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Morningside-Skyline column for May 9

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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, May 08, 2013

By Mary McHale

Come to the Skyline Plant Sale and Flea Market

Drop by the Morningside firehouse from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, for Skyline’s first Spring Plant Sale, offering quality perennials, unique annuals and hanging baskets. All proceeds support the Skyline Citizens Neighborhood Beautification Projects. For information, email

Also on May 18, the Skyline Flea Market will be at the Morningside Fire Department from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available. To reserve a table, for $13, or for information, call Kenia at 301-967-1320 or Suzanne at 240-838-6412.

Chaplins celebrate Golden Anniversary

Emanuel Chaplin and Juanita Lark were wed 50 years ago on April 27, and this April they were guests of honor at a Golden Wedding Anniversary banquet hosted for them by their children and grandchildren at the Nautilus Diner and Restaurant in Crofton.

I called on them at their Lucente Avenue home and learned they first met in the fifth grade of Drayton Street School in Newberry, S.C. They graduated from Drayton, which had 12 grades back then, and went their separate ways — he to trade school to become an electrician and she to Allen University in Columbia, S.C., to become a teacher.

Juanita began to teach and Emanuel went into the Army, served in Germany, and then moved to Washington. But one day when he was back home in Newbery, he spotted Juanita in another car and called out to her for a date. They were married at Elisha AME Church on April 27, 1963. They moved to Washington, and eventually to Skyline in 1973.

Emanuel worked for several companies, finally retiring from Bradby Electric in 1999. Juanita taught second grade and special education at Payne Elementary in Southeast Washington and, in retirement, subbed at Princeton. They are very active members of Community United Methodist Church in Northeast Washington and are members of the Skyline Citizens Association.

Best of all, they are proud parents of Chip, John and Sandy, and grandparents of Quenna, Breeze, Justin, Dominique, John Jr. and Sydney.  


Peyton Wade, daughter of Amy and Bradley Wade and granddaughter of Ruth and John Anthony, was born April 15, on the 85th birthday of her great-grandmother, Eva Frances Wade. They all live in Morningside.        

Eva Marie Anthony, another great-granddaughter of Eva Wade, has received an Award of Achievement of People in the Disability Community from the Maryland Association of Community Service Awards.

Virginia Stine, my former neighbor on Skyline Drive and now of Wingate, Md., on the Eastern Shore, turns 92 on May 11. She continues to make beautiful quilts.

I am delighted to have my son Brian visit me from Fort Walton Beach, Fla. On May 6, he entertained the children at the nearby Daughters of St. Anne daycare. He talked to them about his work as a Boeing engineer and played his guitar for them.

May they rest in peace

Jim Cray, 93, longtime resident of Skyline, died March 28. He had lived for many years on Elmendorf Drive until just recently when he and his wife Florence moved to Owings Mills. I’ll run a tribute to him in next week’s column.

Jane Elizabeth Wells, 89, who lived on West Avenue in Suitland until she moved to Annapolis 21 years ago, died April 28. She was born in Forestville to Arcenious and Louise Beane and graduated in 1940 from Marlboro High, attended Strayer Business College, and worked as bank teller, bookkeeper, and as a secretary at the Census Bureau. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Queen’s Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Edwin V. Wells, Jr. She was the mother of Ronald Wells, Mary K. Vass and Patricia Barrett, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of 13.

Recently I ran a happy birthday message for Gretchen Ennis, only to learn from Loretta Hooe that she died three years ago. Gretchen was her mother and Harvey Ennis was her dad. They lived in the same Doppler Street home in Capitol Heights for 65 years, and Harvey was mayor of Capitol Heights in the early 1950s. He died about 13 years ago. Gretchen was candy dipper for Fannie May candies in downtown Washington for 30 years. In later years she moved next door to Loretta in the Spanish Village Apartments in District Heights. She was almost 97 when she died in February 2010.


Happy birthday to Gladys Locks, Shirley Eppard and Elijah Thomas, May 10; Carolyn Flaherty Fogle, May 11; Kyle Dameron, May 12; Henrietta Bookhart, Ted Harris and Micheal White, May 13; my granddaughter Naomi Gallegos and Helen Fadness, May 15; Fr. Charles McCann, Kenneth Darcey, Tim Cordero and Kitty Marshall, May 16.

Happy anniversary to Donna and Wayne Anderson on May 14.

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