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Bliss, Ernest Lee
Birth: Tuesday, April 18, 1944 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: Huntingtown, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the age of 73
Laid to Rest: Thursday, October 19, 2017 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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Ernest "Lee" Bliss, 73, of Port Charlotte, FL and Huntingtown, MD, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at his home in Huntingtown surrounded by his loving family. Lee was born in Washington, DC, on April 18, 1944 to Alice [Krouse] and Stanley F. Bliss. He was a United States Air Force veteran and worked as a plant foreman for the federal government. Lee enjoyed crabbing, fishing, bowling and watching the Washington Redskins.

Lee is survived by his fiancée, Marylou E. Hickman and children David Lee Bliss, Christopher Sean Bliss (Barbie) and Holly Caroline Wooten (Christopher). He was the devoted grandfather of Michael, Ethan, Ryan, Evan, Nathaniel, Christopher, Lauren, Erin, Marissa, Cora and Eliana. Lee was the brother of Wayne, Stanley, Zane, Evelyn, Wanda and Donna.

Family invites friends to Lee Funeral Home Calvert on Thursday, October 19th from 5 to 8 pm where Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 20th at 12 pm. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, MD. Memorial contributions may be made in Lee's memory to the Church by the Chesapeake, 3255 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD 20676 or the Salvation Army, 200 Duke Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home.

Rabasco, Michael John, III
Birth: Wednesday, May 02, 1956 in White Plains, New York
Residence: Indian Head, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 61
Laid to Rest: Friday, October 20, 2017 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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Michael "Mike" John Rabasco, III, 61, of Indian Head, MD passed away on October 17, 2017 at Ft. Washington Hospital. Mike was born on May 2, 1956 in White Plains, NY to Rose Marie Carrigan and the late Michael John Rabasco, Jr. Mike loved his family especially his wife and grandchildren who were the light of his life. He loved his late English bulldog and of recent his German Shepherd and enjoyed his goldfish and fish pond. He was a devoted Washington Redskins fan.

He was a mechanic, having many tools and each had its place and he would know if any were missing or out of place. He had a tow truck which was passed down from his father and a 1954 Chevy. He was known to carry the house cordless phone around in his shirt pocket as a cell phone and anyone who knew him knew not to disturb him during the hours of 1-2PM because he would be watching "Days of our Lives". Mike spent every Sunday morning listening to GAC (Great American Country).

In addition to his father, he is predeceased by his son Angelo Michael Rabasco and brother Dwayne Rabasco. In addition to his mother, Mike is survived by his wife of 17 years Patricia Renee (Smith) Rabasco; two sons; Michael John Rabasco, IV (Laura) and Antonio Cliffton Rabasco (Kelly); two daughters; Christina Lynn Tuinei and Angela Marie Norwood; two step-sons; Jeremy Chenette and Travis Chenette (Whitly); fourteen grandchildren; Stephanie Rabasco, Shawn Ruiz, Steven Ruiz, Alyssa Rabasco, Robert Norwood, Brianna Ruiz, Michael Rabasco, V, Deangelo Chenette, Khloe Chenette, Angelo Rabasco, Antonio Rabasco, Jr, Chloe Rabasco, Carson Chenette and Lincoln Rabasco; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; Richard Rabasco and Brian Rabasco and one sister Denise Rabasco.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 10:00AM until the time of service at 11:00AM at Raymond Funeral Service, 5635 Washington Ave, La Plata, MD 20646. Interment will follow the service at Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, MD. Arrangements by Raymond Funeral Service.


Bowling, Gale Patricia
Birth: Friday, October 31, 1952 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: Hughesville, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 64
Laid to Rest: Monday, October 23, 2017 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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Gale Patricia Bowling, "Mom Mom", 64, of Hughesville, Maryland passed away on October 17, 2017 in Waldorf, Maryland. Gale was born on October 31, 1952 in Washington, DC to the late Earl R. Johnson and the late Mary Cleaveland Johnson. Gale was a Mortgage Loan Processor prior to her retirement in 2011. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and attending all of their sporting events. She adored animals, especially her pets.

Gale is survived by her sons, Byron Lee Bowling "BJ", Derrick Lance Bowling "Dink", her daughter, Danielle Marie Bowling "Dani", daughter-in-law's Angela Bowling and Trish Bowling, her brother, Thomas Bruce Johnson "Tommy", sister-in-law Diane Johnson, six grandchildren, Austin Pankake, Koen Bowling, Jackson Bowling, Kaiden Bowling, Raleigh Bowling, Mariah Bowling and many extended family and friends.

A Life Celebration Visitation will be on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 10 to 11AM with a Funeral Service at 11AM at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, Maryland 20622. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3221 Mattawoman Beantown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601. The pallbearers will be, Byron Bowling, Derrick Bowling, Austin Pankake, Scott Johnson, Jason Murphy, John Grubb and honorary pallbearer, Thomas Johnson. Arrangements by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home.


Norris, Cora Viola
Birth: Wednesday, May 10, 1939 in Great Mills, Maryland
Residence: Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 78
Laid to Rest: Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland
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Cora Viola Norris, 78, of Leonardtown, MD died on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 10, 1939 in Great Mills, MD, she is the daughter of the late George Clayton Russell and Rose Alice Suite Russell.

Cora was born and raised in St. Mary's County. She owned and operated an in home daycare for over 20 dedicated years, where she cared for and loved many children. She was fondly known as "Mommy Norris." After retiring from daycare she worked at the St. Mary's Nursing Center and later at Piney Point Elementary School in the cafeteria until she retired in 2007. She was a member of REACT for St. Mary's County.

On May 30, 1981, she married her beloved husband, Larry Eugene Norris under an old oak tree in Leonardtown, MD. Together they celebrated over 36 wonderful years of marriage. She was an avid softball player with over 30 years of play for St. Mary's County leagues. She received the Sportmanship Award and was inducted into the St. Mary's Hall of Fame. She also enjoyed canning and cooking. She held all the family gatherings and holidays at her home preparing large feasts. She enjoyed making delicious stuffed hams. Family was her greatest love and she enjoyed spending as much time as possible with all of them, especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her beloved husband, Larry, Cora is also survived by her children: Nancy Wadsworth of Leonardtown, MD, Dennis Woodburn (Gail) of Leonardtown, MD and Melissa Cullison (Mike) of St. George's Island, MD; her sister, Anna Mae Lore; her grandchildren: Joseph Rock, Robert Wadsworth, Leeann Wadsworth, Kyle Woodburn, Kurt Woodburn, Shannon Cullison, and Michael Cullison, Jr.; and many extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by ten brothers and 3 sisters.

Family will receive friends on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 7:00 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be celebrated by Deacon Ammon Ripple on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, MD.

Serving as pallbearers will be Joseph Rock, Kyle Woodburn, Leeann Wadsworth, Mike Cullison, Wayne Norris, and Mike Norris. Honorary pallbearers will be Kurt Woodburn, Robert Wadsworth, Michael Cullison, Jr. and Shannon Cullison. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

Gray, Ida Elizabeth
Birth: Thursday, October 07, 1920 in Budds Creek, Maryland
Residence: Chaptico, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 97
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Morganza, Maryland
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Ida Elizabeth "Bessie" Gray, 97, of Chaptico, MD passed away peacefully on October 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Ida was born October 7, 1920 in Budds Creek, MD to the late Joseph Dixie Hill and Ida Catherine (Thompson) Hill. Ida attended "the little pink school house" in Budds Creek but had to leave in high school to help work on the family farm.

On November 25, 1937 she married Albert Joseph Gray who proceeded her in death on March 13, 1967. Ida was a wife, mother, sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother, and Great-Great-Great-Grandmother. Ida was known as "Bessie" and also as "Grandma Gray." Ida loved flowers, her yard was full of beautiful flowers, which she was able to water and tend to until the age of 95, then she told her family how to take care of them for her. She enjoyed card parties, bingo, dancing, yard sales, walking and her "wood burning stove, she was known to have a large wood pile in her yard. Ida also babysat for many of her grandchildren. In 1984, Ida went back to school and earned her High School Diploma. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Ida is survived by her daughters; Marian Murdock (Gail) of Mechanicsville, MD, Barbara Ferguson of Bethel Park, PA, Ida Dishinger of Kaufman, TX, Rita Cole of Leonardtown, MD, Judy Frank (Charlie) of Loveville, MD, Elaine Joy (John) of Chaptico, MD, Glenda Mast (Wayne) of Mechanicsville, MD, and Maureen Abell (Timmy) of Leonardtown, MD, and her sons; Albert J. (Pat) Gray, Jr. (Betty Ann) of Waldorf, MD, and Michael Gray (Debbie) of Budds Creek, MD. Also her sister Catherine Ann Mullen (Duane) of Pensacola, FL. Ida is also survived by 22 Grandchildren, 46 Great-Grandchildren, 19 Great-Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great-Great-Grandchild. Also many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ida was also preceded in death by her Grand-daughter Kim Ferguson Necessary, who was her oldest grandchild and with whom she shared a birthday. Also four son-in-law's; David Anderson, Bill Dishinger, Bill Cole and Dave Ferguson, her sisters; Edith Hill (Zack), Ella Pilkerton (Fax), Anna Larsen (George) and Nellie Law (Larnie) and her brothers; Willie Hill (Louise) and Bruce Hill (Jean).

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 10:00AM in Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, Chaptico, MD with Father Michal Sajnog officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Morganza, MD.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons; Mark Murdock, Al Gray, Chris Cole, Jeffrey Gray, Danny Mast, and Timmy Abell, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers; The rest of her grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, MD 20659 or to Hospice of St. Mary's P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD. 20650. Arrangements by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home.

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