Obit­u­ar­ies

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Cather­ine Jean Brown­lee

Cather­ine Jean (Fletcher) Brown­lee, 74, passed qui­etly at home near Re­hoboth Beach, DE, on Tues­day, July 11, 2017, af­ter a coura­geous bat­tle with can­cer. Her hus­band Don and daugh­ters Julie and Dina were at her side.

“Jeanne” was born May 29, 1943 in Ri­p­ley, WV to the late Othal J. and Doris A. Fletcher. She was a 1961 grad­u­ate of Ravenswood High School, and re­ceived an As­so­ciate In Arts de­gree from Glenville State Col­lege in 1963. Jeanne and Don were mar­ried in Ravenswood’s United Methodist Church June 20, 1965.

Through­out her hus­band’s 20-year U.S. Air Force ca­reer, Jeanne was a de­voted wife, mother, and ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in mil­i­tary wives’ ac­tiv­i­ties at as­sign­ments in North Dakota, Colorado, Cal­i­for­nia, Mary­land, and The Pen­tagon. More im­por­tantly, dur­ing Don’s two sep­a­rate year-long re­mote tours away from the fam­ily, Jeanne em­braced her full par­ent­ing role for their two daugh­ters in his ab­sence.

Jeanne also found time to pur­sue a 28-year ca­reer as a sec­re­tary in the Charles County, MD school sys­tem, where she re­tired in 2008 as the long-stand­ing as­sis­tant to the prin­ci­pal at Mal­colm Ele­men­tary School. She won nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades for her con­tri­bu­tions, in­clud­ing recog­ni­tion for com­plet­ing the com­pre­hen­sive re­quire­ments for which Mal­colm Ele­men­tary was awarded Blue Rib­bon School sta­tus. She was cho­sen Out­stand­ing Sup­port Per­son of the Year by the Charles County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, and re­ceived nu­mer­ous ex­em­plary ser­vice and per­for­mance awards dur­ing her ca­reer. She was also Pres­i­dent of “Amer­i­can Salute,” a na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive youth per­cus­sion and ma­jorette or­ga­ni­za­tion in Wal­dor f, MD, and was rec­og­nized by the Na­tion’s Cap­i­tal Girl Scout Coun­cil for her sup­port to Brownie Troop #1072.

Jeanne is sur­vived by her hus­band of 52 years, Don; daugh­ters: Julie (Jerry Bramer); Dina (Steven Thorne); brother, Jim Fletcher and fam­ily; and grand­daugh­ter, Kiersen Thorne.

A Me­mo­rial Ser­vice will be held Satur­day, Au­gust 5, 3 p.m. at Parsell Fu­neral Homes, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes, DE 19958, where friends may visit be­gin­ning at 2 p.m. Inurn­ment will be held at a later date in Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests that do­na­tions be made in mem­ory of Cather­ine Brown­lee to the Tun­nell Can­cer Cen­ter, 18947 John J. Wil­liams Hwy., Suite 101, Re­hoboth Beach, DE 19971.

Please sign Jeanne’s on­line guest­book at: parsell­fu­ner­al­homes.com

Peter Joseph Melvin

Peter Joseph Melvin, 73, of Wal­dorf, MD, died on July 13, 2017 at Univer­sity of Mary­land Hos­pi­tal, Bal­ti­more, MD.

He was born on March 12, 1944 in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, to the late Wil­liam Leopold and Vir­ginia Melvin.

Peter was an As­tro­physi­cist for The Naval Re­search Lab. He earned his PhD from the Univer­sity of Illi­nois. He had a pas­sion for wood­work­ing, photography and 3D print­ing. In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, he is pre­de­ceased by one brother, Wil­liam Melvin. He is sur­vived by his com­pan­ion, Lynn Townsend; daugh­ter, Chloe Chu­d­ina (Sergey Chudin); step-son, Robert Den­nis (Carma Shur­ley); four grand­chil­dren: Arya Den­nis, Nikita, Alexan­der and Eka­te­rina Chudin; one brother, Michael Melvin; and one sis­ter, Judy Heb­ner.

Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be on Wed­nes­day, July 19 at St. Ig­natius Catholic Church, 8855 Chapel Point Road, Port To­bacco, MD 20677 at 10 a.m. with a gath­er­ing time be­gin­ning at 9:30 a.m. In­ter­ment will fol­low at St. Mary’s of Pis­cat­away Catholic Ceme­tery, 13401 Pis­cat­away Road, Clin­ton, MD 20735.

Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions are re­quested to the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety, P.O. Box 4072, Pitts­field MA 01202 and/or Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, P.O. Box 22718, Ok­la­homa City, OK 73123.

On­line con­do­lences may be made at: www.ray­mond­fu­ner­alser­vice.com

John S. Richard­son Sr.

Fe­bru­ary 28, 1928 ~ July, 4, 2017 John S. Richard­son Sr., pre­ceded in death by his wife, Ellen C. Richard­son. Sur­vived by son, John S. Richard­son Jr.; daugh­ter, Darla Ann Richard­son-Schi­azzi; grand­chil­dren: Bianca, Carly Ann, Colin, Darren, Lau­ren, Margeaux, Tra­cie; 13 great grand­chil­dren; and five great great grand­chil­dren

Ser­vice at Chel­tenham Veter­ans Ceme­tery, 11 a.m. on Au­gust 9, 2017.

Joseph “Har­vey” Ede­len

Joseph “Har­vey” Ede­len (owner of Ede­len Ma­rine Con­struc­tion, Inc.), 67, of New­burg, MD, died July 14, 2017. Hus­band of Ruth Ede­len; fa­ther of Chris, Michelle (David), Ni­cole (Rus­sell), and Ra­heem; and grand­fa­ther of three.

Friends re­ceived on Wed­nes­day, July 19, from 9 a.m. un­til time of Mass of Chris­tian Burial at 12 p.m. at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. In­ter­ment to fol­low in church ceme­tery. Me­mo­ri­als to Cobb Is­land Res­cue Squad or New­burg Res­cue Squad.

A guest­book is avail­able on­line at: www.ray­mond­fu­ner­alser­vice.com

Ce­les­tine Mary Fowler

Ce­les­tine Mary Fowler, 93, passed on Tues­day, July 11, 2017 of Wash­ing­ton, DC, Ce­les­tine was called to be with the Lord.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band and one daugh­ter. She is sur­vived by 12 daugh­ters; three sons; one sis­ter; one brother; 56 grand­chil­dren; 125 great-grand­chil­dren; 32 great-great grand­chil­dren; four God chil­dren; as well as a host of rel­a­tives and friends.

On Thurs­day, July 20, fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Fri­day, July 21 from 10 a.m. un­til time of Mass 11 a.m. at St. Teresa of Avita Catholic Church, 1244 V St., SE, Wash­ing­ton, DC 20020. In­ter­ment at Mount Olivet Ceme­tery, 1300 Bladens­burg Road, NE, Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Ar­range­ments by John­son Fu­neral Ser­vice, P.A, White Plains, MD.

Iyla Rae Doukas

Iyla Rae Doukas was born on Thurs­day, July 6, 2017 at 10:12 p.m. in Clin­ton, MD. She weighed 6 lbs. and 12 oz. She be­came her Mommy’s for­ever an­gel just a few short days later on Mon­day, July 10, 12:15 p.m. at Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Iyla Rae was sur­vived by a large lov­ing fam­ily in­clud­ing her mother, Ca­tori Doukas; grand­par­ents: Tina and James Doukas of Char­lotte Hall, MD; Marvin Austin of West Vir­ginia; proud un­cle, Jimmy Doukas of Char­lotte Hall; great grand­par­ents Sa­muel and Pa­tri­cia Hart of Krebs, OK and Dot­tie Doukas-Cooper and Nor­man Cooper of Culpep­per, VA.

Friends will be re­ceived for a me­mo­rial ser­vice on Fri­day, July 21st from 4 to 6 p.m. with prayers at 5 p.m. at the Ray­mond Fu­neral Ser­vice, P.A., 5635 Wash­ing­ton Ave., La Plata, MD 20646.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions can be made in Iyla Rae’s name to Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

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