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|Horton, Grace Calhoun
Birth: 1921-07-12 in Selma, Alabama
|Grace Calhoun Horton, 88, of Solomons, Maryland, died of respiratory failure August 28 in Washington, D.C.|
She was born July 12, 1921 in Selma, AL, to Otis Vaughn Calhoun and Mary Byrne Calhoun. She graduated in 1943 from Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL, where she was president of her senior class. After working in the field of child welfare from 1943-46, she pursued a master's degree in social work at the University of Chicago.
She was married to John Ryder Horton in June 1947. After he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, she accompanied him to posts in the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Uruguay and Mexico. Three of their four children were born overseas. While in Hong Kong, she worked with the International Social Service in helping refugees from China, primarily abandoned and orphan children, find homes in America. It was during that work that she met the late Mabel Ingalls, who at the time owned the Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, MD.
Her friendship with Mrs. Ingalls led to the family being invited to spend time at Sotterley, beginning in 1962. In 1975, on Mr. Horton's retirement from the CIA, Mrs. Ingalls generously made available to the Hortons land near Sotterley, on which Mr. Horton built a house overlooking the Patuxent River. The Hortons named their place Cornwaleys Fresh and lived there for the next 25 years.
While living near Sotterley, Mrs. Horton led and participated in a wide variety of community activities. She served on the Sotterley Foundation board of trustees, including a term as a vice-president. She was a charter member of the League of Women Voters chapter for St. Mary's County, serving two terms as president. She was among the founders of the Healthshare agency, which assists low income people in meeting health care needs not funded by Medicare or Medicaid. She served on the St. Mary's County human relations committee, which focuses on discrimination claims and issues, as well as on the county's affordable housing commission. She helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by translating information sent in Spanish from Central America regarding banded birds. She was an ardent and lifelong Democrat, and a long-time member of the Women's National Democratic Club.
Throughout her life Mrs. Horton read widely and occasionally took college courses, most recently at St. Mary's College of Maryland. After she and her husband moved to the Asbury Solomons Island retirement community in 2000, they led the effort to arrange for courses taught by St. Mary's College faculty to be offered at Asbury Solomons. In recognition of their leadership, St. Mary's College designated its program of community courses as the Grace and John Horton Explorations in Learning Program.
She maintained her interest in world events to virtually the end of her life, most recently through her involvement in the Episcopal Church's Millennium Development Goals program.
She and her husband attended Patuxent Presbyterian Church while living at Sotterley, and attended St. Peter's Chapel after moving to Solomons.
Her husband, John R. Horton, died in 2007. She leaves four children, Andrew M. Horton of Falmouth, Maine, Mary C. Horton of Washington, D.C., David R. Horton of St.Johnsbury, Vermont, and Jane B. Horton of Decatur, Georgia, and seven grandchildren, as well as a sister, Margaret McIlwain of North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Jane Cabanyes of Madrid, Spain, and many nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 26, at the Middleham Chapel, 10210 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby, MD.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the St. Mary's College Foundation, designated for the Grace and John Horton Explorations in Learning Program, at the following address: Office of Lifelong Learning, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd,.St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001.
Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.
|Lyons, Darleen Christine
Birth: 1943-11-11 in Washington, DC
|Darleen Christine Lyons, 65, of Bryantown, MD, died August 28, 2009, at Civista Medical Center, La Plata.|
Ms. Lyons attended Oxon Hill High School and was a Sales Executive for the Southland Corporation for 20 years. After retiring, she lived on a farm in Bryantown with her husband where she enjoyed the animals, especially her pet geese.
Born November 11, 1943, in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of Delia Chatman and the late Harland Chatman.
Predeceased by her father.
Survived by her husband, Richard Boone Sr.; her mother, Delia Chatman; sons, Sean W. and his wife Michele Lyons of Huntingtown, MD; Michael P. and his wife Stacy Lyons of Accokeek, MD; and Timothy W. and his wife Lorre Lyons of King George, VA; brothers, Robert Chatman of Crofton, MD; James Chatman of Bryantown, MD; and William Chatman of Ocean City, MD; sisters, Delores Pittman of Hagerstown, MD; Elaine Wallace of FL; and Cherie McClung of Alexandria, VA; grandchildren, Jane and Nicholas.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 2, 2009, from 6PM to 8PM at Raymond Funeral Chapel.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, September 3, 2009, at 11AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Bryantown, MD.
Father Rory Conley will officiate.
Interment will be at the Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Maryland Chapter, 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III, Suite 100, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.
Arrangemetns provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
|Yates, Jane "Penny"
Birth: 1947-01-07 in Norfolk,Virginia
|Jane Allen Tyler Yates, 62, of La Plata,Md.|
Jane "Penny" Tyler Yates 62 of La Plata, Md. died August 28, 2009 at Civista Medical Center. Born January 7, 1947 in Norfolk,Va. Since her retirement she enjoyed the daily companionship of her husband and Highschool sweethart. She enjoyed going to Captain Billy's to have her "Crab Therapy" as often as she could. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends at Casey Jones and long weekends on the Eastern Shore. Most of all she Loved being a Momma and a Grammie.
She was the daughter of the late Evelyn Jane Jackson Tyler and the late John Goodenow Tyler, II.
She is survived by her husband of over forty-three years Daniel Joseph Yates, children Dana Edwards, Lisa Zanelotti, Catherine Price and her husband Dan. Her grandchildren Bryan and Anthony Zanelotti, Tyler and Matthew Price, sisters Patricia Fulfod and her husband George, Sue Tyler, and her brother John Goodenow Tyler, III and his wife Bee.
Funeral services will be held on Friday September 4, 2009 3pm at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home La Plata, Md. 20646. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Children P.O. Box 2924 La Plata, Md. 20646.
Arrangements provided by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home.
|St. Don, Donald C.
Birth: 1941-12-13 in Bedford, Massachusetts
|Donald St. Don, 67 of Piney Point, MD died August 27, 2009 at his residence.|
Born December 13, 1941 in Bedford, MA, he was the son of the late Napoleon and Emma St. Don.
Don served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1963; he was an avid waterman catching crabs and oysters, he also enjoyed working in his workshop with his friends. He loved to be with his family as much as he could.
Mr. St. Don is survived by his loving wife Cecelia St. Don, children; Jim and partner Cheryl, Tammy and son-in-law Eric, Vicki and son-in-law Kenny, Scott and partner Leigh, grandchildren; Michael and wife Mandy, Jason and partner Kristen, Deb and fiancé T.J., Heather, Spencer, Sydni, and Johnathan, great-grandchildren, Chase and Marissa, also survived by two brother and two sisters.
Family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD where a Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Father Lee Fangmeyer officiating.
Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 429, Ridge, MD 20680.
Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
|Smoot, Ruth Francine
Birth: 1950-09-21 in Washington, DC
|Ruth Francine Smoot 58, affectionately known to most as “Francine,” entered into eternal rest on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Born, September 21, 1950 in Washington, DC she was the daughter of the late Francis and the late Ruth Frederick.|
Francine attended Charles County Public Schools. She was raised as a Catholic and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Plata, MD. However, in the past six months, she began to yearn for a deeper understanding of the things of God, and when her health allowed, attended the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Indian Head Maryland. The Cornerstone Church family honored her with a poem entitled “Sister Smoot, You.” She was employed as a custodian at the GSA Administration Building in Washington, DC but during her later years was a part-time Bartender at Sartik’s where she became the “right hand” to Mr. Thornton, often accompanying him to pick up supplies, place orders and on occasion, work the evening viewings at Thornton Funeral Home. Her family became a part of the Thornton Family. Francine could also be found in the kitchen selling dinners or helping others with the sale of their dinners. She was a vibrant woman always willing to give a helping hand to the very end.
Francine had a quick wit and could give you one of those looks that spoke volumes. She was never afraid to speak her mind. She enjoyed her family and the time they spent together, especially when making her annual visit to see her brother, Glenard in Ohio. Francine dearly loved her grandchildren, and appreciated the company of her friends. She listened to oldies but goodies and classified herself as a hand dancing queen. She especially enjoyed being with her loving and devoted sister-in-law, Carolyn Woodland.
In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Margaret Smoot and brother-in-law, Joe Louis.
Left to cherish many fond memories are her husband, Thomas Smoot, Sr., five children, Elroy(Sherry), Shelley, Chrystal, and Damian Smoot and Nate' Barbour, thirteen grandchildren; Darius, Eric, Terrez, Tevin, Jameya, Tyron, Nakeisha, Jaqua'n, Deiontre, Aniyah, Jasmine, Kiara, and Diago two sisters, Lynette(James-Bunky) Smoot, Darlene(Mitchell) Cole, an adopted sister, Yvonne Johnson, two brothers, John and Glenard Frederick, one aunt, Pearl Jackson, mother-in-law, Hazel Smoot, five sisters-in-law, Harriett Roland, Jerline Smoot, Sarah(Sally) Whittaker, Shirley Chase, and Carolyn Woodland, two brothers-in-law, John and Robert Smoot, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Her viewing will be held on Monday, August 31, 2009 from 9:00am until time of service 11:00am at Thornton Funeral Home, P.A., 3439 Livingston Road, Indian Head, MD 20640. Interment Sacred Heart Catholic Church, LaPlata, MD.
Arrangements provided by Thornton Funeral Home.
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