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Headley, Lynn Willoughby
Birth: Monday, July 10, 1933 in Willard, Ohio
Residence: La Plata, Maryland
Death: Saturday, February 08, 2020 at the age of 86
Laid to Rest: Friday, February 21, 2020 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Lynn Willoughby Headley, 86, of La Plata, MD died on February 8, 2020 at Genesis La Plata Center. Lynn was born on July 10, 1933 in Willard, OH to the late A. Gordon and Shirley (Pedicord) Willoughby. Lynn was married to Vernon Charles Headley in 1952. They were married for 62 years before his death in 2014. Lynn graduated from Anacostia High School in 1951. She worked as a secretary for the Federal Government, where she retired from The Naval Research Laboratory in 1991, with over 30 years of service.

Lynn was a very happy, kind woman, a "true lady". She loved her family and her many friends. She always had a smile on her face and was known to socialize with anyone she met. Lynn was loved by all who knew her. Lynn loved and enjoyed reading a book and relaxing on the beach, whether it was at their house in Colonial Beach or when she and Vernon would "snow bird" to Florida for the winter. Lynn was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, where she was the head of the drill team, leading parades and actively involved in fun, frolic, and fellowship. She enjoyed ceramics, sewing, crafts, flower and vegetable gardens. Lynn loved going out for a good meal; crabs and wine were her favorites.

Lynn is survived by her two daughters: Teresa L. Greene and her husband Phil of Waldorf, and Karen S. Young and her husband Rick of La Plata; three grandsons: Brian P. Welch, Dylan S. Welch and his wife Emily, and William P. Greene; and one sister, Jane K. Willoughby. Memorial Service for Lynn and Vernon will be on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 2:30 PM at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, MD 20623. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Lynn's honor to the charity of your choosing.

Chew, Donesha Floraine
Birth: Monday, November 30, 1998 in Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Sunday, February 09, 2020 at the age of 21
Laid to Rest: Friday, February 21, 2020 in the St. John's Catholic Church Cemetery, Hollywood, Maryland
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Donesha Floraine Chew was born November 30, 1998 in Leonardtown, Maryland to the late Katina Monique Yates and Donald Chew. At the tender age of 6, Donesha's mother, Katina fell ill and wholeheartedly entrusted the care of her and her brother, Roy Person, to her sister and brother-in-law, Kneeca M. Somerville-Blackwell and James M.T. Blackwell, Sr. "Blackwell" as she affectionately called him. At the tender age of 21, Donesha walked into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on February 9, 2020. In addition to her mother, Donesha was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Thomas Somerville, Sr. and paternal grandmother, Dorothy Blackwell

Donesha was educated in the St. Mary's County Public School System. While enrolled in Leonardtown High School, she attended The Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center where she completed a two-year program in Graphic Communications (GC). Along with her GC Certificate, Donesha received her diploma from Leonardtown High School in 2016.

Immediately following graduation, Donesha was off and running to Frostburg State University where she was enrolled in Secure Computing and Information Assurance (Cyber Security) with a Minor in Graphic Design. While at Frostburg, Donesha was involved in a little bit of everything. She was a devoted member and also held office in numerous organizations, including, but not limited to the National Technical Honors Society, The National Council of Negro Women, Caribbean Student Association (Vice President of Communications), Student Government Association (Senator), Paparazzi Perfect Modeling Team, Unified Voices Under God's Dominion and National Society of Leadership and Success. Donesha worked tirelessly to earn her degree with graduation being just around the bend. In an effort to honor her merit Frostburg State will be conferring Donesha's degree in May. Along with her classmates; she will be a part of Frostburg State University's Class of 2020.

Donesha was destined for success, while in high school and college she maintained her grades while also holding down a job. Donesha worked at St. Mary's County Health Department and later as a Childcare Assistant (Federal Employee - Dept of Navy) at the Youth Development Center, NAS Patuxent River, MD.

Donesha had a passion for fashion. She was known to have her hair (often times WIGS), eyebrows, lashes, nails and make-up on fleek! She was the design queen having recently started her own Design Company. Donesha told all who would listen, that graphics and fashion is my passion, my dream, my everything, and from that was born Donnie's Divine Designs, dubbed "D3", where she was on a mission; the vision was "turning your thoughts into reality" to devise creative design ideas. D3 was geared up to specialize in ordering unique and quality bundles, wigs and braid hair. Our girl was the life of EVERY Party! She was a phenomenal friend and a sister-friend to her cousins whom we refer to as "The 2 live Crew". This crew was inseparable getting into things that we can only imagine BUT will never know.

In addition to her parents (Kneeca and "Blackwell"), her father and step-mother, Donald and Keysha Chew, Donesha leaves to cherish her memory her maternal grandmother, Agnes Floraine Somerville, paternal grandparents, Samuel and Excella Mackall, paternal grandfather, Henderson Blackwell; four brothers, the ever so protective older brother Roy Person, James Blackwell, Jr., Dacari Chew and Keyshon Pindell; three sisters, Jaliyah Blackwell, Lakshmi Toland and Jayde Butler, "The 2 Live Crew" and a host of aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.

Donesha will be missed immensely by everyone that knew her. She truly touched the lives of all whose path she crossed. She was the kind of young lady that anyone would be proud to call daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin or friend.

Family will receive friends for Donesha's Life Celebration on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 10:30am-12:00pm with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00pm at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, 43937 St. John's Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Hayden, James Shawn
Birth: Saturday, May 09, 1970 in Leonardtown, Maryland
Residence: Avenue, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the age of 49
Laid to Rest: Friday, February 21, 2020 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Bushwood, Maryland
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James "Jamie" Shawn Hayden, 49, of Avenue, MD passed away on February 12, 2020 in Avenue, MD. Born on May 9, 1970 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of Dorothy Victoria Hayden and James Stanley Hayden of Bushwood, MD. Jamie is survived by his brother Todd Bailey Hayden (Chandra) of Abell, MD. Along with his nieces and nephews Jeb Grayson Hayden, Jill Victoria Hayden, and Carrie Elizabeth Hayden.

He was a lifelong St. Mary's County, MD resident and graduated from St. Mary's Ryken High School in 1988. Jamie was a crane operator he was employed with the Crane Service Company. He enjoyed hunting, working on cars, scavenger hunts, and crabbing.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 5:00 to 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 Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood, MD with Father Samuel Plummer officiating and Father Wyble Con-Celebrating.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Rick Mazzella, Kelly Faunce, C.B. Morris, Chris Hayden, Billy Gibson and Mikey Woodall. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Seventh Dist. Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD 20609 and Hospice of St. Mary's P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Hayden, Dorothy Victoria
Birth: Wednesday, January 15, 1947 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: Bushwood, Maryland
Death: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the age of 73
Laid to Rest: Friday, February 21, 2020 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Bushwood, Maryland
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Dorothy Victoria "Vicki" Hayden, 73, of Bushwood, MD passed on February 15, 2020 at her residence. Born on January 15, 1947 in Washington, DC, she was the loving daughter of the late Dorothy Bailey Kucher and Andrew John Kucher.

Vicki was the loving wife of James Stanley Hayden, whom she married on February 4, 1967 in Holy Angels Catholic Church in Avenue, MD. Vicki is survived by her son Todd Bailey Hayden (Chandra) of Abell, MD, 3 grandchildren Jeb Grayson Hayden, Jill Victoria Hayden, and Carrie Elizabeth Hayden. She is preceded in death by her son James Shawn Hayden and her brother Carl Francis Abell.

She was a lifelong St. Mary's County, MD resident. Vicki graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1964 and was a homemaker. She loved helping others, knitting, sewing, spending time with friends and family. As well as supporting the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish in Bushwood, MD.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 5:00 to 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 Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood, MD with Father Samuel Plummer officiating and Father Wyble Con-Celebrating.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jeb Hayden, Ron Triplett, Tony Bailey, Brian Hayden, Jon Spence and Patrick Goode. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Seventh Dist. Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD 20609 and Hospice of St. Mary's P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Gardiner, Joseph Harold
Birth: Saturday, August 09, 1930 in Aquasco, Maryland
Residence: Hughesville, Maryland
Death: Monday, February 17, 2020 at the age of 89
Laid to Rest: Friday, February 21, 2020 in the St. Marys Catholic Church Cemetery, Bryantown, Maryland
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TSgt. Joseph Harold Gardiner, RET. USAF, 89, of Hughesville, MD departed this life on February 17, 2020 at Sagepoint Senior Living in La Plata, MD. Harold was born on August 9, 1930 in Aquasco, MD to the late Francis Archie Gardiner and Ella Mae (Greenwell) Gardiner.

He joined the United States Air Force in 1949 and left his beloved Maryland to defend and protect his country. Harold left the Air Force after four years to return home only to be introduced to the love of his life by his mother. His mom was working with a young girl, Clara, who she felt was perfect for her son. A chance meeting turned into a date, which became their happily ever after. After he married, the love of his life, in August 1954, he rejoined the Air Force and took his bride around the world. Over his twenty-two (22) year career, they lived in several countries and numerous states. They welcomed six children, three boys and three girls, all while he worked tirelessly as an Airman.

Patriotism was a way of life for Harold, he was a proud American who fought in both the Korean War and also in Vietnam. Never one to talk about his accomplishments, Harold never bragged about the awards and accommodations he received for his heroism, but his family knew the sacrifices he made. A man with a heart of gold, tough exterior and ambition he was always strong, but fair. He was an active member of the American Legion and Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department.

He was always a man with a joke in his back pocket to make you laugh until you cried. His laugh was contagious and his sense of humor legendary. Whether is spent an evening with his friends at the American Legion Post 238 or shooting pool, Harold had everyone laughing. You could not be around him without having a smile on your face.

No matter what you called him, Joseph, Boonie, Harold, Moose, Dad, Grandfather, or Great-grandfather you knew he loved his family above all else. His pride for his children and grandchildren sparked conversations with complete strangers (although he hardly ever met a stranger). He loved knowing that he was able to come back to his Maryland roots and be surrounded by those he loved. A great man was lost, but a legend was born. His legacy will be remembered in the eyes of his children, smiles of his grandchildren and the laughter of his great-grandchildren.

Harold is survived by his loving wife, Clara Angela Gardiner; and six children, J. Edward Gardiner (Beverly) of Chaptico, MD, Francis A. Gardiner (Cindy) of Waldorf, MD, Michael E. Gardiner (Dawn) of Westminster, MD, Carolyn Rhodes (Timmy) of Brandywine, MD, Angela Pasqual (Michael) of Silver Spring, MD and Susan Saluter (Chip) of Hughesville, MD. He is also survived by sixteen (16) grandchildren; fourteen (14) great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances "Sis" Wills of Hughesville, MD, Lorraine Cross (Jennings) of Hughesville, MD, and Mary Rose Therres, of Benedict, MD and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Charles (Dimp) Gardiner; sister-in-law, Teresa Gardiner; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Therres, Edward Therres and Robert Wills.

The family will receive friends for Harold's Life Celebration on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. also on Thursday officiated by Deacon Bill Kyte from Immaculate Conception Church. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Bryantown Catholic Church, 13715 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, MD 20617. Interment with military honors will be immediately following in the church cemetery.

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