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Burch, Joseph McQuillan, Jr.
Birth: Tuesday, November 08, 1927 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland
Residence: La Plata, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at the age of 87
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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Joseph "Joe" McQuillan Burch, Jr., 87, of La Plata, MD passed in peace on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Genesis Nursing Home in La Plata, MD. Joe was born on November 8, 1927 in St. Mary's County to the late Joseph McQuillan Burch, Sr. and the late Bertha Marie Burch of Tappahannock, VA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Catherine Dean of La Plata, MD and Marie Strasburg; brothers, James Richard Burch of Clifton, MD and Treman Franklin Burch; and step-son, Gary Lynn Oliver of Newburg, MD.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Mazie Ann Oliver Burch of La Plata, MD. Joe is also survived by his sons, Joseph Aluyius Burch and his wife, Denise of Cobb Island, MD, William Bernie Burch and Ellie of Tennessee; step-daughters, Alberta Hickman and her husband, Dan of Fredericksburg, VA, Dorothy Drummond and her husband, Lenny of Westminster, CA, Janet Oliver and Kenny of Hollywood, MD, Cathy Waybright and her husband, Larry of Colonial Beach, VA and Cecelia Johnson and her husband, William of Welcome, MD; step-sons, Robert Oliver and his wife, Nancy of Charlotte Hall, MD, Lewis Phil Oliver and his wife, Judy of Nanjemoy, MD, Ernest Oliver and his wife, Dorothy of King George, VA and Donald Oliver and Barbra of Hughesville, MD; grandchildren, Sarah Burch of Cobb Island, MD and Isreal Burch of Waldorf, MD; Joe will also be missed by many step-children.

Joe was a member of St. Anthony Church in King George, VA. Joe was a farmer in his early years. Retired from State Hwy. Administration in La Plata, MD, Joe was the oldest of 11 children. He enjoyed dancing, country music, driving, yardwork and eating great food. Joe loved keeping his eyes on his wife, Mazie.

The family will receive friends at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, 211 St. Mary's Ave., La Plata, MD on Monday, September 14, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A Funeral Service will also be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Interment to follow at the Trinity Memorial Gardens Waldorf, MD.

Pallbearears are Steve Shifflett, Tony Oliver and Efferon. The Burch family would like to express their gratitude to Genesis Nursing Home in LaPlata, MD, as they were truly a blessing. The family also wishes to thank their Angel, Steve Shifflett, who spent endless hours at the hospital with Uncle Joe, supporting, loving and caring for him. We are forever grateful to you and we love you. Arrangements provided by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home.

Thomas, Shirley Marie
Birth: Friday, October 09, 1936 in Pisgah, Maryland
Residence: La Plata, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at the age of 78
Laid to Rest: Friday, September 18, 2015 in the St. Charles Cemetery, Glymont, Maryland
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On September 9, 2015, Shirley Marie Thomas (78), of La Plata (Mason Springs), Maryland, departed this earthly life and entered into eternal rest with the Lord. Shirley was the eldest child of the late Charles and Mary (Swann) Gray, born October 9, 1936 in Pisgah, MD.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Earl R. Thomas Sr., on September 3, 1955. They were the proud parents of six, the late Earl Jr., Patricia "Lynne", Teri, Joy, Eric, and Kim.

She attended Charles County Public Schools and was a graduate of Pomonkey High School. At an early age, she joined St. Mary's Star of the Sea, where she remained a faithful member until her passing.

After over 30 years of service with the Federal Government in the Washington Metropolitan area, she retired as a Facilities Service Employee. After retirement, Shirley joined and took great pleasure in sharing her many talents and hobbies with the Red Hat Society, Pomonkey High School Alumni Association, and the Town of Indian Head Senior/Community Center.

Prior to her illness, she enjoyed cooking. Her infamous potato salad was a family favorite. She also enjoyed Sunday dinner with her children and grandchildren, playing Bingo, Pokeno, shopping, and entertaining for family parties! When you saw her, you could always count on her smile.

She leaves to cherish her sweet memories, her children who will miss her dearly: Patricia "Lynne" Thomas, Teri Thomas-Bannister (husband Delmar), Joy Sheff (husband Odell), Eric Thomas, Sr. (wife Therese) and Kim Kearse-Rice (husband Rodney); like a daughter, LaSata Ball; siblings: Jimmy, David, Rose, Alice "Mae," Melvin, Sylvester "Vest," Lionel "Lonnie," Carroll, Thomas "Calvin," and Joseph "Joe;" grandchildren: Javon, Anton, LaTashia, LeKesha, Thomas, Terrod, Tiffany, Derrick, Eric Jr., Ebonee, Alexis, Rodney Jr., and Troy Jr; great grandchildren: Deja, Devonte, Aaliyah, Eric, Erica, Dapria, Shayla, Dylan, Nyah, Anaijah, Kamiyah, Amari, Angel, Shania and Devin; great-great grandson: Ahlyas. Shirley also has a host other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, husband and son, Shirley was preceded in death by her brother, Steve.

Viewing, 8:00am until 10:00am Friday, September 18, 2015 in the Chapel of Thornton Funeral Home, P.A., 3439 Livingston Road, Indian Head, Maryland. Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00am at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 30 Mattingly Avenue, Indian Head, Maryland. Interment, St. Charles Cemetery, Glymont, Maryland. Arrangements provided by Thornton Funeral Home.

Thompson, Marsha Linnelle
Birth: Monday, November 10, 1969 in La Plata, Maryland
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at the age of 45
Laid to Rest: Thursday, September 17, 2015 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, La Plata, Maryland
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An "Amazing" Woman, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Niece and Friend

Marsha L. Thompson, was born on November 10, 1969, in La Plata, Maryland to George Marshall and Linda Susan Thompson. She passed peacefully on September 9, 2015. Marsha's devotion to her family and strength in God supported her during this courageous battle and ultimately gave her peace.

She was the oldest of two children and the oldest grandchild to the late Thelma and George L. Matthews, whom she loved and cherished dearly. She, along with her sister, Tijuan, enjoyed many holidays and summer vacations with their grandparents in La Plata, Maryland. Marsha took charge being the oldest sibling and grandchild, which meant control over all the grandchildren. She was like the "parent" in the house at times.

She enjoyed reading, skating, and enjoyed playing bingo with her friends. In her early childhood to adult years, skating became her "hobby" and she loved to skate, as she would always sing, "Flying on a Wind Screen." She loved singing Teena Marie and Phyllis Hyman songs. She enjoyed dancing and singing and attending dance recitals with her sister.

Marsha was educated at St. Thomas Moore and All Saints Catholic High School in Washington, D.C. She later transferred and graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland in 1987. At that time, she began her college studies at Montgomery College and later the University of Phoenix, where she recently obtained a Master's Degree in Health Administration. She was very ambitious about her studies and becoming the best she could be in the health field. She was always writing papers and researching and later began researching her illness as part of her study.

She enjoyed her first job as a Pharmacy Technician, until later taking a position with the National Institute of Health (NIH), then working at various law firms, finally settling in at Jones Day in the District of Columbia. She was a courageous young woman and a dedicated employee, who never liked to miss a day of work. Marsha was feisty, headstrong and sometimes brutally honest.

Marsha leaves to cherish her memory loving parents, Linda and George; sister, Tijuan (Leroy); niece, Loren Sanders; aunts and uncles and a host of other cousins, relatives and special lifetime friends; Kisha Martin-Burney, Michelle Young and Everette Thomas. She is preceded in death by her late grandparents, George L. and Thelma D. Matthews and Sidney Fairfax and Thelma Thompson.

The family has lost a "Precious Flower" from our garden, but she will forever remain in our hearts. She will truly be missed by all who loved and knew her.

Her viewing will be held from 9am until Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30am on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 201 St. Mary's Avenue, La Plata, Maryland 20646. Interment Church Cemetery. Arrangements provided by Thornton Funeral Home.

Oliver, Dionne Marie
Birth: Friday, October 21, 1966
Residence: Great Mills, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at the age of 48
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Dionne Marie Oliver, 48, of Great Mills, MD passed away suddenly on September 9, 2015 at her residence. Born October 21, 1966 she is the beloved daughter of the late Frayne Chilton Lydick, Jr. and Kathryn Adala Siemon Lydick.

On November 12, 1988 Dionne married her beloved husband, George Bernard Oliver, Jr. in Mechanicsville, MD. They celebrated over 26 wonderful years of marriage together.

She was employed as a Manager for Walmart in California, MD. Dionne liked to go to car shows with her husband. She also enjoyed holding and loving on babies, especially her niece, Savannah and nephew, Markie. Her greatest love was for her family, whom she enjoyed spending as much time as possible with.

In addition to her husband, she is also survived by her children, Samantha Oliver of Hollywood, MD, Georgiana Oliver of Hollywood, MD, and Michael Oliver (Erika) of Waldorf, MD; her siblings, Teresa Burdette of Huntingtown, MD, Gene Lydick (Tina) of Roanoke, VA, Sarah Lichtenstein (Dave)of Davenport, FL, Susie Babcock (Rita) of Midwest, OK, Michael Lydick (Karen) of Lake City, FL, and Larry Lydick (Debbie) of Baltimore, MD; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother, Frayne Chilton Lydick III.

Family will receive friends for Dionne's Life Celebration on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Service of Remembrance at 7:00 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD. Interment will be private. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Chaney, Nicole Rae
Birth: Tuesday, October 06, 1970 in Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas
Residence: Dunkirk, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, September 08, 2015 at the age of 44
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Nicole Rae Chaney (nee) Juhl of Dunkirk, MD passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at the age of 44.

Nicole Rae Chaney was born on October 6, 1970 in a hurricane-damaged hospital aboard Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Conditions were Spartan and she was even switched with another baby as they were handed out for feeding. Mom notices right away even before unwrapping, but had to go all the way to convince a skeptical nurse. We had a girl baby, Mrs. Juhl was handed a boy baby. Nicole's fighting spirit had an early start.

Her Navy parents soon moved to Monterey, CA and from there to Naval Air Station Alameda, CA. When her dad's ship changed home port to San Diego, she and the rest of her family, including the family car, were loaded on board and sailed south; her first cruise. From California they moved to Salt Lake City, UT, where she started school. After Utah they spent time in Iowa attending Ventura Public School and then overseas to Atsugi Air Base, Japan, where they spent almost four years getting her part way through middle school. A high light of living in Japan were many activities, including living Japanese style (frozen water in the kitchen on winter mornings) and a hiking trip to observe sunrise up MT. Fuji with her Dad. After Japan they spent two years in New York City living on Governors Island. Riding a Coast Guard ferry to Manhattan every day for school near midtown; a long MTA bus ride. This is another time her sense of adventure kicked in, as her and school chums would catch rides home with limo drivers headed down to Wall Street in the afternoons after school for regular fares.

After New York and Dad's retirement from the Navy, she lived in Southern Maryland and graduated from Leonardtown High School. She was elected Senior Class President after only attending there for two years. She was a member of the Track Team at Leonardtown and a school cheerleader as well. Following High School she attended and graduated from St. Mary's University in St. Mary's City, MD with a degree in Political Sciences. After that she served in a number of jobs in law offices in Southern Maryland before landing a job in Washington, DC. She quickly climbed to managing the Accounting Office for other prominent law firms in Washington, DC.

In 1994, Nicole met a young man through a mutual friend. Little did she know, but Robert Chaney, Jr. would become the love of her life. They married on September 5, 1998. In 1999, they moved to Dunkirk and started their family, Mason was born in 2000, followed by Riley in 2002 and Nathan in 2006. During these years, she also obtained two additional undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland, volunteered at Relay for Life and served as an officer in the Dunkirk Warriors Lacrosse club.

The family enjoyed going to Myrtle Beach and traveling to different towns to discover new and exciting treasures they held. Vacations always centered around family adventures, she really enjoyed being together as a family. Nicole was never too tired to attend children's sporting events, school activities and see to their homework. On top of all this she paid regular visits to her parents home in North Carolina traveling there by train and husband Rob coming down later for the drive home. Nicole had a special love of life. Her smile would light up a room no matter how she felt or what she was doing. She brought laughter and happiness to everyone around her. She had an overwhelming kindness to all her friends and coworkers. It was said by many who worked for her that she was the best "Boss" and if it wasn't for her they would have left the law firm.

Nicole is survived by her husband, Robert L. Chaney, Jr.; three children; Mason 15, Riley 13 and Nathan 9; a sister Coleen Rae Alexander and her husband Garry and their two children, EmaLee and Joseph; her parents Douglas and Paula Juhl and parents-in-law Robert and Evelyn Chaney. She is also survived by numerous other family and friends.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P O Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements provided by Lee Funeral Home.

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