January 24, 2004

Phyllis M. Grimm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Phyllis May Grimm, 83, of 6801 Middlebrook Pike, and formerly of Potomac Towers in Hagerstown, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at Hillcrest Health Care West in Knoxville.

Born April 8, 1920, in Ashley, Del., she was the daughter of the late Jay Lydal and Grace Elizabeth Myers Clark.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Weller M. Grimm, in 1999.

She was employed as a dietary supervisor at Washington County Hospital.

She was a member of Hagerstown Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by one son, Philip A. Davidson of Columbia, Md.; one sister, Jean E. Quinn of Powell, Wyo.; one grandson, John J. Johnson of King William, Va.; and one granddaughter, Taniarita M. Hill of Knoxville.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara K. Johnson; one sister, Genevieve A. Bussard; and one brother, Dr. Jay L. Clark.


Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. in Samples Manor Cemetery near Sharpsburg. The Rev. John W. Ailstock will officiate.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, Hagerstown.

Nellie B. Malashuk

Nellie Belle Malashuk, 90, of 55 E. Washington St. in Hagerstown, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at Beverly Health Care.

Born Nov. 2, 1913, in Oriental, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John and Gertrude Delamar McCotter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander John Malashuk on June 3, 1970.

She was a member of First Christian Church, where she was a member of the Everready Sunday School class.

She was a volunteer with R.S.V.P. at Western Maryland Hospital.

She is survived by two daughters, Jeanne Avey of Hagerstown, and Ruth Malashuk of Las Vegas; four grandchildren, Wendy Avey of Hagerstown, and Lisa Avey, Bryan Steimetz and Timothy Steimetz, all of Las Vegas; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by five sisters, Daisy Baroch, Sadie Zinn, Evelyn Wade, Blanche Wilkinson and Bertha McCotter; and one brother, Wally McCotter.

Services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Fred M. Harris will officiate.

Burial will be Tuesday at noon in Gettysburg (Pa.) National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Elizabeth Clopper

Elizabeth "Betty" Clopper, 89, died peacefully Jan. 2, 2004, at Avalon Manor, where she had received nursing care since Dec. 31.

Born May 5, 1914, in Decatur, Ill., she was the daughter of William and Flora Smith Caskey.

She was a teacher, principal and consultant in early childhood and special education programs in Washington County and the state of Maryland, retiring as Director of Special Education for Washington County. She was adviser to the architects in the design of the Robinwood Early Childhood Center.

She taught elementary school for two years in Decatur, and was a private tutor of the mentally retarded in Hancock, Md., before opening a private nursery school in Hagerstown. After moving to Hagerstown, she co-founded the first private school for the mentally retarded, and pioneered special education classes in the county public schools. She was a consultant for special education programs in Carroll, Frederick, Allegany and Garrett counties. She was past president of Hagerstown Zonta Club, member of the local and state Retired Teachers' Association, had been editor of their local Report Card newsletter, and secretary of the League of Women Voters. She was elected a distinguished alumna of the University of Findlay, and was listed among the Most Wonderful Citizens in Washington County. She was included in Who's Who of American Women in 1991.

She was a member of the Hagerstown Presbyterian Church for 58 years, where she volunteered in nursery and child care departments, served as a deacon and was secretary of the Women's Coordinating Committee.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, J. Allen Clopper, one brother, William R. Caskey of Clayton, Calif.; one son, Dennis A. Clopper of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Elizabeth L. Finlay of Reading, Pa.; three granddaughters; three grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Rufus M. Caskey; and a son, William Dale Clopper.

Funeral services will be held at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. N., Hagerstown, on Tuesday Jan. 27, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Blair's Valley Cemetery, Clear Spring, Md. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Elizabeth C. and J. Allen Clopper Fund for Children, c/o The Community Foundation of Washington County, Maryland, 14606 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Christy L. Hines

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