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Swann, Albert Eugene, Sr.
Birth: Thursday, August 02, 1945 in Nanjemoy, Maryland
Residence: Pomfret, Maryland
Death: Friday, February 22, 2013 at the age of 67
Laid to Rest: Saturday, March 02, 2013 in the Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Nanjemoy, Maryland
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Deacon Albert Eugene Swann, Sr., 67, (affectionately known as "Scottie") became absent from the body and present with the Lord on Friday, February 22, 2013. Scottie was born on August 2, 1945 in Nanjemoy, Maryland to the late Lillian Swann and the late Oscar Posey.

He was educated in the Charles County public school system graduating from Pomonkey High School in 1963. Scottie began his government career in April 1966 as a Propellant Handler on a temporary appointment at the Naval Ordnance Station in Indian Head, Maryland. Scottie was drafted by the United States Army in May 1966 and served in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in May 1968. A month after his discharge, he continued on with his government career at the Naval Ordnance Station. Scottie left his career at Indian Head after being selected for a position at the United States Bureau of the Census, Foreign Trade Division from which he retired in December 2001 after 35 years of Government Service.

After retiring, Scottie went to work for Colony Farms in Accokeek, Maryland. He worked there for 11 years.

Scottie committed his life to the lordship of Jesus Christ at an early age. He was a faithful member of the Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church and served faithfully until his health began to decline. He was faced with a lot of challenges during his illness but yet he never complained. He served on the Trustee Board, was the Vice-Chairman of the Deacon Board, President of the Male Chorus and Senior Choir and a member of the Devotion Team where he ushered in the spirit of the Lord on Sunday mornings.

Scottie was also a member of the Gospel Soul Seekers and held the positions of Business Manager, Treasurer and was one of the Lead Singers. He was an avid Washington Redskins fan. He also had a great passion for bowling and loved traveling, landscaping and working on his antique car and truck.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, P. Dianne Swann; four brothers; Robert, George, Clifton and Roy Swann; and two sisters, Genevieve and Merliene Swann.

Scottie will be greatly missed by his family and leaves to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted wife of three years, Mary (Tang) Swann, who selflessly stood by his side tending to his every need; three children, Albert, Jr., Eurica and A. EuRon. After his marriage to Tang, he was blessed with additional children; Stephanie, Donna, Dale, Marcieta, Michelle and Kimberely. His siblings: four sisters, Evelyn, Audrey, Renetta and Mary Everdine; three brothers, Harold, Sr., Lawrence, and Norman, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Doris "Sugar", Estelle, Irene, Doris and Margaret; brothers-in-law, Joseph, Sr., Reverend Earl Britt and Robert Taylor; 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 8705 Gilroy Road, Nanjemoy, Maryland. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Thornton Funeral Home, P.A., Indian Head, Maryland.

Martin, Linda Donovan
Birth: Tuesday, June 01, 1943 in Washington, DC
Residence: St. Inigoes, Maryland
Death: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the age of 69
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Linda Donovan Martin, 69 of St. Inigoes, MD died February 21, 2013 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on June 1, 1943 in Washington, D.C. she was the daughter of the late Joseph Clinton Bailey and Dorothy Curlis Bailey.

Linda was a lifelong resident of St. Mary's County. On December 5, 1981, she married her beloved husband, John Martin. Together they celebrated 31 wonderful years together.

Her past employment included working as an administrative assistant for Judge John Hanson Briscoe. She was an active member of Patuxent Presbyterian Church in California, MD. She belonged to the church choir, helped to facilitate outreach programs and Bible study, knitted caps for the underprivileged, and served as a Deacon, Lay Minister and Elder for the Church.

Linda's calling was caring for people. She loved to spend her time helping others. She was an avid history buff and a lifelong student. Her quest for knowledge led to her love for reading. She was a Docent for historic St. Mary's City for over fifteen years and served as President of the Docents. She was a White House volunteer serving under President George W. Bush. She was a member of the Ridge Lions Club for over fifteen years, serving as past President and earning the Melvin Jones Award. She volunteered as a court mediator for St. Mary's County for three years. She was a world traveler, visiting Paris, Scotland, Alaska, Ireland and London. She loved to camp, especially at Douthat State Park in Virginia. She had a great sense of humor. Her greatest love in life was her family, especially her grandchildren. She was their biggest cheerleader at all their sporting events. She also loved her dog, Audree.

In addition to her beloved husband, Linda is survived by her children, Holly Snyder (Steve) of St. Inigoes, MD, Patrick Donovan of Pasadena, MD and John "Bill" Martin of Great Mills, MD; her sister, Irene Bailey Parrish (Leonard) of Lexington Park, MD; her grandchildren, Dustin Duke, Kelsey Duke, Priscilla Bisset, Miranda Donovan, Jack Donovan, Ethan Snyder and Skylar Grace Donovan; and her nephew, Donald "Gene" Graves.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California, MD 20619. A Funeral Service will be celebrated by Pastor Michael Jones at 2:00 PM. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California, MD 20619.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Bush, Grace Elizabeth
Birth: Thursday, November 08, 1945 in Baltimore, Maryland
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the age of 67
Laid to Rest: in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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Grace Elizabeth "Betty" Bush, 67, of Lexington Park, MD, passed away on February 21, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, after a short illness at the Hospice House of St. Mary's in Callaway, MD. Born November 8, 1945 in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth Barnes.

Betty was educated at the Cardinal Gibbons Institute, where she made life-long friends and experiences.

On May 19, 1965, she married her late husband, Curtis Bush at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lexington Park, MD. Together they celebrated 30 wonderful years of marriage before his death in 1995.

She was employed as a Building Services Manager for St. Mary's County Public Schools for 34 years at Greenview Knolls Elementary School. She was affectionately known as the "Red Hat Lady." She was most proud of the children that she worked with at Greenview Knolls. The teachers, staff and children were her second family.

She enjoyed music and dancing, and was known to get everyone out onto the floor. Betty loved to laugh and enjoyed all jokes no matter how clean or dirty. She truly enjoyed meeting new people. Betty never met a stranger, just a friend she had not met yet. No matter the situation, she would give you good advice, a shoulder to cry on, a smile to lift your spirits or do something that always seemed to make you feel like you were the most special person in the world.

Betty is survived by her sons, Mark Eric Bush (Heidi) of Great Mills, MD and Kelsey Bush (Cathey) of California, MD; her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Madison and Curtis; her siblings, Deniece Campbell of Fort Washington, MD, Marilyn Barnes of Great Mills, MD, Elaine Barnes of Leonardtown, MD and Kenneth Barnes of Mitchellville, MD; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Roland Barnes and her sister-in-law, Celestine Barnes.

Family will receive friends for Betty's Life Celebration of Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 10 to 11 AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Pawel Sass at 11 AM. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and Health Share of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 1208, Leonardtown, MD 20650. The family expresses sincere thanks and gratitude to the Cancer Recovery Center and MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Cancer Care and Infusion Services.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Combs, Mary Virginia
Birth: Wednesday, July 13, 1927 in Mt. Rainier, Maryland
Residence: Greenville, New Hampshire
Death: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the age of 85
Laid to Rest: Friday, March 01, 2013 in the Holy Face Catholic Church Cemetery, Great Mills, Maryland
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Mary Virginia Combs, 85, of Greenville, NH died Friday, February 21, 2013 at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, NH with family and friends by her side. Born in Mt. Rainier, MD on July 13, 1927, she was the daughter of the late George William and Emma Mae Gibson Crump.

She was the wife of the late William Clayton Combs whom she married at St. Gabriel's Church in Washington, DC on July 13, 1945.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Lee Courage (David M.), three grandchildren, Christopher and William Courage, and Kelly Ann Clark, two great-grandsons, Colby and Jordan Clark, and a great-granddaughter, Emma Jean Clark.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Clayton Combs in 2007 and her son Robert William Combs in 1992. She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, George William Crump, Jr., Guy Crump, Alma Louise Combs, Robert M. Crump, Bernard Crump, and Florence Mae Gelvin.

Mrs. Combs worked for Science Service in Washington, DC until she became a homemaker. Her greatest passions in life were her family, fishing, gardening, and crocheting.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM in Holy Face Catholic Church, with Father Joseph Calis officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Second District volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD 20692.

Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD.

Abell, Dorothy Mae
Birth: Monday, July 31, 1922 in Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the age of 90
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland
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Dorothy Mae Wathen Hardin Abell passed away peacefully on February 21, 2013. She was born on July 31, 1922 in Leonardtown, MD, to John Wellington Wathen and Anna Mae Long Wathen. She was the eldest of four children.

Mrs. Abell graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1939. After graduation, she moved to Washington, DC where later she met a handsome young airman at Bolling Field named Romelus Hilbert Hardin of Elizabethton, TN. They married in 1946. Mr. Hardin died in 1957 in a car crash. In 1960 she married George W. Abell. They had a long and happy marriage. Mr. Abell died in 1998.

Mrs. Abell was known to her family as Pon Mama. She adored her grandchildren. She loved flowers, playing cards and her beloved cats. She provided love and care to many cats over the years. She was an excellent cook. She raised vegetables and flowers through her 90th year. She was quite interested in genealogy. Her memory was excellent and she was considered the "family historian". She was very kind hearted and generous. She had a delightful sense of humor.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers: George Alfred Wathen, Melvin Aloysius Wathen and John W. Wathen, Jr.

Survivors include her daughter Helen Maxine Alvey and her husband, John, of Port Tobacco, MD, granddaughters: Deborah Edwards and her husband, Ray, of King George, VA., Amanda Devito and her husband, Dominic, of Port Tobacco, MD and 7 great grandsons: Austin Edwards and Tyler Edwards of King George, VA., and Richard Michael Waldbauer, Blake Waldbauer and Zachary Waldbauer and Daniel Devito and David Devito of Port Tobacco, MD and one great granddaughter Rachel Marie Edwards of King George, VA. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends on Monday February 25, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, 211 St. Mary's Ave., La Plata, MD. 20646. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday February 26, 2013 10 AM at the St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown, Md. Interment to follow at the Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, MD.

Pallbearers will be Ray Edwards, Austin Edwards, Tyler Edwards, Dominic Devito, Richard Michael Waldbauer and Dale Wathen.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rachel Edwards, Blake Waldbauer and Zachery Waldbauer.

Arrangements provided by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home.

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