Rachel P. Ford, 79

January 30, 2011

JUNE 2, 1931-JAN. 30, 2011

Rachel Pauline Ford, 79, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born June 2, 1931, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late J. Donald and Laura I. Murray.

Rachel was a 1950 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

She was employed by AT&T, previously C&P Telephone Co., for 25 years until retiring in 1994. She was employed for several years with Montgomery Ward in Hagerstown.

Rachel was a lifelong devoted member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Hagerstown.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Robert Ellsworth Ford.

She is survived by a daughter and two sons, Laura E. “Beth” Danner and husband, Troy C. Danner, of Keedysville, Md., David E. Ford II and wife, Deidre L. Ford, of Plant City, Fla., and Brannon M. Ford and wife, Toni L. Ford, of Falling Waters, W.Va.; one sister, Dawn Ford and husband, William Ford, of Williamsport, Md.; sister-in-law, JoAnna Ford Ingram of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and cherished lifelong friends.

A private service will be held with the family, with the Rev. G. Stanley Steele officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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

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