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Sister Martha

Retired English teacher

Sister Martha Yardley, D.C., who taught at the old Seton High School in Baltimore and served as a hostess at the Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Villa St. Michael, the retirement home in Emmitsburg for the Daughters of Charity. She was 90.

Sister Martha was a high school English teacher for much of her career, which began in 1928 shortly after she entered the Daughters of Charity.

She taught at Seton High School until 1941 and then at schools in Portsmouth, Va., and Charleston, S.C., before her final teaching assignment at St. Joseph's School in Martinsburg, W.Va., where she served as principal and superior of the religious community.

Born in Manchester, Va., she earned a bachelor's degree at St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg and a master's degree at Mount St. Mary's College there.

She served from 1977 until 1989 as hostess at the shrine, now the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, where a Mass of Christian burial was to be offered for her at 11 a.m. today.

There are no close surviving relatives.

Sister Eymard

Provincial official

Sister Mary Eymard Moquin, R.S.M., who had been a teacher and a provincial official of the Sisters of Mercy, died Saturday at the Villa, a retirement community for sisters in Baltimore County.

Sister Eymard, who was 82, had been director of novices at the old Mount St. Agnes complex of her order from 1954 to 1960 and a member of the Provincial Council from 1966 to 1970. She also served as superior at St. Francis de Sales School in Salisbury from 1950 to 1954 and as superior and principal at the Little Flower School in Woodstock from 1964 to 1966. From 1960 to 1964, she taught at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Baynesville, where she also taught part time from 1970 until her retirement in 1990.

She also taught at two schools in the Mount St. Agnes complex: at Mount St. Agnes School in 1948 and 1949, and at the Mount Washington Country School during much of the time she was a member of the provincial council. She also had taught at St. Peter's School in Oakland; at St. Gregory's School and St. Bernard's School, both in Baltimore, and at schools in Port Richmond, Va., and Savannah, Ga.

The former Genevieve Moquin was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School and College. She also held a master's degree from Loyola College.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the chapel of the Villa, at 6806 Bellona Ave.

Sister Eymard is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Bauer of Baltimore; a niece; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mary Newell Minor

Interpretive dancer

Mary Newell Minor, who had been an interpretive dancer as a young woman, died Sunday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Cromwell of kidney failure.

Mrs. Minor, who was 85, lived on Hess Road in Monkton. She moved to the Baltimore area in the early 1940s with her husband, Dr. Edward E. Minor, a physicist who had retired as head of the Ballistics Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Ground before his death in 1985.

The former Mary Newell Schultz was born in Columbia, Mo., and reared in Morgantown, W.Va., and Washington. She studied dance privately and, as Mary Newell, performed ballet and Oriental dance in recitals all over the world in the late 1920s and the 1930s.

Services for Mrs. Minor were to be held at 12:30 p.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road in Monkton.

She is survived by two sons, William H. Minor of Monkton and Edward C. Minor of Franklin, Va.; a daughter, Alice Ann Slade of Westminster; a sister, Ann Lane Moss of Coral Gables, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

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