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Crossland ‘74 alumna fatally struck by D.C. commuter bus

Beverly Williams died June 24 in a tragic accident. She was heading home to La Plata when she ran to catch her bus on K Street and fell under the back wheels of the bus.

She had just left work as a legal secretary at an international law firm, for the 90-minute commute she’d made every day for the past 27 years.
Beverly Ann Bridgett was born in Washington, the daughter of Francis Eugene and Louella Lennis Bridgett. She grew up in Prince George’s and graduated from Crossland in 1974. She received her bachelor’s from George Mason University, and for 33 years worked as a legal secretary, beginning with Dewey Ballantine law firm and finally at McKenna, Aldridge & Long.
She and David Lee Williams married and moved to Dentsville in Charles County where they lived at Hilltop Farm, which has been in the family since 1879. Bev enjoyed horseback riding with her daughter Megan, antiquing with her husband, and gardening.
Bev was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her husband David, her mother Louella, daughter Megan, stepdaughters Jenna and Jaime, and many other relatives and friend, all grieving the untimely death of this lovely woman.
She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport where her funeral was held. She is buried in the church cemetery.

Neighbors
The Morningside 4th of July Parade was, as always, a lot of fun. At our watching post, members of Suitland Road Baptist handed out water, often running into the street to take a bottle to a parader. Morningside Mayor Ken Wade led off, riding a putt-putt car, followed by lots of elected officials in cars, newly-elected Clerk of the Circuit Court, Sydney Harrison on foot, a truck from Tommy’s Auto Service & Body Shop, a pick-up “float” from Skyline, a sedan bearing VFW Auxiliary members, County Police cyclists doing figure 8s, a long line of handsome vintage cars, and more. Two of the Sisters from Eritrea, in the convent behind me, showed up waving American flags. And a woman from South Africa was there with her dog. I always wish for Morningside Majorettes and the Drum & Bugle Corps. But those days are gone forever.
Rose Hoffman, who used to live in Morningside, drove up from Prince Frederick and took me to lunch at Texas Ribs. Always good to see her!
I had a call from my former neighbor, Virginia Stine, who now lives in Wingate on the Eastern Shore. She’s 93, still drives, still quilts, and is active in several organizations. Her big sister, Rachel Hunniford, out in Illinois, turned 104 in January and still lives alone.
She asked about Jean Glaubitz and Ruth Sellner. I had to tell her the sad news that both have passed away.
Mattie Stepanek, formerly of District Heights, suffered from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Nevertheless, he became a best-selling poet and peace advocate, and died just short of his 14th birthday in 2004. On June 22, the 10th anniversary of his death, his mother Jeni Stepanek, other family and friends gathered at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington for a memorial Mass. Among those attending were a number of priests who’d known Mattie, and Raymond Arroyo, the lead anchor on EWTN’s news program, “The World Over.”

Applause
Suitland High School can brag about Donald Richardson. After Suitland, he went on to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, majored in math, was president of the school’s math honor society and crew team, graduated in May, and is heading to the University of Michigan to work on a doctorate in industrial engineering.

Can you beat this?
We moved here in 1958, and by the ‘60s realized we had to do something about the basement—mildew and mold were mounting. So, I headed to Montgomery Ward in Iverson Mall and bought a dehumidifier, Model UAN-3188, the only one we’ve ever had. It is still running, about 50 years later. I just emptied the bucket.

Changing landscape
The N.Y. Chicken, Fish & Grill restaurant in Andrews Manor opened in mid-2013. Business just never took off, but I finally tried it and had a really delicious meal of catfish, greens and mac-and-cheese. I vowed to return. Then two days after Thanksgiving, it burned. And has sat charred and sad ever since. On July 8 it was demolished. No eatery at that location has ever been successful. I suspect it will become parking lot.
Strayer University will soon be able to move into its brand new building on Auth Way in Camp Springs.
One side of Silver Hill Road is finally paved, but the other side is grooved and waiting to be paved. St. Barnabas Road—where it meets up with Silver Hill Road—is still in rough shape.

Gertrude Duckett dies at 102
“Gertrude’s life was one of humble and joyful service,” Father Isidore Dixon eulogized at her funeral at Holy Rosary Parish in Rosaryville, “She was a midwife, care-giver, live-in nanny and day care provider for many children. Though unmarried and never having borne any children, Gertrude was called ‘Mother’ by many.”
Gertrude Charity Duckett was born Aug. 12, 1922 to Richard Duckett and Charity Jameson. She was one of 22 children—10 brothers and 11 sisters. She is buried at Resurrection Cemetery.

May they rest in peace
Kevin Anthony McManus, 56, a 1975 graduate of Crossland, died Jan. 25. He grew up in Camp Springs and had a career as a news videographer and editor. Among the coverage he handled was the crash of Swissair Flight 111 off the eastern coast of Canada in 1998 and the Quecreek mine rescue in Pennsylvania in 2002. Survivors include three sisters.
Francis Wesley Carver, 79, of Shadyside and formerly of Hillside, died June 23 in Harwood. He was a 1953 graduate of Suitland High, served in the Navy and became a firefighter in Arlington where he retired. He was a life member of the Hillside VFD.

Milestones
Happy birthday to Russell Butler, July 18; Mike Fowler Sr. and Eddie Hall, July 19; Donna Buchin, Dorothy Gessner and Tina Nichols, July 20; Mary Hay and Jeff Frederick, July 21; Ryan Simms and David Cook, July 22; and Virginia Price, July 23.
Happy anniversary to my daughter Sheila and John Mudd, their 24th on July 20;
Percy and Barbara Crawford, their 42nd on July 22; and Steve and Tessie Johnson, their 14th on July 22.

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