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Obituaries 3/14

March 13, 2000

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Murlene E. Gipson

Murlene Elizabeth Tipton Gipson, 92, of 19570 Leitersburg Pike, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at her home.

Born Sept. 16, 1907, in Taylor, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Thomas Henry and Alta Edna Wiseman Francis.

Her first husband, Marsh B. Tipton, died in 1970; her second husband, Edward M. Gipson Sr., died in 1995.

She had owned and operated the Little Oaken Antique Shop in Middlebury, Pa., retiring in 1997.

She was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Middlebury.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Tipton Herriott of Polusbo, Wash., and Melinda Tipton Marsden, with whom she resided; a stepdaughter, Ann R. Gipson of Middlebury; a stepson, Edward M. Gipson Jr. of Middlebury; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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She was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl T. Francis and Jerl H. Francis.

A memorial service will be held Monday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, 17906 Garden Lane, Hagerstown. The Rev. William Burgett will officiate. Burial will be in Middlebury Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, Inc., 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or to Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Lyrian P. Duck

BOONSBORO - Lyrian Philip Duck, 90, of 18332 Manor Church Road, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Washington County Hospital.

Born June 29, 1909, in Lewistown, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles C. and Gertrude M. Frank Duck.

His wife, Helen F. Duck, died Jan. 18, 1999.

He graduated from Drexal University in Philadelphia.

He had been employed by Stallings Electrical Corp.

He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution.

He is survived by a daughter, Betty Lou Hunt of Hagerstown; a grandchild, and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate. Burial will be Thursday at Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

Samuel T. Johnson

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Samuel Theodore Johnson, 91, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at City Hospital.

Born July 4, 1908, in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Samuel Grant and Florence Ada Dailey Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel Dodson Johnson.

He was a member of Martinsburg High School Class of 1927, and was quarterback of the football team.

He was an employee of South Quarry under the Standard Lime and Stone Co. He retired from Martin Marietta Cement Corp. in 1973.

He was a member of Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church.

He was a member of the Moose and National Rifle Association. He was a catcher and outfielder for Hose Company 55 Semi-Pro Baseball team.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta Jean Johnson; a stepson, Michael David McClain of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Edith Usak, Eva L. Hollis, Bertha Claytor, and Anna Kline; a brother, George W. Johnson; and a half sister, Emma Jane Johnson.

Services and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church, Route 2, Box 143, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Arrangements are by Rosedale Funeral Chapel.

Helen G. Beard

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Helen Grace Beard, 94, formerly of 314 N. Locust St., Hagerstown, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Columbia Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers.

Born Aug. 6, 1905, in Bunker Hill, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Grace Rice Shaw.

Her husband, William G. Beard, died in 1974.

She retired in 1967 as head cook at Williamsport Retirement Center, after 20 years of service.

She was a member of Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She was a member of Cumberland Valley Retirement Association.

She is survived by two daughters, Loretta Anderson of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and Beverly Ronch of Fort Myers; two granddaughters and a great-grandson.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. James Hoffer will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11507 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Catherine L. Pope

BOONSBORO - Catherine Louise "Deedie" Pope, 89, formerly of Route 1, Fairplay, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Reeders Memorial Home.

Born March 27, 1910, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna Isabelle Bowers Harne.

Her husband, Leo A. Pope, died May 8, 1973.

She retired from Harper & Row as a supervisor.

She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Bakerville, Md.

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