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Marian J. Amprey


Marian Jackson Amprey, homemaker and churchwoman, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 81 and lived on West Lanvale Street.

Mrs. Amprey was a familiar face at Baltimore school headquarters, where she visited her son, Superintendent Walter G. Amprey, said schools spokesman Nat Harrington.

"She was a supremely graceful person," Mr. Harrington said. "She had a very warm personality, so comforting and sensitive. She was a very intuitive person, and she was from the old school: She gave and gave and gave."

Mrs. Amprey was born in Baltimore. She graduated from Douglass High School in 1933 and attended Baltimore Junior College.

She was a member of many civic and social organizations, including the Evergreen Improvement Association, which serves the neighborhood where she lived for many years.

For 68 years, she was a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition to Dr. Amprey, she is survived by her husband of 53 years, Joseph L. Amprey Sr.; two other sons, Joseph L. Amprey Jr. of Reading, Pa., and Wendell Amprey of Oklahoma; two sisters; a brother; and six grandchildren.

Cora Stirn Feeley


Cora Stirn Feeley, who had been a seamstress at Bon Secours Hospital as a volunteer and an employee, died Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson after a stroke. She was 100.

Mrs. Feeley, who lived in Towson in recent years, retired in 1970 after 25 years at the Southwest Baltimore hospital, where she made nurses caps and repaired altar linens.

Before moving to Towson from Southwest Baltimore, she also had been active at St. Martin Roman Catholic Church, making uniforms for the parish school orchestra and arranging flowers for the annual May procession. She was also a member of the Ladies of Charity at the church.

She was born Cora Stirn in Catonsville and attended Catonsville High School.

Services for Mrs. Feeley are scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Evans Funeral Chapel, 2325 York Road, Timonium. A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

Her husband, Harry L. Feeley, a retired head teller at a Maryland National Bank branch, died in 1978.

She is survived by two sons, Francis M. Feeley of Lutherville and H. Lawrence Feeley Jr. of Rodgers Forge; a daughter, Mary Katharyn Cassady of Baynesville; a brother, Rudolph Stirn of Arbutus; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Eleazer Floyd


Eleazer Floyd, a retired bricklayer, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital after a heart attack. He was 64 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Mr. Floyd retired about three years ago from D&D; Contractors. He had worked for contractors in Washington before moving to the Baltimore area in the mid-1950s.

He was born in Lumberton, N.C., and served in the Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Floyd was vice president of the United Usher Board at Fulton Baptist Church, North Avenue at Retreat Street, where services are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today.

He is survived by a daughter, Selena Floyd of Baltimore; a son, McKeithen Floyd of Baltimore; two sisters, Neva McRae of Fayetteville, N.C., and Arthelia Thompson of Baltimore; a brother, Purcell Floyd of Lumberton; a granddaughter; and a friend, Catherine Bailey of Baltimore.

Hilda B. Christmas

Retired housekeeper

Hilda Bernice Christmas, a retired housekeeper who was active in church and community work, died Saturday of cancer at Mercy Medical Center. She was 62 and lived in West Baltimore.

She worked in many homes in the Baltimore area and retired about three years ago because of illness.

She was born Hilda Chaney in Baltimore and graduated from Carver Vocational Technical High School. She was a resident of Gilmor Homes public housing complex, and she was a member of the tenants board of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.

She was president of the Deaconess Board and the Pastor's Aides at the Gillis Memorial Community Church, 4016 Park Heights Ave., where services are scheduled for noon today.

She is survived by her husband, Russell Christmas; two sons, Raynard Chaney and DeVone Marshall, both of Baltimore; a stepson, Darrell Christmas of Boston; three daughters, Angela Robinson, Marsha Hudson and Latanya Strickland, all of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Alfreida Christmas of Boston; two brothers, Oliver Lee Chaney and Irvin Chaney, both of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Laurance Jones, 85, a native of Baltimore, died Tuesday of complications of cancer at a nursing home in Charleston, W.Va., where he had been in the insurance business for many years.

Mr. Jones, a graduate of the University of Maryland law school, was a Navy officer during World War II. He moved to Charleston in 1948.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ann Dickinson Pritchard; two daughters, Laura Patterson of Charleston and Constance Jones Butler of Longbranch, N.J.; two sons, Daniel Boyd Jones and Robert Pritchard Jones, both of Charleston; and two grandchildren.

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