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Sharpsburg councilwoman Jamison dies

March 20, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

SHARPSBURG -- A veteran schoolteacher known for her passion for history and a no-nonsense classroom, Marjorie Ann Jamison also was dedicated to serving the Town of Sharpsburg as a councilwoman since 2001.

Jamison, 63, died Thursday. She had been ailing since the first of the year, Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said.

"I'm glad to have worked with her," Spielman said.

With her passing, the Sharpsburg Town Council is down two members, Spielman said. Councilman Russell Weaver resigned in December.

"Marjorie and I graduated from high school the same year," Weaver said Friday. "We've known each other a long time. She will really be missed."

Jamison taught at Boonsboro Middle School for 35 years. For some of those years, Roger Stenersen was assistant principal there.

Jamison's love of history was legendary, as was her attention to her students' behavior and even their posture.

"I can remember going by her door and hearing her say, 'Sit up! Sit up!' to her students," Stenersen said.

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In addition to her love of history, Jamison also believed students needed and wanted structure and she provided that, Stenersen said.

His wife, Martha Stenersen, remembers Jamison as a wonderful role model when she was a young teacher.

"Marjorie never raised her voice in class ... she didn't have to," she said.

Spielman said Weaver's resignation generated four letters from interested residents for the longtime councilman's seat. Interviews have been held and a replacement is expected to be announced at the April meeting.

"Now, we will again ask for letters from people interested in filling Marjorie's seat," Spielman said. Those not selected for Weaver's seat also will be eligible for the newest vacancy.

Jamison's seat hopefully will be filled by May or June, Spielman said.

Jamison was part of a family tradition of serving Sharpsburg. Her mother, Anna Louise Jamison, continues to serve as town clerk, and her sister, Debra, is the town's tax collector.

When Anna Jamison's husband, Thirman, was alive, he acted as vice mayor of Sharpsburg and also dedicated countless hours to the town's emergency services.

A brother, Lynn Jamison, also volunteered with the town's fire department and ambulance company.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg.

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