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Harry W. Hunter, 67, Christmas tree growerHarry...


Harry W. Hunter, 67, Christmas tree grower

Harry W. Hunter, a retired state natural resources official and Christmas tree grower, died Tuesday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 67 and lived in Pasadena.

Mr. Hunter retired in 1989 as chief of recreation and leisure services for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He joined DNR in 1961.

He was a past president of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Society.

For nearly 40 years, he owned Meadow Mountain Tree Farm in Swanton, Garrett County, where he grew a variety of Christmas trees, including Fraser and Douglas firs, Scotch and white pines and Blue Spruce.

For years, he sold Christmas trees at the Glen Burnie Carnival Grounds. Since 1991, he sold them at Papa John's Farm on New Cut Road in Millersville.

Born in Detroit, he was reared in Glen Burnie and earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1957.

Mr. Hunter served in the Army from 1957 to 1959. He remained active in the Reserves and was discharged with the rank of major in 1979. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association.

He was an active supporter of Boy Scout Troop No. 474 in Glen Burnie, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the Orioles.

Mr. Hunter was a member and deacon at Granite Baptist Church, 7823 Oakwood Road, Glen Burnie, where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Barbara Rennie.

Mary Ellen White, 77, nursing shift supervisor

Mary Ellen White, a retired registered nurse, died Monday of complications of Parkinson's disease at Keswick Multi-Care Center, where she resided for 17 years. She was 77 and previously lived in Middle River.

Mrs. White retired as a private duty nurse in the 1970s. Earlier, she was a nursing shift supervisor at Keswick, where she began her career in the 1940s.

Born in Baltimore, Mary Ellen Mullen was raised in Jarrettsville and graduated from Keswick School of Nursing in 1941.

She enjoyed fishing, roller-skating, shuffleboard and riding a motor scooter. She also made doll clothes and embroidered.

In 1941, she married James C. White, who died in 1987.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home, 3631 Falls Road.

She is survived by a son, Richard H. White of Edgewood; two daughters, Mary Ellen Rosensteel of Middle River and Betty Jean Rosensteel of Stevensville; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Virginia Isabel Booth, 79, aircraft plant employee

Virginia Isabel Booth, a former aircraft worker, died Friday of heart failure at Florida Hospital in Orange City, Fla. She was 79 and had lived in Rosedale before moving to Florida in 1957.

From 1940 to 1955, she worked in the manufacturing department of the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. She later worked at the aircraft manufacturer's plant in Orlando, Fla. She then became a loan officer for a bank and retired 15 years ago.

Born in Charlottesville, Va., Virginia Isabel Owens attended Charlottesville public schools.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

In 1947, she married John Joseph Booth, who survives her.

Funeral services were held Monday.

She is also survived by two sons, Richard Thomas Booth of Madison, Ala., and Ronald R. Booth of Apopka, Fla.; a brother, Taylor Owens of Charlottesville; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A son, Samuel Payne, died in 1996.


Lindsay Daen, 78, whose elegant, elongated sculptures grace monuments, museums and private collections from his adopted Puerto Rico to Australia, died April 24 of cancer in Sarasota, Fla.

One of his most notable works, "La Rogativa," is on San Juan Bay. It depicts the legend of torch-bearing women who scared off British attackers during a 1797 siege.

Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, he moved to the United States in 1949. He displayed his bronze sculptures at shows in St. Louis, New York, Houston and New Orleans.

Dr. Meyer Friedman, 90, who theorized that angry, uptight people with "Type A" personalities are more prone to heart attacks, died Friday in San Francisco. He developed his model in the 1950s, concluding that aggressive behavior and stress doubled the chances that a man would suffer a heart attack.

He and Dr. Ray H. Rosenman worked out the theory after observing that many male patients in high-pressure jobs suffered heart disease. The two posited their theory in scientific journals as well as in the 1974 book "Type A Behavior and Your Heart." Type A - and its counterpart, Type B - quickly became pop-culture shorthand for pushy and easygoing personalities.

Rita Nellie Hunter, 67, an opera diva and powerful soprano celebrated for her fine Wagnerian performances, died Sunday in Sydney, Australia.

Originally from Wallasey, England, she was best remembered as the quintessential Brunnhilde of Wagner's "Ring" cycle, which she performed in London, New York, Germany and Sydney.

Despite her remarkable voice, she did not reach international stardom. Her physical size, at a time when the opera was seeking slimmer performers, and the fact that she sang roles primarily in English, kept her from achieving global fame.

Maria Clara Machado, 80, one of Brazil's best-known writers of children's plays, died Monday of lymphoid cancer at her home in Rio de Janeiro.

She wrote 27 children's plays and books, as well as three adult plays. One of her best-known plays "Pluft, o Fantasminha" ("Pluft, the Little Ghost"), has been staged all over the world.

Edward Rector, 84, a World War II fighter ace and original member of the legendary "Flying Tigers" unit in China, died April 26 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a heart attack.

A retired Air Force colonel, the Washington resident was credited with downing 10.5 Japanese aircraft in combat. Pilots were given a half credit when two pilots played a role in downing an enemy.

Charlie Applewhite, 68, the crooner known as "the little man with the big voice," died Friday at a Plano, Texas, nursing home of complications from a stroke he suffered in February. His hits during the 1950s included "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Ebb Tide" and "I Love Paris."

He was a baritone who once performed for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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