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Pearl R. White, 91

JULY 14, 1921-JUNE 25, 2013

June 28, 2013

Pearl R. "Sammy" White, 91, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla.

Born July 14, 1921, in Martinsburg, W.Va., Sammy was the daughter of Paul and Pearl (Bohrer) Rider.

She grew up in Hagerstown, Md., where she graduated from Hagerstown High School.

She went on to graduate from the nursing program at Washington County Hospital as a registered nurse, and enlisted as an Army nurse in 1945. She was en route to the South Pacific when the war ended.

After marrying Skip, her husband of 63 years, she moved to the Baltimore area, where she became a psychiatric nurse at Maryland's Rosewood State Hospital. She later served as director of nursing and director of nursing education. Sammy also spent many years teaching in the Baltimore County public school system.

In 1975, Sammy and Skip moved to Elkhart, Ind., remaining there until moving in 1999 to York, Pa., where they spent much time with their children and grandchildren. They moved to Sarasota in 2009 in their final years of retirement.

Sammy is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Ellis "Skip" White; a son, R. Stuart White; and a daughter, Susan G. White.

Sammy is survived by her sons, Paul E. White of Longboat Key, Fla., and J. Stephen White of Wilmington, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 29, 2013, from noon to 2 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with Deacon Jim Mason officiating. Funeral services will immediately follow. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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