Born April 8, 1925, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Ethel Thomas Brent.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin F. Novak Sr.

She was a member of United Methodist Church.

She is survived by four daughters, Georgeann Hodges of Baltimore, Carol L. Long of Kearneysville, W.Va., Tina M. Novak of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Kimberly A. Bun of Florida; three sons, James V. Novak and Edwin F. Novak Jr., both of Baltimore, and Thomas R. Novak of Martinsburg; a sister, Carolyn Collins of Delaware; a brother, James Brent of Maryland; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. Dr. G. Edward Grove will officiate. Burial will be private.

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

Memorial donations may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Ursula C. Riley

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Ursula Carr Riley, 79, of Shepherdstown, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born May 15, 1919, in Pitt County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Taylor and Alice Hardy Carr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Riley.

She received her bachelor of science degree and her master's degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

She retired from Boonsboro High School, Boonsboro, having taught for 40 years.

She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

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