Jer­rie Rut­ter Harr

Record Observer - - Obituaries -

CENTREVILLE — Mrs. Jer­rie Rut­ter Harr, 81, of Centreville, MD, wife of James Wil­lard (Will) Harr, passed away peace­fully in her home on Wed­nes­day, March 15, 2017, af­ter a long ill­ness. She was sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily.

She was born on Dec. 7, 1935, in Bris­tol, VA, the daugh­ter of James and Frances Rut­ter.

She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents and by her step-mother, Mae Rut­ter; and broth­ers-in-law: C.D. Harr, Jerry Harr, Grove Wine­gar and Fred Wag­ner.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 62 years, James Wil­lard (Will) Harr of Centreville; her sis­ter, Joan Michaels (Mike) of Ch­e­sa­peake Beach, MD; her step-sis­ter, An­nah Courts (Mark) of Knoxville, TN; three daugh­ters: Denise Wolfe (Phillip) of War wick, RI; Cyn­thia Harr Beville (Earl) of Grasonville, MD; Regina El­lick (Niel) of Stevensville, MD; six grand­chil­dren: Staci O’Neill (Conor) of Manas­sas, VA; Amanda Stokes (Joe) of Stevensville, MD; Bran­don Drabczyk (Lind­sey) of Pasadena, MD; Robert Knotts (Crys­tal) of Centreville, MD; Kara Drabczyk of Grasonville, MD; Michael Wolfe of An­napo­lis, MD; eight great­grand­chil­dren; spe­cial cousins: James B. Log­gins of Crofton, MD; Tam­mye Ke­ola and Justin Ma­hon of David­sonville, MD; also sur­vived by sis­ters-in-law: Dorothy Harr, Lu­cille Wine­gar, Sue Wag­ner, Re­becca Harr, Ann Mays (Charles); broth­ers-in­law: Her­man Harr (Betty); Wayne Harr (Vi­vian) of Blountville, TN; Dale Harr (Vir­ginia) of Kingsport, TN; as well as many very spe­cial nieces and neph­ews and many won­der­ful friends and neigh­bors.

Jer­rie and Will moved to Maryland in early 1959; Jer­rie stayed at home rais­ing their three daugh­ters, and was an ex­cep­tional home­maker, mother and wife. As her daugh­ters grew older, she be­gan a ca­reer as a Den­tal As­sis­tant and Den­tal Of­fice Man­ager un­til re­tir­ing to Centreville, MD. In the early 1990s, Jer­rie and Will built their dream home and en­joyed many years of trav­el­ing, gar­den­ing and spend­ing time with their beloved fam­ily.

She loved warm weather, va­ca­tion­ing in Aruba, swim­ming in her pool and had an out­stand­ing ap­ti­tude for grow­ing plants. She took great care to cre­ate a warm and beau­ti­ful home for her fam­ily. Above all, she loved her fam­ily and they loved her. She was a de­voted mem­ber of the Centreville United Methodist Church.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at the Centreville United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Fri­day, April 7. In­tern­ment will take place in Blountville, TN, at a later date.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville, MD 21617 or St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal, 501 St. Judes Place, Mem­phis, TN 38105 (

Spe­cial thanks to Com­pass Re­gional Hospice in Centreville, MD. “Kitty” Kramer Gsell and Wil­liam Henry “Henny” Gsell. Kay was a proud grad­u­ate of Ch­ester­town High School and Goldey-Bea­com Col­lege.

Kay drove a school bus for Kent County Pub­lic Schools for a few years, owned and opened a kinder­garten class and for over 30 years was a so­cial worker with the State of Maryland’s Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices. Dur­ing her years as a so­cial worker, Kay was a proud and pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for those that needed as­sis­tance in life’s jour­ney. Af­ter re­tir­ing from the State of Maryland, Kay was a court com­mis­sioner and li­censed Re­al­tor for Cham­pion Realty un­til her pass­ing. Kay es­pe­cially en­joyed help­ing first time home buy­ers.

Kay was a life­long res­i­dent of Ch­ester­town, and so very proud to call Ch­ester­town home. Kay loved all ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volved fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity. She was a fix­ture on the side­lines or au­di­ence at any event in which her sons or grand­chil­dren were in­volved. She es­pe­cially en­joyed her beau­ti­ful home, gar­den­ing, cook­ing and, most of all, host­ing fam­ily/ friends.

She was a long­time mem­ber of the Eastern Star and a life­long mem­ber of Christ United Methodist Church of Ch­ester­town. She also was a proud and ac­tive past mem­ber of the Kent County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Kay is sur­vived by sons Gre­gory K. Starkey and wife Is­abel of Stevensville, Gary S. Starkey and wife Lisa of Arnold and Wil­liam H. “Hank” Starkey and wife Kim of Centreville; grand­chil­dren Robert Ap­ple­feld, Rachel Starkey, Lau­ren Starkey, Sarah Starkey, Stephen Starkey and Bryan Starkey; great-grand­daugh­ter Bris­lin Moon Ap­ple­feld; sis­ters Joyce Hah­nel and Deb­o­rah Carter; niece Tr­ish Ben­ton; and her beloved dog, Mei Leigh.

Ser­vice to be held at 11 a.m. April 8 at Christ United Methodist Church, 401 High St., Ch­ester­town. Cel­e­bra­tion re­cep­tion to fol­low at 12:30 p.m. at Ch­ester River Yacht & Coun­try Club, 7738 Quaker Neck Road, Ch­ester­town.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial do­na­tions can be made to Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, 160 Cour­se­vall Drive, Centreville, MD 21617.

Thank you to all friends, co-work­ers and care­givers. Our fam­ily sends our sin­cere thanks for your love, sup­port, and friend­ship.

Kay lived her life by these three words: Pas­sion, Strength, and Love.

Ar­range­ments by Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Fu­neral Home, Ch­ester­town.

www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­ is sur­vived by three daugh­tersin-law, 15 grand­chil­dren and 23 nieces and neph­ews.

Born Dec. 16, 1934, and raised in Dun­dalk, Shirley at­tended and grad­u­ated from Pat­ter­son Park High School in 1952. Fol­low­ing her mar­riage to Vito at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Dun­dalk, the cou­ple moved to Ch­ester­town in 1960. They to­gether part­nered to raise their fam­ily, while suc­cess­fully own­ing and op­er­at­ing Ch­ester­town Phar­macy. Af­ter her hus­band’s pass­ing, she be­came the store’s sole pro­pri­etor, be­fore its of­fi­cial clos­ing in 2013. Shirley also was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ch­ester­town com­mu­nity, serv­ing on many com­mit­tees and so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions.

She will be re­mem­bered best as a de­voted wife and mother who put ev­ery­one’s needs and in­ter­ests ahead of her own.

A mass will be held at 10 a.m. Satur­day, April 1, at Sa­cred Heart Catholic Church, High Street, Ch­ester­town. Rel­a­tives and friends may gather on Fri­day, March 31, be­tween the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Fu­neral Home, 130 Speer Road, Ch­ester­town. In­ter­ment will be in Ch­ester Ceme­tery, Ch­ester­town.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily asks that con­tri­bu­tions be made to Kent Cen­ter, 215 Scheeler Road, Ch­ester­town, MD 21620.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at www. fh­n­fu­ner­al­




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