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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By Mary McHale

Loved to fish, she caught a 5-foot marlin

Dorothy “Dottie” Carroll, 93, formerly my neighbor on Skyline Drive, died Aug. 22, in Roanoke, Va. She was born in Roanoke County, the youngest of the large family of Henry and Mary Hartman.

With war threatening in 1941, she came to Washington to work for the federal government, eventually serving at the Department of Treasury, National Security Resources Board, War Assets Administration and U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. She was sent to Switzerland during the Geneva Conference.

She was a member of the Ager Road U.M. Church, Bells U. M. Church, Camp Springs Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and the American Legion. She loved to bowl, dance, travel and fish. Off the coast of North Carolina, she once caught a 5-foot marlin.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Tillmen Charles Lewis and Kenneth Lee Carroll. Survivors include many nieces and nephews and her very special stepson, Wayne Carroll.

Coming up

Bells Church invites you to a Car Wash & Fish Fry on Aug. 31. The car wash begins at 8 a.m. and the fish fry at 11 a.m. Sponsored by the United Methodist Men. For information about the fish fry, call Marlon Richardson at 301-437-7181.

Loyola on the Potomac is hosting its annual Crab Feast and Open House from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 with all-you-can-eat-crabs, hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream and more — plus all-you-can-drink beer and sodas, live music and hayrides. Admission: Adults, $50 for one and $85 for two; children 12 and under $25; age 4 and under get in free. For information, contact Lisa White at 301-392-0819 or

Mount Calvary Church invites you to come to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Forestville from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 for its annual Crab Feast. Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. For information, call Amy Jones at 301-336-5824.


VFW 9619’s parking lot was used Aug. 16 as a distribution place for backpacks filled with school supplies for children of military members serving at Joint Base Andrews. Operation Homefront D.C. Metro and Science Applications International Corporation hosted the giveaway.

Morningside Recreation Council member Susan Frostbutter accepted certificates of appreciation for the Council from Vice Mayor Jim Ealey at the August town meeting, in recognition of the good job they did planning the July Fourth parade and festivities.

School report

Our local schools opened Aug. 19, and all are under-enrolled. Teachers love that!      

Mark Dennison is back as principal of Skyline School, which has 216 enrolled (228 capacity).

Imagine Foundations at Morningside (formerly Morningside Elementary) has Peter Thompson as principal and 300 enrolled (500 capacity).

Patricia Payne is principal of Benjamin D. Foulois Creative & Performing Arts Academy. Enrollment is 553 (of a possible 796).

Many in our area are bused to William Beans Elementary in Suitland, where Dana Tutt is principal. There are 436 enrolled (584 capacity).

Changing landscape

The North Forestville Community Center officially opened July 31. It is an expansion of North Forestville Elementary School and North Forestville Neighborhood Park, at 2311 Ritchie Road. For information about activities, call 301-446-3300.

A firm called Panda Power Funds has proposed building an 859-megawatt natural-gas-fired power plant in an industrial area of Brandywine. They need the approval of the Maryland Public Service Commission. I assume we’ll be hearing lots more about this.

May they rest in peace

Richard H. Everett, 82, of Clinton, an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission, died Aug. 7. He retired in 1986. A native Washingtonian, he graduated from American University and Washington College of Law. He enjoyed vacationing on Cape Cod and was an active member of Clinton Baptist Church.  In June he and his wife Mary Stott Everett celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She survives him, along with three children, Nancy E. Everett, Richard K. Everett and Stephen E. Everett, and six grandchildren.

Jean O’Donovan Estabrook, 89, of Sherwood Forest and formerly of Camp Springs, died Aug. 20. She was a graduate of St. Cecilia’s Academy and, along with her husband, was a founding member of St. Philip’s Church. Her husband, Dr. Timothy O’Donovan, died in 1973. She is survived by eight children, Maureen, Meaghan, Colleen, Timothy Jr., Stephen, Denis, Terrence and Sean; 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. John Neumann Church in Annapolis.


Happy birthday to Wanda Payne Simms, Bria Barbour-Ray, Denis Wood, Jai McCune and Caitlin Rose Woods, Aug. 30; Mary Berkley and Travis Mullins, Aug. 31; Christine Hoehl, Judy Busky, Earl Simms, Rebecca Capps and my great-granddaughter Mary Adela McHale, Sept. 1; Suzanne Kenney, Sept. 2; Andrelic Howard, Fr. Arnold DePorter and Selaine Ealey, Sept. 3; Loretta Carter, Sept. 4; and my dear friend Mary Mitchell, who turns 90 on Sept. 4

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