Elizabeth Whayland devoted her entire life to children, ruling her second-graders at Ferndale Elementary School with a kind but firm hand. So when she died earlier this month at the age of 89, Ferndale residents gathered to remember her.
"Her heart and soul was in Ferndale; she loved it here," said Louise Layton, one of Mrs. Whayland's former second-grade students. "She gave her whole life to Ferndale Elementary School."
Mrs. Layton's children and grandchildren were also her students.
Mrs. Whayland's career began at Linthicum Elementary, but she moved to Ferndale after it opened in 1926. She taught third grade; her husband, Charles, was principal. He later became principal of Glen Burnie High School. Mrs. Whayland taught at Ferndale until her retirement in 1969, when her husband died.
Remembers Marie Pfaff, "I was secretary at the school for 27 years, and Mrs. Whayland was well-liked and highly thought of."
Cornelia Hepinstall, principal at Ferndale from 1953 to 1955, remembers that if she ever needed anything, Mrs. Whayland was always there to help. "The Whaylands were true dalmation lovers," she added. "One day she brought in a photo of a birthday party with their two dogs sitting up at a table, bib and all."
"She was the best teacher," recalled longtime Ferndale resident Doris Waldman, who spent 12 years at Ferndale Elementary as a classroom aide. "She was kind and understanding, yet when the kids really needed discipline or talking to, she did that. She was a typical old-time school teacher."
Although Mrs. Whayland had lived in Annapolis, she was very devoted to Ferndale, Waldman said.
An academic scholarship was established in Mrs. Whayland's name in 1956, said Rita Lowman, an active parent at Ferndale Elementary.
Spring can't be far off if the North County High School Band and Band Front is sponsoring its Easter Flower Sale. Choose from lilies, daffodils, geraniums, hyacinths, azaleas, tulips, fuchsias, bridal veil, ivy geraniums and impatiens. Prices range from $3 to $12.
Proceeds will benefit the group's trip to Toronto, where they will compete against other bands from Canada and America.
Orders will be accepted until March 22 and can be placed with any band student or by calling the school at 859-5400. Flowers will be delivered April 6.
* Band parents will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the band room to finalize the band's Toronto trip.
Those interested in Italian food should attend a lasagna dinner Saturday sponsored by the Ladies Sodality at St. Phillip Neri Church. Two seatings will be available: from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Besides lasagna, the menu will include salad, Italian bread, homemade dessert, coffee, tea and punch. A tombola table, including many handcrafted items, also will be available.
The event's co-chairwomen are Ginny Glover and Jeannette Lehman.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Please call 636-0693 or 636-0461 by tomorrow. Tickets will not be available at the door.
The Anne Arundel Gridiron Rebels will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the North County High School cafeteria. All members are encouraged to attend. General meetings take place the third Tuesday of each month.
The District 32 Democratic Club will meet Thursday at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department. A dinner of stuffed chicken breast, vegetable, rolls and butter will be served at 7 p.m. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m.
A representative of North Arundel Hospital will discuss the past 25 years, its plans for its future, the community services available and health care issues. New members are invited to attend.
For more information, call Evelyn Kellner at 969-9325 or Valerie Serio at 850-0470.
Faith! How to get it. How to keep it. What to do with it. These are some of the topics of evangelist Steve Fontenot of Texas, who will visit Glen Burnie Church of Christ from Sunday through March 26. Services are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The book of Psalms will be the topic of daily Bible classes at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.
The church is at 2 Eastern St. in Ferndale, just off Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. All are welcome to attend.
For more information, call 859-0511.
The Ferndale United Methodist Church Women will present their annual Flea Market from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. This is their biggest fund-raiser of the year. Clothing will be sold in the church's lower level. Please, no early birds. Vegetable soup, hot dogs and pit beef will be sold beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The hall is at the corner of Hollins Ferry and Ferndale roads. Do not park next to the 'No Parking' signs near the building.
For information or table rentals, call 766-9220.
A few weeks ago, we wished Angelisa Proserpi good luck. Now, congratulations are in order. On March 7, Angelisa won the Miss Maryland Teen-USA 1993 Pageant.
The girls were judged on interviews and bathing suit and evening gown competitions.
"She received a perfect score from all seven judges, something which is very unusual," her mom, Theresa Proserpi, said. "The pageant was so much fun, and I was very excited to see her win. I hadn't been so excited since she was born."
In August, Angelisa will travel to Biloxi, Miss., to represent Maryland in the national 1993 Miss Teen USA Pageant.