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|Ragan, Michael William, Sr.
Birth: 1944-05-31 in Washington, D.C.
|Michael William Ragan, Sr., 70, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on January 1, 2015 at Hospice House of St. Mary's in Callaway, MD. He was born on May 31, 1944 in Washington, DC to the late Paul E. Ragan and Margaret (Schleigh) Ragan.|
In addition to his parents, Michael was predeceased by his son, Michael William Ragan, Jr. and his brother, Richard Ragan.
Michael is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Christine Lynn and Dennis Repasi of Mechanicsville, MD; brothers, Paul Ragan and Raymond Ragan; sister, Margaret Thomas; four grandchildren, Victoria Repasi, Steven Repasi, Bailie Anthony and Julia Repasi.
Family and friends will be received to celebrate Michael's life during a gathering on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3221 Mattawoman-Beantown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601.
Memorial contributions in Michael's memory may be made to: Hospice House of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home.
|Cox, Kimberly Ann
|Kimberly Ann Cox entered eternal life on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015. Her spirit is carried by her parents, Lloyd and Sharon Cox, her two sisters, Kathleen and Rebecca, and her extended family of relatives and friends from every walk of life. We were blessed to have Kim for 26 years. She had a positive heart, a sensitive ear, and a gentle soul. Those who were lucky enough to know her shared her gifts in abundance.|
Kim was a proud graduate of Penn State University and currently enrolled as a graduate student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh pursuing a Masters degree in Teaching. Kim dedicated her life to people, especially children. Her work included teaching those who needed reading intervention, working with special needs students at a Charter School, and spearheading major fund raising events for the Penn State Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, a pediatric cancer philanthropy that Kim held dear.
In her short lifetime, Kim stayed connected with those she loved. She is survived by her parents and two sisters, her grandmother, Barbara Lawrence, her grandfather, Lloyd G. Cox, Sr., her Aunt Susan Dyer (Uncle Joe, cousin Matthew); Uncle Greg Lawrence (cousins Ashley and Monica); Aunt Nancy Smith (Uncle Leon, cousins Jessica, Kristen, Kelly), Uncle John Lawrence (Aunt Erin, cousins Grady, Ben, Jay), cousin Samantha Lawrence, Uncle John Cox (Aunt Maresha, cousins Austin, Melanie, Alexis, Kensington) and many dear friends that she considered her treasures. Kim is reunited with her grandmother, Betty Cox, her grandfather, Edward Lawrence, and her Uncle Glenn Lawrence .
The Cox Family will greet friends at noon on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown, Maryland. A Mass of Life Celebration will follow at 1:00pm. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Penn State Dance Marathon, a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home.
|Castleberry, Wilberton , Sr.
|Smith, Madalyn Elizabeth
Birth: 1933-02-16 in South Carolina
|Madalyn Elizabeth Smith, 81, of La Plata, MD died on January 1, 2015 at home. Born February 16, 1933 in South Carolina, she was the oldest daughter of the late Danner David Lusk and the late Essie Garrett Lusk. She was a retired office manager.|
She enjoyed spending time with family, reading, working crossword puzzles and attending the local Blue Crabs games as a Silver Slugger Member. She also enjoyed cheering for the Redskins and playing darts. She especially loved her last vacation this past summer in Hilton Head.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph O. Smith, Jr. who she married on June 4, 1950 and her brother Virgil (Wallace) Lusk. She is survived by her children Priscilla Tillery, Gregory Smith and Michael Smith; brother Charles (Sonny) Lusk; sister Margaret (Judy) Campbell; eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Friends and family will be received on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10am until time of service at noon at the Raymond Funeral Service Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646. Burial will immediately follow funeral service at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf, MD.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association. Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
|Levering, Sarah Elizabeth
Birth: 1929-06-25 in Kinston, North Carolina
|Sarah Elizabeth “Betty” Grainger Levering, passed peacefully on December 31, 2014, surrounded by the love of family and friends and her faith in God. She died at the University of Virginia Transitional Care Hospital, following a stay at Inova Fairfax Hospital since late November for multiple bouts of pneumonia complicated by Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Betty was born in Kinston, NC on June 25, 1929, the daughter of James Marion Grainger, Sr. and Elizabeth Wilson Morton Grainger. Her mother later married Dr. Robert R. King following the death of Mr. Grainger. |
Betty is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 46 years, Charles Russell Levering (1994), and her brother James Marion Grainger, Jr. and her parents. She is survived by her devoted daughters, Bonnie Rafer (Bruce) and Nancy Hicks (Jody Lucas); grandchildren, Brandy Rafer (David Spaulding), Carrie Rafer Libell (Mark), Christopher Hennen; and great grandchildren, George, Scott and Erik Hennen. Also, she is survived by her loving brother-in-law Richard Levering and his wife Lynn, and nieces Sherrie and Jennie Grainger and nephew Robert Levering and his wife Celeste. In addition, she leaves behind a host of friends from every facet of life, and particularly her special caretakers, Mary Coates and Frank Thomas.
Betty grew up in Louisburg, NC, and recalled a fun life, including playing trumpet in band and playing reveille at Girl Scout Camp. She remained in contact with childhood friends until her death. Betty attended Louisburg College and later classes at the Charles County Community College/CSM.
Betty was an active realtor (Graduate Realtor designation) with Baldus Real Estate from 1986 until the time of her death and a member of the Southern Maryland Board of Realtors. She loved helping people with their housing needs and caring for her clients. Previously, Betty had careers with the Charles County Board of Education as a secretary and media specialist where she thoroughly enjoyed daily interactions with the students and video recording sporting and other events. In the mid 1970’s she joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture working in the Information Office directly for the Administrator of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.
Betty has been an active member of the Episcopal faith at Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish, and Christ Church, Old Durham Parish since moving to Maryland from North Carolina 66 years ago following her marriage to Russell. Throughout the years she was involved in Altar Guild, Sunday School, Youth Group, Vacation Bible School, Nursery, Worship and Music Committee, Church Bazaars, Dinners, ECW, and discussion groups such as Loaves and Fishes and Alpha. A highlight of her church activity involved the creation of parish directories during time with both of her church affiliations. She truly appreciated the gifts of God, and her fellow parishioners and especially her recent priests, The Reverend Timothy Johnson of Port Tobacco Parish and The Reverend Molly McCarty, Old Durham Parish.
Betty was a 60-year member of the Charles County Garden Club, known for her long leadership as Bird Chairman, and her chairmanship of the Charles County Bus Tour for the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage every three years. She was an early member of the Port Tobacco Players, and enjoyed performing in many theatrical shows and later attending and supporting the group. She was a member of the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco, the Historical Society of Charles County and the Daughters of the American Revolution, Halifax Convention, Charlotte, NC.
Betty had a zest for life, greeting each day with renewed joy and delight. She passionately adored her family and enjoyed people, her cozy home, her yard with a huge variety of plants, gardening, floral design, cooking, bridge, tennis, theater, sports, needlework and her beloved wild birds and animals and the array of pets throughout her life, and her dear hunter cat, Clyde. She loved traveling, especially to the beach, and being with friends and family, and staying involved in community activities. She was a staunch advocate for justice and patriotism, and was adamant about staying abreast of the local political issues. Throughout her life, Betty was a true supporter of her family, and delighted in attending events in which her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren participated. As a spectator, she cheered not only her own family, but their teammates and friends whom she considered her own as well.
Visitation will be at Christ Episcopal Church, Port Tobacco Parish, La Plata, on Sunday, January 4, with prayer opening at 4, followed by visiting until 6. Funeral Services will be at Christ Church, La Plata on Monday, January 5, at 11 a.m., with burial at Mount Rest Cemetery, La Plata.
Memorial donations in Betty’s memory are requested to Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish; Christ Church, Old Durham Parish, or the Charles County Humane Society. Arrangements are by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata, Maryland.
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