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Russell H. Franklin

Retired firefighter

Russell Hampton Franklin, a Baltimore firefighter for 29 years, died Aug. 6 of liver cancer at his home in Catonsville. He was 77.

He retired as a lieutenant in 1974.

Mr. Franklin was a Baltimore native and Southern High School graduate.

He was a member of the Baltimore Antique Bottle Club and the Baltimore Fire Officers Association.

Mr. Franklin enjoyed crabbing on the Wye River and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Lorraine M. Unger; two sons, James U. Franklin of Ellicott City and Thomas U. Franklin of Eldersburg; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Reservoir Circle, Suite 203, Baltimore 21208.

Services were held Aug. 10.

Sister Eymard Ruth

Retired teacher was 96

Sister Mary Eymard Ruth, SSND, a retired French and business teacher, died Saturday of heart failure at the Maria Health Center at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Eymard will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

At 96, she was the oldest living alumna of the Institute of Notre Dame, where she graduated in 1916. She received her bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and earned her master's degree in French and history in 1942 from Villanova University.

The former Marie Virginia Ruth took her vows in Baltimore in 1919 and began her career at St. Mary's School in Buffalo, N.Y., as a business teacher. In 1922, she moved to Philadelphia where she was a business teacher at St. Peter's School until 1940.

From 1940 to 1954 she taught French and business at Holy Angels in Fort Lee, N.J. Sister Eymard taught at St. Mary, Bryantown, in Queen Anne's County, from 1954 to 1973, then was a part-time librarian there until retiring a decade later.

She is survived by three cousins, Sister Vincent Spencer, RSM, of Belmont, N.C., Virginia Schachner of Hartsville, S.C., and Charlotte Conley of Jacksonville, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Retirement Fund of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St.

Edith Mae Prince

Baltimore homemaker

Edith Mae Prince, a homemaker and longtime resident of Baltimore, died Thursday after a heart attack at her home on Lauretta Avenue.

Services for Mrs. Prince, who was 82, will be held today at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 2201 Garrison Blvd.

Born and educated in Greenville, N.C., she completed high school in the late 1920s.

In 1932, she married James C. Prince, a bricklayer and cement finisher who died in 1956.

She moved to Baltimore in the late 1940s and joined the women's choir and the Queen Esther Club at Mount Moriah Baptist Church.

Mrs. Prince liked to sew and travel. She made trips to Canada, South Carolina, New York and California.

She is survived by three sons, Artis L. Prince and James C. Prince III, both of Baltimore, and Harvey V. Prince of San Francisco; four daughters, Helen P. Stith-Smith, Dorothy M. Stone and Verna L. Fleming, all of Baltimore, and Gloria Jean Prince of Honolulu; a brother, Chester Fleming of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Moriah Baptist Church.

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