Ethel Blanche Irvine, 99

February 03, 2009

JAN. 13, 1910-FEB. 2, 2009

WILLIAMSPORT - Ethel Blanche Irvine, 99, of 16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport, Md., and formerly of Bryan Place, Hagerstown, Md., passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at Homewood Retirement Center, Williamsport.

Born Thursday, Jan. 13, 1910, in Lynchburg, Va., she was the daughter of the late Powhatan Thomas Blanks and the late Lucy Blanks Henry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert S. Irvine.

She was a graduate of the College of William and Mary with an AB degree in mathematics, and did graduate work at Western Maryland College and the University of Maryland.


In 1967, she received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study the "New Math" at the University of Maryland.

She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, where she served as SCS teacher, curriculum adviser, leadership education teacher, Resource Center manager and pianist. She was also a member of the AAUW, where she served as treasurer for many years, and also as arts chairman, chairman for building fund for AAUW Center in Washington, D.C. - 1960, teacher of modern math, introducing it to the community in 1963.

This was the Hagerstown branch's contribution to "Bridging the Gap between Science and the Layman," auditor of the treasurer's books for several years and "book mole" - working in the library on books for the book sale. She was a member of the Women's Club, chairman of Homecrafters from 1981-1983, manager of calligraphy classes 1982-1987, teacher of calligraphy 1989-1994, treasurer of Bible study, 1984-1987, editor of newsletter, 1985-1988, board of directors from 1985 to 1988.

Charter member of the Washington County Arts Council, serving on the board of directors and as secretary. Member of the Community Concerts Association, also serving on the board of directors. Member of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 1954 to the present, and charter member of The Singer Society. Member of the MSO Guild, 1985 to the present.

Member of the WCRTA, NRTA and the MRTA. She was employed by the Washington County Board of Education as a teacher of mathematics and science at Williamsport High School and Washington Middle School, 1959-1975.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Irvine and grandkitty, Louie, of Hagerstown, Sylvia Andrae and husband, the Rev. Hans O. Andrae, of Jeannette, Pa.; and grandchildren, Rebecka Andrae and great-grandchildren, Adam, Maria and Sara Andrae of Greensburg, Pa., grandson, the Rev. Eric R. Andrae and wife, Paola, and great-grandchild, Michelina Andrae of Pittsburgh, Pa., and granddaughter, Christina Andrae of Latrobe, Pa.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Quentin Fleming officiating.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

Private interment will be at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church Music Program, 601 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, P.O. Box 423, Hagerstown, MD 21741-0423.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

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