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Ruth I. Smith

BOONSBORO - Ruth Irene Smith, 82, of Old National Pike, Boonsboro, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 8, 1915, in Keedysville, she was the daughter of the late Otis R. and Esther Rowland Long.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. "Mike" Smith on Oct. 19, 1996.

She was a homemaker. She was well known locally for baking and selling pies.

She was a member of Boonsboro Bible Church, where she was a member of the Willing Workers Class and worked in the church nursery for many years.

She also was a member and chaplain of Boonsboro Democratic Club and volunteered at Reeders Memorial Home, Boonsboro.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Young of Hagerstown and Connie Mitchell of Jacksonville, N.C.; three sisters, Gladys Hutzell of Boonsboro, Edith Shaffer of Trego and Betty Martz of Hagerstown; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ardella Smith and Goldie Gloss; and two brothers, Otis Long and Richard Long.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Joseph Downs will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Women's Wellness Program of Washington County Health Dept., c/o Robert Parker, health officer, 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 21742.

Robert M. Engle

RANSON, W.Va. - Robert Matthew Engle, 63, of Ranson, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson.

Born April 12, 1933, in Mt. Mission, Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late James G. and Sarah Elizabeth Dillow Engle.

He was employed by the National Park Service, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served during the Korean War.

He was a member of Four Mile Woods Pentecostal Church, Martinsburg, W.Va.

He was a four-year member and worker of Beware Against Drugs Inc., Charles Town, W.Va.; a member of Jackson-Perks American Legion Post 71, Charles Town; and a member of VFW Post 896, Martinsburg.

He is survived by three daughters, Robin Gordon, Tammy Everhart, both of Clarke County, Va., and Angela Argueta of Charles Town; four sons, Robert Matthew Engle Jr. of Maysville, W.Va., Doyle Christopher Engle, David Troy Engle, both of Charles Town, and Mark Todd Engle of Ranson; three sisters, Sarah Penwell of Ranson, Jessie Lally of Harpers Ferry and Ida Mae Engle of Hagerstown; three brothers, James G. Engle of Martinsburg, Shannon Nelson Engle of Leetown, W.Va., and John Paul Engle of Kearneysville, W.Va.; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Lisa P. Engle on Dec. 27, 1969; one sister, Josephine Hardy and one brother, Harrison Engle.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. The Rev. Raymond Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Murrill Hill Church Yard Cemetery, Harpers Ferry.

Friends will be received at the funeral home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Charles J. Warner Sr.

Charles Jones Warner Sr., 67, of Hagerstown, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 12, 1929, he was the son of the late Charles Adam and Martha Ann Warner.

He was a graduate of Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, W.Va.

He retired from Commercial Credit Corp. after 35 years of service.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served from 1951 to 1955.

He was an active member of the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

He also was a member of the Halfway Lions Club and served as a Scout leader for the Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann May Warner; one daughter, Kelly Ann Sarno of Goshen, Ind.; one son, C.J. Warner Jr. of Waynesboro, Pa.: two sisters, Anne Wimer of Franklin, W.Va., and Genevieve Roby of Catonsville, Md.; two brothers, Jack T. Warner of Staunton, Va., and John E. Warner of Franklin; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Warner.

Graveside services will be held at North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton, W.Va. The Rev. William Hartsfield will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mark W. Hartmann

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Mark William Hartmann, 42, of Huntsville, Ala., died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, in Madison, Ala.

Born Oct. 5, 1954, in Elizabeth, N.J., he was the son of William C. and Dorris Ives Hartmann, of Harrisonville, Pa.

He was a trainer of Tennessee walking horses. He also was a truck driver for Averette Express, Cooksville, Tenn.

He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Christine Peters of Tatamy, Pa., and Maj. Constance Hartmann of Richmond, Va.; and one niece.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Harrisonville. The Rev. Donald Bard will officiate.

Herman R. Spear

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Herman Rester "Dusty" Spear, 69, of Charles Town, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson, W.Va.

Born Nov. 11, 1927, in Celina, Tenn., he was the son of the late Herman Myers and Bertha Cain Spear. He was the stepson of Marie Spear of Brookstone, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Colleen Beahm Spear in 1949.

He retired from Potomac Edison Co. after 35 years of service. He also had been employed by the Peoples Supply Co., Charles Town, where he obtained the nickname "Dusty."

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served during World War II. He received the World War II Victory Medal.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He had the longest span of membership, 40 years, with Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 948, Charles Town. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer.

In addition to his stepmother, he is survived by his wife of 46 years, Hazel Park Spear; six sisters, Estel Shaw of Delphi, Ind., Inese Cain of Welcott, Ind., Doyle Logan of Montgomery, Ill., Nina Crace of Brookstone, Ind., Shirley Weaver of Bakersfield, Calif., and Wendy Murphy of Palm Desert, Calif.; two brothers, Wayford "Sandy" Spear of Indianapolis and Floyd "Denny" Spear of Lothian, Md.; Clarence Park and Rufus Park, whom he raised; nine nieces; and 14 nephews.

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. The Rev. Wyman Hall will officiate. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery, Baker, W.Va., at 1 p.m.

Friends will be received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Independent Fire Co., P.O. Box 925, Charles Town, W.Va. 25414; or Citizens Fire Co., P.O. Box 927, Charles Town, W.Va. 25414.

Herman R. Spear

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Herman Rester "Dusty" Spear, 69, of Charles Town, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson, W.Va.

Born Nov. 11, 1927, in Celina, Tenn., he was the son of the late Herman Myers and Bertha Cain Spear. He was the stepson of Marie Spear of Brookstone, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Colleen Beahm Spear in 1949.

He retired from Potomac Edison Co. after 35 years of service. He also had been employed by the Peoples Supply Co., Charles Town, where he obtained the nickname "Dusty."

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served during World War II. He received the World War II Victory Medal.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He had the longest span of membership, 40 years, with Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 948, Charles Town. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer.

In addition to his stepmother, he is survived by his wife of 46 years, Hazel Park Spear; six sisters, Estel Shaw of Delphi, Ind., Inese Cain of Welcott, Ind., Doyle Logan of Montgomery, Ill., Nina Crace of Brookstone, Ind., Shirley Weaver of Bakersfield, Calif., and Wendy Murphy of Palm Desert, Calif.; two brothers, Wayford "Sandy" Spear of Indianapolis and Floyd "Denny" Spear of Lothian, Md.; Clarence Park and Rufus Park, whom he raised; nine nieces; and 14 nephews.

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. The Rev. Wyman Hall will officiate. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery, Baker, W.Va., at 1 p.m.

Friends will be received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Independent Fire Co., P.O. Box 925, Charles Town, W.Va. 25414; or Citizens Fire Co., P.O. Box 927, Charles Town, W.Va. 25414.

Emma B. Kidrick

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Emma Bernice Kidrick, 76, of Shepherdstown, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Oct. 14, 1920, in Bakerton, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late William and Sadie Thomas Dozier.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Lee Kidrick Sr. on Nov. 23, 1996.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. John's Baptist Church, Shepherdstown, where she was a member of the Willing Workers and was an usher.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia A. Kidrick of Shepherdstown; three sons, Edgar L. Kidrick Jr. of Martinsburg, Charles N. Kidrick and Ronald W. Kidrick, both of Shepherdstown; one sister, Fannie Washington of Shepherdstown; 18 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Norma G. Grantham; three sisters, Sadie McDonald, Maggie McDonald and Nellie Clark; and three brothers, Richard Dozier, Preston Dozier and George Dozier.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. John's Baptist Church. The Rev. Joe Liles will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home.

Helen M. Mills

Helen Marie Mills, 86, of 43A Elgin Blvd., Hagerstown, and formerly of Big Pool, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown.

Born Oct. 1, 1910, in Cito, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George Henry Ruben and Phoebe Frances Paylor Carbaugh.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold James Mills, in 1975.

She was formerly employed by Speilman's Tomato Factory, Big Pool, and the Washington County Hospital Dietary Department.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She is survived by six daughters, Susan R. Bussard Hornbaker of Mercersburg, Pa., Frances E. Hart of Big Spring, Mary A. Rankin of Maugansville, Patricia A. Henson, Emma M. Reger, both of Big Pool, and Lizzie M. Hutzler of Gerrardstown, W.Va.; three sons, Amos H. Mills, Albert H. Mills, both of Hagerstown, and Edgar T. Mills of Clear Spring; two sisters, Hazel Taylor and Phoebe F. Helman, both of Hagerstown; one brother, William R. Carbaugh of McConnellsburg, Pa.; 24 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three daughters, Gladys Marie Mills, Sarah May Mills and Verda Mills; three sisters, Nora Ellen Carbaugh, Mary Maudaline Carbaugh and Thesta A. McQuade; two brothers, Donald R. Carbaugh and Henry Lloyd Carbaugh; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Betty Jones and the Rev. Robert Timmons officiating. Burial will be in Clear Spring Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425, S. Conococheague St., Williamsport. The funeral home will be open Sunday after 9 a.m. for the convenience of family and friends.

Ruth A. B. Talhelm

STATE LINE, Pa. - Ruth Ann Baker Talhelm, 91, of 358 Reid Road, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at her home.

Born May 19, 1905, in Franklin County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John Jacob and Maude Ann Barnhart Baker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester D. Talhelm, on March 24, 1970.

She had been employed by the former Stanley Co., Chambersburg, Pa., for 17 years. She also had been employed by the former E.J. Fennel Co., Hagerstown, and was a cook at the former Family Restaurant, Greencastle, Pa.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, where she attended the fellowship group.

She also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the State Line Ruritan Club; Ladies Auxiliary of Leitersburg Fire Co. and the Leitersburg Grange Chapter 361, Leitersburg. She enjoyed sewing and baking.

She is survived by one foster daughter, Joanne Ott of Greencastle; one granddaughter, Melissa Shildt of Greencastle; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle. The Rev. David M. Buchenroth will officiate. Burial will be in the Beautiful View Cemetery, State Line, Md.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 21740; or to Leitersburg Grange Chapter 361, c/o Doris Itnyre, 210 Hager St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Elizabeth W. York 

HALFWAY - Elizabeth "Betty" Webb York, 57, of 11213 Piper Lane, Hagerstown, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 13, 1939, in Smithsburg, she was the daughter of the late Sarah D. Webb.

She was a 1957 graduate of Williamsport High School. She attended Hagerstown Junior College and Martinsburg Business College.

She was employed as a secretary by McCleary & Earley until her retirement in 1996.

She was a member of St. James Brethren Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher for nearly 30 years.

She also was a member of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets.

She is survived by her husband, Charles W. York Sr.; one daughter, Kelly L. York, at home; one son, Kevin L. York of Halfway; one stepdaughter, Kathy Lamp of Ferguson, N.C.; one stepson, Charles W. York Jr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two brothers, Samuel "Sonny" Webb of Williamsport and David L. Webb of Rouzerville, Pa.; three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandson.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Roger "Leon" Webb.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at St. James Brethren Church, 17718 Lappans Road, St. James. The Rev. Brian Moore will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

Friends may call Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport. For the convenience of family and friends, the funeral home will open after 9 a.m.

Inez M. McIntyre

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Inez Mae McIntyre, 94, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at Heartland Nursing Home.

Born May 13, 1902, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles Leonard and Amanda Richards Shriver.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris J. "Mickey" McIntyre.

She was employed by Interwoven Mills for many years.

She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and Sunday School Class 22 of the church.

She is survived by one sister, Helen Virginia Foltz of Martinsburg; one brother, Paul Shriver of Martinsburg; four nieces; and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Dicy Watson and Grace Shriver; and two brothers, Lester Shriver and Calvin Shriver.

Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. Robert T. Wellman will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight.

Roy C. Zimmerman

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Roy C. Zimmerman, 72, of 1524 Springview Drive, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Jan. 15, 1925, in Orrstown, Pa., he was the son of the late Carl and Clara Shriner Zimmerman.

He was a 1942 graduate of Shippensburg High School.

He was employed by Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, retiring as supervisor of cycle inventory in both storage and LSSA after 35 years of employment.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served during World War II.

He was a life member of Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW, Chambersburg; a former member of American Legion, Shippensburg, Pa.; Amvets Post 224, Chambersburg and Landis-McCleaf Marine Corps League, Chambersburg.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Stancil Zimmerman, whom he married May 2, 1983; one daughter, Margaret J. "Peggy" Pine of Chambersburg; one sister, Dorothy Mowery of Chambersburg; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son; one sister; and three brothers.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Jerry D. Carbaugh will officiate.

Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg, with military graveside services conducted by members of Charles M. Nitterhouse Post 1599.

There will be no viewing. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Sanford D. Brady

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Sanford Delbert Brady, 77, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at his home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born Aug. 7, 1919, in Weston, W.Va., he was the son of the late George L. and Alice Pratt Brady.

He was a former member of the C.C. Camp and had worked in construction until his retirement.

He was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rosa Lee Clark Brady; two daughters, Linda Ann Scofield and Patricia Elaine Spiker, both of Inwood, W.Va.; two sons, Roger Delbert Brady of Moundsville, W.Va., and James David Brady of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one sister, Cora O'Dell of Summersville, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. Pastor Harvey M. Bane will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg.

Lucille E. Detrow

Lucille Elaine Detrow, 80, of 20833 Mount Aetna Road, Hagerstown, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at her home.

Born June 4, 1916, in Surry County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Robert Fred and Beulah N. Ashburn Forkner.

Her husband, Levi Willis Detrow, died in 1996.

She was a 1934 graduate of Hagerstown High School and attended Columbia Business College.

She was a member of Beaver Creek Christian Church of the Brethren, and the Mothers Daughters Organization. She also was a teacher in the Adult Sunday School.

She was a charter member of Chewsville Lioness Club, and a member of Chewsville Lions Club, Church Women United, Auxiliary of the Fahrney-Keedy Home and Washington County Historical Society.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda E. Bingaman of Hagerstown; three sons, Fred D. Detrow and Dale R. Detrow, both of Hagerstown, and Kenneth K. Detrow of Martinsburg, W.Va.; one sister, Corliss Shafer of Hagerstown; one brother, Robert Fred Forkner Jr. of Moorefield, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one stepgranddaughter; and two step-great-granddaughters.

Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of Bast Funeral Home in Boonsboro. The Rev. David Eberly will officiate. Burial will be in Beaver Creek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740; or to Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren, 20402 Beaver Creek Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Joseph DeLoso Jr.

Joseph "Joe" DeLoso Jr., 48, of 739 Medway Road, Hagerstown, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born July 25, 1948, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Genevieve McCormick DeLoso Poper of Mercersburg, Pa., and the late Joseph DeLoso Sr.

He was an independent truck driver, employed by Inway.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Victoria "Vickie" DeLoso; one daughter, Shannon DeLoso of Boonsboro; one stepdaughter, Jacqulyn Pentz of Hagerstown; one stepson, Cody Webster of Hagerstown; four sisters, Sandra A. Moats and Elsie Hockenberry, both of Hagerstown, Genny Schaff of Newfield, N.Y., and Kimberly S. DeLoso of Elbern, Ill.; and two brothers, Thomas A. DeLoso and Gregory DeLoso, both of Martinsburg, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Kay D. Karn.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Raymond H. Shriver will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sandra R. Light

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Sandra Rae Light, 45, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at her home.

Born March 12, 1951, in Ames, Iowa, she was the daughter of Burlin Curtis and Anna Jean Sigmund Christenson of Ames.

She was a 1969 graduate of Ames High School in Ames. She attended Iowa Methodist Hospital School of Nursing where she became an X-ray technician specializing in ultrasound.

She served in the U.S. Air Force at Travis Air Force Base in California from March 1973 to March 1975.

She worked for the last 21 years as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer, specializing in ultrasound, with the X-ray Department of City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

She was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Orleans Crossroads, W.Va.

She was a member of Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Dallas, The Blue Ridge Ultrasound Society, and Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60 in Berkeley Springs.

She was active with the Berkeley Springs High School Band Boosters and served several terms as president of Berkeley Springs High School PTA.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 23 years, Kirk I. Light; one daughter, Krista Lynn Light of Berkeley Springs; one son, David Bruce Light of Berkeley Springs; two sisters, Sharon K. York of Denver, and Denise Y. Waldo of Minneapolis; two brothers, Michael W. Christenson of Des Moines, Iowa, and Ronald C. Christenson of Alma, Neb.; five nieces; four nephews; two great-nieces; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Orleans Crossroads. George Hopkins, pastor, and Roger E. Burtner, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs, today from 6 to 9 p.m.; and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. The funeral home will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today for the convenience of friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Mount Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Robert Koontz, HC 62, Box 147, Great Cacapon, W.Va. 25411.

Anna L. Dillow

MILLVILLE, W.Va. - Anna Lillian Dillow, 69, of Millville, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 20, 1927, in Jefferson County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Robert H. and Annabelle Bussard Piper.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas M. Dillow; two sons, Paul Wesley Dillow of Charles Town, W.Va., and Ronald Lee Dillow of Millville; three sisters, Frances Miller of Keedysville, Josephine Holmes of Boonsboro, and Eleanor Dodson of Millville; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Glenn Allen Dillow.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bolivar Pentecostal Church of Christ. The Rev. Frank Myers and the Rev. Gulford Turner will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg, W.Va.

The family will receive friends at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home in Ranson, W.Va., Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Howard H. Knode

Howard Haller Knode, 84, of 1114 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, and formerly of Baltimore, who died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at Clearview Nursing Home was preceded in death by three brothers, Winton Knode, Glenn Knode and Algernon Knode.

Ruth E. Seibert

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ruth Ellen Seibert, 76, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at her home.

Born March 8, 1920, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Alvin O. and Ada Boltz Seibert.

She was educated in public schools and graduated from Shepherd College. She also attended Hagerstown School of Music.

She was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, where on Nov. 1, 1994, she celebrated 50 years as the church organist without missing a Sunday. At that time, she gave a Mass carillion to the church. She served as a deacon, as a past trustee and taught Sunday school for many years.

Prior to being organist at the Presbyterian Church, she was organist at Trinity Episcopal Church from Feb. 1, 1924 to Nov. 1, 1944.

She also was a member of Cumberland Valley Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution and a post regent. She was one of the official organists at the organization's Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., for the past 20 years.

She was a member of Chaplain James Gibson Chapter of National Society of United States Daughters of 1812 and served as a past chaplain national and past state chaplain. She was a member of Gov. Norborne Berkeley Chapter of National Society of Daughters of the American Colonists, where she served as music chairman for many years. She was a life-long member of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority and served as president of Shepherdstown Alumnae Chapter for several years. She was a life member of Shepherd College Emeriytus Club.

She is survived by two nieces, Janet Hiett of Martinsburg, and Harriett Mynick of California; one nephew, John T. Clevenger of Martinsburg; one great-nephew; one great-niece; and a great-great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary K. Tabler.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Martinsburg. The Rev. Robert Hill and James R. Jackson will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Rosedale Funeral Chapel in Martinsburg, Monday and Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Family and friends will meet at First Presbyterian Church for a time of fellowship after the service.

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 220 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.


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