Carroll County Times

Patricia R. Amass, 78, of Westminster

Patricia Richter Amass, 78, of Westminster, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House.

Born June 28, 1935, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Marjorie McWilliams and Gerald E. Richter. She was the wife of Dr. Arnold "Skip" Amass, her husband of 57 years.

She lived her whole life in Carroll County, starting in Manchester, and moving to Westminster at age 9 for her father's job. She graduated from Westminster High School in 1953, participating in many school activities such as band and student government and serving as editor of the yearbook. She attended Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and graduated in 1957. At Western Maryland College she was president of the Student Christian Association, president of Phi Delta Sorority and an Argonaut. She graduated summa cum laude with honors in history, for which she received the DAR Lifetime Membership Award. She continued her graduate studies at Western Maryland College, receiving her master's in Education. She continued further studies at Hood College.

She served for a period of time as an adjunct professor at Western Maryland College in the education department. She started her career as a third-grade teacher at the East End Elementary School for 13 years. She then became supervisor of early childhood educational programs in Carroll County, such as Head Start and Title 1.

She was active in community activities commencing with the Junior Women's Club of Westminster, where she served as president and coordinated an after-school program to teach foreign languages to elementary school children. With the Women's Club of Westminster she participated in the "Used Book Program," the money from which was used to purchase Dr. Seuss books for elementary schools.

She was a charter member of the Bonds Meadow Rotary Club and served a term as the first woman president. The Rotary Club honored her with three Paul Harris Awards, one for her founding and service to the club, one for her community activities in the club and the other for international service to Rotary. She was instrumental in a program to eradicate River Blindness in Tanzania, Africa. She also conceived and organized along with International Medical Assistance in New Windsor (IMA) a program of Safe Motherhood Kits, which are distributed to women in third world countries to allow them to have sterile and safe births of their children.

Her faith was strong and she enjoyed activities at Westminster Methodist Church, especially the United Methodist Women where she was a district delegate promoting Safe Motherhood Kits. She had the women knitting baby blankets and knit caps to be included in the kits. She also led a weekly Bible study group.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are son Gerald A. Amass and fiancee Robin Wardenfelt, of Westminster; a grandson, Jordan Scott Amass, of Westminster; and numerous cousins.

She was predeceased by a son, John "Jack" Amass in 2001.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St., Westminster, with the Rev. Mark Smiley officiating. Private interment will follow at Meadow Branch Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Westminster United Methodist Church, 162 E. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157; or Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

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