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May 12, 2004

Rachel G. Wilson

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Rachel Gene Wilson of Bunker Hill died Monday, May 10, 2004, at her home.

Born Nov. 30, 1935, in Bethlehem, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Perry R. and Eva Goss Knotts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Creed Wilson, whom she married Nov. 8, 1952.

She was the owner and operator of the Little Craft Shop from 1972 to 1995.

She was a member of Chapter 1028, Women of the Moose, Charles Town VFW and Brunswick Eagles 1136.

She is survived by three daughters, Debra Bennett of Wisconsin, Joyce Shaffer of Gerrardstown, W.Va., and Melissa Curtis of Bunker Hill; one son, Gerald L. Wilson of Bunker Hill; six sisters; two brothers; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, June Parrish, Joanne Cole, Betty Knotts and Barbara Knotts; two brothers, Darrell Knotts and Jim Knotts; and one granddaughter.


Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood. The Rev. Donna Acquaviva will officiate. Burial will be in Bunker Hill Cemetery.

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

Her request was no flowers, with donations being made to the Kidney Foundation to help her granddaughter, Danielle Hinton. Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of the Virginian, 3015-B Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24019.

Rita M. Salazar

INWOOD, W.Va. - Rita M. Salazar, 70, of Inwood, died Monday, May 10, 2004, at her home.

Born July 15, 1933, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Louis Clifton Kite and Helen Elizabeth Kite.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Doroteo "Sam" Salazar; one son, George Salazar of Quantico, Va.; and one brother, Richard Kite of Alexandria, Va.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Earl Kite.

Services will be today at 10 a.m. at South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood. The Rev. Brian Shoda will officiate. Burial will be private.

Malcolm E. Durfee

Malcolm Eugene Durfee, 78, of Beverly Healthcare in Hagerstown, Md., went home to be with the Lord on May 3, 2004.

He was the husband of the late Irene LeQuesne who died in 1992.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., on June 29, 1925, he was the son of the late Hildreth and Ennis Durfee. He was the last surviving member of the family.

He lived 27 years in St. Petersburg, Fla. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 and the Naval Reserves from 1946 to 1958. He also served on the Presidential Honor Guard.

He was a sheet metal worker and Union Local 100 member since 1947. He also was a member of the International Brotherhood of Fireman and Oilers Local 1221. He was instrumental in the renovation of the U.S. Capital in 1962. He worked at the Government Printing Office and the Pinellas County school system.

He was a lifetime member of Master Mason Daylight Lodge 14 Blue Lodge; a member of Masonic Lodge Warren Harding 39; Scottish Rite 32nd degree; and a member of Egypt Temple, Almas Temple and Elmer Smith Lodge 15. He also was a lifetime member of the Elks. He was an avid Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan and enjoyed rose gardening, fishing, old time jazz and the clarinet.

He leaves behind four daughters, Renee Langdeaux and husband, Tex, of Bothell, Wash., Sharon Rice Poorman and husband, Thomas, of Hagerstown, Suzanne Hawkesworth and husband, Kenneth, of Snohomish, Wash., and Darlene Murphy and husband, John, of Kemp, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Michael, Nicholas, Christopher and Joseph Mallis of Bothell, Charles E. Rice II of Hagerstown, Darrell E. Rice of Thurmont, Md., Kenneth Dale Hawkesworth of Lake Stevens, Wash., Calinda Marker of Everett, Wash., Heidi and William Robertson of West Virginia and Regina Robertson of Maryland. There are numerous great-grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

There will be no viewing. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery with military honors on June 9, 2004, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital, 12502 N. Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612-9499, 1-813-972-2250, or the charity of your choice.

Paul D. DeMottez

Paul Dominick DeMottez, 83, of Hagerstown, died Monday, May 10, 2004, at Avalon Manor Health Care Center.

Born Oct. 9, 1920, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Dominick and Mabel Shaffer DeMottez.

He was employed as a welder with Pangborn Corp.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

He is survived by three sisters, Isabelle Marani, Mary DeMottez and Madeline DeMottez, all of Hagerstown; two nieces; three nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis DeMottez and Joseph DeMottez, and one nephew.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown. The Rev. George A. Limmer will officiate. Burial will follow.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, Hagerstown.

Samuel I. Truett

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