Obituaries for 11/26

November 26, 2002

Darwyn D. Gray

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Darwyn D. Gray, 68, of 10 Canterbury Drive, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at the Shook Home.

Born Nov. 7, 1934, in Price Hill, W.Va., he was the son of the late William D. and Lucille Allman Gray.

He had attended the University of Miami and Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

He worked as a supply systems analyst for U.S. AMC Systems Integrations and Management Activity at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg. He retired in November 1990.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He was a member of Scotland (Pa.) United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Gen. James Chambers Lodge 801 A.F.&A.M., and Cumberland Valley Amateur Radio Club, both of Chambersburg.

He is survived by his wife, Harriett Crapser Gray, whom he married June 26, 1958; two sons, William C. Gray of Chambersburg, and Robert A. Gray of York, Pa.; two sisters, Marie Meinert of Edgewater, Colo., and Irene Amsden of Miles City, Mich.; his twin brother, Delwyn D. Gray of Berkley, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by one daughter, Debra S. Gray; and three brothers, Estel Gray, Harold Gray and Victor Gray.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Revs. Charles L. Kind and James W. Herman will officiate. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Chambersburg.

Viewing will be at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m. Lodge 801 A.F.&A.M. will conduct Masonic services today at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Ceiling Tile Fund at Scotland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 370, Scotland, PA 17254; to American Lung Association of Central Pennsylvania, 6041 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112-1208; or to Hospice Preferred Choice, 4813 Jonestown Road, Suite 211, Harrisburg, PA 17109.

Margaret L. Ferguson

SMITHSBURG - Margaret L. Ferguson, 89, of East Water Street, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at her home.

Born Feb. 13, 1913, in Chewsville, she was the daughter of the late Otha R. and Flora E. Kuhn Smith and her foster parents, Linton H. and Vada G. Ashby.

Her husband, C. Richard Ferguson, died in 1990.

She was employed as a telephone operator for Smithsburg and she was a mail carrier for Smithsburg Post Office.

She was owner/operator of Smithsburg Bowling Alley.

She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Smithsburg.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Rosemary Hauver; and six sisters.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg. Pastor Mark C. Mooney will officiate. Burial will be in Smithsburg Cemetery.

The funeral home will be open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 205, Smithsburg, MD 21783; or to Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services, P.O. Box 411, Smithsburg, MD 21783.

Joanna R. Plummer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Joanna Rae Plummer, 32, of 6283 Molly Pitcher Highway, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002.

Born July 8, 1970, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of E. James Plummer of Williamsport, and Jane Adams Plummer of Hagerstown.

She was a 1988 graduate of North Hagerstown High School. She earned a degree in geography-environmental planning in 1993 from Towson State University, where she was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon and Gamma Theta Upsilon, the National Geography Honor Society. In 1999 she earned a master's degree in geoenvironmental studies from Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

She was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. She was formerly employed by Nitterhouse Concrete Products, Valley Quarries Inc. and Plummer Construction.

She served an internship with the Washington County Engineering Department.

She was a member of Wesel-Hagerstown Sister City Affiliation and she served as vice president; was a member of Embroiderers' Guild of America Hagerstown Chapter, Washington County Historical Association and National Trust for Historical Preservation.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Jenny L. Plummer-Welker of Bowie, Md., and Jackie D. Plummer-Sprow of Fayetteville, Pa.; maternal grandparents, Roy and Catherine Adams of Denton, Md.; one niece; and one nephew.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, Hagerstown. The Rev. Fred Harris will officiate.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Deaf Dog Education Action Fund, P.O. Box 2840, Oneco, FL 34264-2840; or to Women In Need, 156 E. Queen St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Arrangements are by Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown.

Thomas E. Vanorsdale

DUNDALK, Md. - Thomas E. Vanorsdale, 80, of Dundalk, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at Johns Hopkins Bayview, Baltimore.

Born April 30, 1922, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lewis and Mary Elizabeth Stotler Vanorsdale.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.

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