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Edna A. Redmond

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Edna A. Redmond, a retired nursery school director who was active in church work, died Friday of congestive heart failure at the Cherrywood Manor Nursing Home in Reisterstown. She was 97.

A resident of Northwest Baltimore, she retired as director of the Interdenominational Nursery School in 1977, the year the school, which was located at Union Memorial United Methodist Church, closed.

She joined the faculty of the school when it was started in 1943 at the old Orchard Street United Methodist Church. Before then, she taught in Baltimore City public schools.

In 1919, she became a member of the Orchard Street Church and was a member of the Young Misses Group and a church school teacher before the congregation merged with Metropolitan United Methodist Church.

At Metropolitan United, she had been president of the Altar Guild, chairwoman of the Communion stewards and the United Methodist Women.

She was a former secretary of the Wesleyan Service Guild of the old Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church and was given several awards for service by Metropolitan United.

The former Edna A. Webster was born in Baltimore but reared in Atlantic City, N.J.

After graduating from Atlantic City High School, she returned to Baltimore. She graduated from what is now Coppin State College and also attended the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

Her husband, Clarence P. Redmond Sr., died in 1947.

Services were set for noon today at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 1121 W. Lanvale St., Baltimore.

She is survived by a son, Clarence P. Redmond Jr.; a daughter, Edna McCleary; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

Charles H. Baird

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Charles H. Baird, a retired Philadelphia financial analyst, died Monday of complications of a stroke at St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown, Pa. The Laverock, Pa., resident was 93.

He retired in 1955 from the securities brokerage business, where he had been an analyst with Fahnestock and Co. and also wrote the firm's monthly market report.

Born and reared in Chelsea, N.J., he was a graduate of the Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia. During World War I, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He returned to school after the war and received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1921.

During World War II, he served as a major in the Marine Corps.

He married the former Ethel Carrington of Baltimore in 1921. That marriage ended in divorce in 1932.

Survivors include his wife, the former May Krumbhaar, whom he married in 1975; a son, Matthew Baird of New York City; two daughters, Virginia B. Hundley of Ruxton and Edith B. Eglin of Lawrenceville, N.J.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was to be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Thomas' Church Whitemarsh in Fort Washington, Pa.

ZTC Memorial donations may be made to the Watch Hill Chapel Society, Box 173, Westerly, R.I. 02891, of which he was a trustee at the time of his death.

Matilda H. Beard

Church worker

Matilda H. Beard, who was active in church work, died Sunday of respiratory disease at Liberty Medical Center. She was 99.

The former Matilda Harris was a native of Baskerville, Va., and a graduate of the Thyne Institute in Boydton, Va.

When a young woman, she taught in elementary schools in Baskerville and then in Havre de Grace.

At the Fulton Baptist Church, she had been a member of the Emergency Club and the Missionary Society. Long a member of adult Sunday school classes, she also made sure her children and grandchildren attended classes.

Fond of reading the Bible, she could, until a few weeks ago, recite Bible verses and poetry and tell stories of her childhood on her father's cotton and tobacco farm.

Her husband, Samuel Beard, who had worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, died in 1986.

Services were set for 11:30 a.m. today at the Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave., Baltimore.

She is survived by two daughters, Catherine Beard and Bernice Thompson, both of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the church's building fund.

Duff M. Lake


Duff M. Lake, the founder of Peerce's Plantation restaurant on Dulaney Valley Road above the Loch Raven Reservoir, died Nov. 24 of heart failure at the home of his son, who lives near the establishment.

He was 85 and had lived in Ponte Vedra, Fla., since he retired in 1968 and turned the business over to his son.

In 1939, he started Peerce's Corner, a country store that became a small restaurant that grew and developed into a place where restaurant critics have found praiseworthy dishes, including veal Oscar, chicken liver mousse and beef mignonettes Lady Di.

A native of Baltimore who was reared in Cleveland, Mr. Lake returned here shortly before starting the business. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II.

Private services were held.

Mr. Lake is survived by his wife, the former Marie Worland; his son, Peerce M. Lake; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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