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Ruth A. White UpdikeRetired Baltimore teacherRuth A....


Ruth A. White Updike

Retired Baltimore teacher

Ruth A. White Updike, a retired Baltimore public school teacher, died Monday at St. Agnes Hospital from complications of a stroke. She was 83.

Mrs. Updike had been a resident of Charlestown Retirement Community since 1993. Earlier, she lived in Ellicott City.

She retired in 1976 from Marie Garnett Farring Elementary School after a 24-year career in the city school system.

Born and raised in Elgood, W.Va., she attended schools there and moved to the Brooklyn section of the city in 1953, residing there until 1973. She attended Towson State University.

In 1931, she married Ralph J. Updike, who operated Updike's Television Repair. He died in 1986.

She was a member of the St. Agnes Hospital Auxiliary, the Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority. She attended Brooklyn United Methodist Church.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Leroy M. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

She is survived by three sons, Mark H. Updike of Crownsville, Frank D. Updike of Stevensville and Dr. Ralph E. Updike of Glenwood; a daughter, Ruth E. Syme of Glen Burnie; four brothers, Ward White of Elgood, William White of Pipestem, W.Va., Roy White of Peterstown, W.Va., and D. L. White of Dublin, Va.; four sisters, Mary Bailey of Glen Burnie, Juanita Ferguson of Eldersburg, Bernice McGuire of Princeton, W.Va., and Ann Cheatwood of Athens, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Spina Bifida Association of Maryland. Deborah Childs Brown, who wrote a history of East Texas where her family owned a ranch, died Tuesday of cancer at her home, Solomon's Choice Farm near Bel Air. She was 77.

Her book, "Between the Creeks," was published in the mid-1970s.

She was born Deborah Childs in Chicago and graduated from Smith College. She had lived in the Bel Air area for 30 years and was a member of the Harford Garden Club.

Her husband, H. Barksdale Brown, was president of Family Service of America at his death in 1978.

A memorial service for Mrs. Brown is to be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Perryville.

She is survived by a son, Hamilton Brown of Taos, N.M.; three daughters, Ellen Derby of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Katharine Gust of Baltimore and Nancy Moyle of Sausalito, Calif.; a brother, Barton Childs of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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