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Mary McHale

Published on: Friday, March 01, 2013

By Mary McHale

“Best of Broadway” features tenor, pianist and great music

Davies Concert Series — now in its 40th year — is presenting “Best of Broadway” on Sunday, March 10, featuring tenor Brian Quenton Thorne and pianist Francis Conlon. Included will be works of George and Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg, the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, Irving Berlin and Henry Mancini. A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert.

The concert is at 6:30 p.m. at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Road in Camp Springs.  For information, call 301-868-0082.           

Davies Concert Series is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Maryland, committed to presenting classical music concerts, offering educational opportunities for young audiences, and providing a venue for new American music.

More changes for Morningside Police

Sgt. Wesley Stevenson has been named acting chief, following the recent resignation of Chief Jeffrey Gray.

Aaron Nureni was sworn in as private first class in the Morningside Police Department at the Jan. 15 town meeting.


Yvonne Hoba, of Morningside, has graduations coming up for her daughters, both of whom are honor students. N’Sou is graduating from Crossland, and college acceptance letters are coming in. Daughter Yvonna is graduating from Foulois Academy and has auditioned in dance for Suitland High’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

Tonya Neal, president of Morningside’s Beautification Committee, announced at the town meeting on Feb. 19, that the brick wall, at the corner of Suitland and Randolph Roads, has been refurbished. A new sign, “Town of Morningside,” has been designed and will be installed. Then there will be landscaping. Check it out in a month or two.

Grace Carruth, maker of porcelain dolls, dies at 88

Grace J. Carruth, who was born on the Fourth of July, 1924, died Feb. 17 at the Calvert County Nursing Center. Grace and her husband James were among the earliest Morningside residents. They are listed in the 1952 Morningside Directory at 13 Marianne Drive, and Grace still lived there until she moved to Calvert County recently to be near family.

She was a longtime Auxiliary member of VFW 9619 and she attended Bells United Methodist Church. She loved to cook and sew, and she made beautiful porcelain dolls.

Her husband of 45 years, James E. Carruth, died April 24, 1990. Grace was the mother of Robert Gordon and his wife Linda, Frances Finstad and her late husband Clem, Thomas Carruth and his wife Barbara, Joan Snyder and her husband Robert, Jane Taylor and her late husband Bob, Gail Wells and her husband Bob, and Susan Pietrucha and her husband David. She is survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at Lee Funeral Home in Owings with visitation from 1 to 5 p.m. March 10, and the funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. March 11, followed by a service at 1 p.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.

Jean Bohannon, ninth great-granddaughter of Anne Arunel, dies at 91

Regina Lohr “Jean” Bohannon, longtime resident of Camp Springs, died Feb. 1. She was born in Washington, D.C., and attended St. Teresa’s School and Eastern High. She married Harvey Bohannon and they moved to Middleton Lane. They were founding members of St. Philip’s Church. 

Jean was active with the Sodality and was prefect in 1972. She could often be seen working in the parish hall kitchen along with her daughter Lynda.

She is survived by five children and their spouses: Lynda Bohannon, Eleanor and Roger Heeger, Sharon and Steve Ferralli, Harvey “Butch” Bohannon, and William “Bill” and Karen Bohannon; her sister Ruth and George Hoehl; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Fr. Edward Hegnauer celebrated Mass of Christian Burial. Fr. Scott Hahn gave the homily and Dolores Steinhilber did the readings. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery.

On her 90th birthday she received a gift of a well-researched list of her ancestry: She is the eighth great-granddaughter of Thomas Greene, Proprietary Governor of Maryland, 1647-1649; ninth great-granddaughter of Anne Arundel; and ninth great-granddaughter of Cecil Calvert and Leonard Calvert.


Happy birthday to Winifred Lanehart, March 1; Karen (Elborne) Stern and Harold Titus, March 2; Jennifer Vilky, March 3; Amy Schlor and Matthew Flaherty, March 4; and Roy Derrick, March 6.

Happy anniversary to Tom and Sarah Shipman, their 54th on March 4, and to Larry and Susan Frostbutter on March 5. 

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