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Alice Softley Earles Organist, choir director


Alice Softley Earles, a retired Johns Hopkins University clerk who served as organist and choir director at churches in Baltimore and Florida, died July 22 of complications to Alzheimer's disease at Good Samaritan Hospital.

A memorial service for Mrs. Earles, who was 86 and lived in Cub Hill, is scheduled for 12:30 this afternoon at Calvary Baptist Church, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson.

Mrs. Earles had served as organist and choir director at the Towson church from 1950 until 1963, after 22 years at Grace Baptist Church.

She finished her church work in Baltimore with five years at St. John's United Methodist Church on St. Paul Street. Upon her retirement in 1968 after working 10 years on Hopkins' Homewood Campus, she moved to Montverde, Fla., and served two churches in that state.

The former Alice Softley was a native of Farsley, England, who moved to Nitro, W.Va., with her family at age 13. She lived in Baltimore after her marriage in 1926 to John Curtis Earles Sr., who died in 1972.

She is survived by a son, John Curtis Earles Jr. of Cub Hill; two daughters, Rose Marie Paice of Sacramento, Calif., and Ann Jeanette O'Neal of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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