Obit­u­ar­ies

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Mar­ion B. Houser

Mar­ion B. Houser, 85, passed on Mon­day, May 15, 2017, of La Plata, MD, de­voted wife of Sa­muel L. Houser for 52 years and beloved mother to Jimmy, Steve, John and Cathy. Lov­ing grand­mother to 10 grand­chil­dren and 13 great-grand­chil­dren. Daugh­ter of Ed­ward and Lena Dis­ney. Mar­ion re­tired from Gi­ant Food af­ter be­ing se­lected as the first woman to at­tend Man­age­ment train­ing and per­form­ing as a gro­cery man­ager for 34 years.

Some of Mar­ion’s hob­bies in­cluded counted-cross stitch, work­ing in the yard, and play­ing the pi­ano. Mar­ion was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and was a mem­ber and pres­i­dent of Sarah’s Cir­cle and par­tic­i­pated in the church choir. She vol­un­teered count­less hours to Meals on Wheels, Amer­i­can Red Cross Blood Drives and sev­eral church ac­tiv­i­ties.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held on Fri­day, May 19 at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mt. Zion Church Road, Me­chan­icsville, MD 20659. The gath­er­ing will be­gin at 10 a.m. with the memo­rial ser­vice be­gin­ning at 11 a.m. with lunch to fol­low the memo­rial ser­vice.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily is ask­ing for do­na­tions in Mar­ion’s name to ei­ther the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Sarah’s Cir­cle or to the Hospice House of Wal­dorf.

James Austin Warder

James Austin Warder, 95, passed away peace­fully at Gulf Coast Vil­lage in Cape Coral, Flor­ida, on May 8, 2017. He was born Jan. 3, 1922, to the late An­nie Belle (Bowie) and Harry Irv­ing Warder of Mar­bury, Md. He was the sev­enth of ten chil­dren, and their last liv­ing child. He was a 1939 grad­u­ate of Lackey High School in In­dian Head, Md.

He was pre­ceded in death by the love of his life, Ly­dia Rebecca (East­burn) Warder; his grand­son, James (Jimmy) Reed Turner Sr.; grand­sons: James (Jim) Reed Turner Jr. and An­thony (Tony) Fil­more Turner; also, his broth­ers: Harold, Wil­son, Aubrey, Sonny; and sis­ters: Irma, Mar­guerite, Tee­nie, Mary Ros­alee, and Glo­ria.

Left to cher­ish his mem­ory are his daugh­ter, San­dra Ben­son (born on his 21st birth­day), and her hus­band Ray; grand­daugh­ter, Terry (Turner) Sher­man, and hus­band John; grand­chil­dren: Christo­pher; Ryan (wife Alex); Collin Sher­man; and great-grand­daugh­ter, Alexis Turner. He will also be missed by many nieces and neph­ews of the large Warder fam­ily, and mem­bers of the East­burn fam­ily.

Austin was very proud of his mil­i­tary ser­vice as a Se­abee. Af­ter World War II be­gan, he en­listed in the U.S. Navy at the age of 20. He spent 27 months in the South Pa­cific on the Amer­i­can Samoan Is­lands, with Con­struc­tion Bat­tal­ion Main­te­nance Unit #506, build­ing air­plane run­ways and roads, and a hos­pi­tal and bar­racks for the wounded and sick. Fol­low­ing Hon­or­able Dis­charge from the Navy once the war ended, Austin found em­ploy­ment at the Naval Pow­der Fac­tory in In­dian Head. He worked his way up the lad­der to be­come a Direc­tor of the Pub­lic Works Depart­ment for the (re­named) Naval Or­di­nance Sta­tion.

When Austin and Ly­dia each had ac­quired 35 years of gov­ern­ment ser­vice, they re­tired to Cape Coral, where they spent many happy years of golf­ing, boat­ing, gar­den­ing, trav­el­ing with friends and fam­ily, and en­joy­ing the warm cli­mate. They moved from their home to Gulf Coast Vil­lage in 2004. Austin and Ly­dia had been mar­ried for 67 years when Ly­dia passed away in 2009.

Austin was a thought­ful, de­voted, hon­est man who was ad­mired by many. He loved noth­ing more than spend­ing time with fam­ily, and his love for his fam­ily was clear to all who knew him. He had a keen sense of hu­mor, and a love of mu­sic. He and Ly­dia were Wash­ing­ton Red­skins fans, and held sea­son tick­ets on the 50 yard line for many years be­fore re­tir­ing to Flor­ida.

The fam­ily thanks and ap­pre­ci­ates the love and com­pas­sion pro­vided by the care­givers of Gulf Coast Vil­lage, GCV Home Health Care, and Hope Hospice.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held in the Coral Ridge Fu­neral Home and Ceme­tery Chapel on May 20, at 11:30 a.m., with visi­ta­tion from 10-11:30. In­ter­ment will fol­low the ser­vice, at grave­side, with Mil­i­tary Hon­ors.

Please visit www.coral­ridge­fu­ner­al­home.com to share in his Life Story and to leave thoughts and mem­o­ries for his fam­ily.

Pa­tri­cia Anne Paulk

Pa­tri­cia Anne “Nana” Paulk, 82, of Hugh­esville, MD, died May 15, 2017 in La Plata. Pa­tri­cia was a grad­u­ate of Ana­cos­tia High School where she helped de­sign the In­dian mas­cot. Fol­low­ing high school, she worked as a drafts­man for C&P Tele­phone Com­pany. She played and coached base­ball with her son. She was a long time vol­un­teer with Meals-On-Wheels and was known as a lov­ing grand­mother and friend.

Daugh­ter of the late Ge­orge Wal­ter Clark Jr. and the late Sarah Ju­lia McRar y Clark. Also pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, Artie F. Paulk Jr.; late brother, Richard E. An­der­son; and her late sis­ter, Bar­bara L. Owens. She is sur­vived by her son, Dou­glas M. Paulk and her daugh­ter-in­law Laura; two grand­daugh­ters: Whit­ney Paulk; Mea­gan Paulk and her hus­band Dustin Mor­ris.

Friends re­ceived on Satur­day, May 20, from 10:30 a.m. un­til ser­vice time at 12 Noon at Ray­mond Fu­neral Ser­vice, P.A., La Plata, MD.

Memo­ri­als in Pa­tri­cia’s name are asked to Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County or Meals-On-Wheels. A guest­book is avail­able on­line at:www. ray­mond fu­neral ser­vice. com

Jill J. Kid­well

Jill J. Kid­well, 70, of Hy­attsville, MD, died sur­rounded by fam­ily on April 29, 2017. She was born on Feb. 5, 1947 in D.C., of the late Louis and Eve­lyn Bayly.

She is also pre­ceded in death by her son, Justin Barnes Jr. Sur­vived by her chil­dren: Larry Barnes and Joyce and Johnny Bol­ing; three sis­ters: Vir­ginia Evans, Lou and Ernest Straw­der­man, Ar­lene and Al­lan Ede­len; grand­daugh­ters: Jackie, Caitie, Lauren; grand­son, John; great grand kids: Camille and Trey; God-chil­dren: An­gela, Ryan, and Crys­tal.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life ser­vice will be held at 12 p.m. on Fri­day, May 19 at Peace Lutheran Church in Wal­dorf.

Do­na­tions may be sent to Peace Lutheran Church’s food pantry.

Gor­don Lee Thurston

On May 15, 2017, Gor­don Lee Thurston, 60, peace­fully passed away at his home in La Plata, MD from leukemia.

He was the only son of Gor­don Thurston and Shirley (Thurston) Ver­mil­lion.

He is sur­vived by his four sis­ters: Vir­ginia Poe (brother-in-law Randy); Bar­bara Thurston; Lot­tie Gray (broth­erin-law Steve); and Su­san Thurston. He was loved by his three nieces and one nephew: Tina (hus­band John); Chrissy; Court­ney (hus­band Bryan); Tyler; one great niece, Brit­tney; and one great nephew, Austin.

Gor­don will be re­mem­bered for his love of all an­i­mals, rock-n-roll mu­sic, the Rolling Stones, and his many trips to the beach, es­pe­cially Ocean City, MD. The fam­ily is plan­ning a pri­vate ser­vice. A guest­book is avail­able on­line atwww. ray­mond fu­neral s er vice.com.

Bar­bara Jean Wright Grif­fin

Bar­bara Jean Wright Grif­fin, 78, was born May 27, 1938 in Wash­ing­ton, DC, passed away on May 13, 2017 at her res­i­dence in Stevensville, formerly of Charles County, MD, to Ger­tude Car­pen­ter Wright McWil­liams and Shurbey A. Wright, both de­ceased, of In­dian Head, MD.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Lackey High School in 1956, Bar­bara Jean at­tended the Univer­sity of Mar yland, grad­u­at­ing with a de­gree in Ed­u­ca­tion. She taught first grade in Prince Ge­orges County. Fol­low­ing her teach­ing ca­reer, Bar­bara Jean be­came the Direc­tor of the South­ern Mary­land Room at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land and then went on to serve as the Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Li­censed Bev­er­age As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land.

Bar­bara Jean is sur­vived by her hus­band of 31 years, Earl Grif­fin; younger sis­ter, Judy Wright Hu­ber; nephew, Brent Hu­ber and wife Laura, and chil­dren Alex and Ni­cole; niece Lora Hu­ber and hus­band Scott Rosado and son Noah; nephew, Shurbey Hu­ber and wife Jen­nifer and chil­dren Zoey Hu­ber and Liam and Madi­son Overby.

Bar­bara was an avid golfer and holds the hole-in-one record at Cove Creek Club, Stevensville, MD, with six. She main­tained homes in both Stevensville, MD, and Hobe Sound, Flor­ida.

Ser vices were held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Queen­stown, MD.

Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to: St. Jude’s Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal, Mem­phis, TN, De Ce­saris Can­cer In­sti­tute, Annapolis, MD, and Friend­ship House, Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, La Plata, MD.

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