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Martha Smith, 80, elementary school teacher

Martha Smith, a longtime elementary school teacher in Severna Park, died Sunday of a brain aneurysm at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She was 80.

Born Martha Thompson in Baltimore, she was raised in Govans and attended Eastern High School. She married William J. Smith in 1943.

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She taught at St. Mary's Elementary School for two years in the 1950s and simultaneously attended what now is Towson University. In 1960, she began teaching first- and second-graders at St. John the Evangelist School in Severna Park, where she worked for 12 years.

In 1972, she became a remedial reading coach at Oak Hill Elementary School, also in Severna Park. She retired in 1975. She then helped her husband run Rustics, a Severna Park antiques shop, until his death in 1984.

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She worked on numerous committees as a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Mrs. Smith is survived by two daughters, Janie Dumont Greenwell of Great Mills and Sally Ann Mitchell of Annapolis; four brothers, Charles Thompson of Parkville, Donald Thompson of Ocean City, James Thompson of Parkton and Michael Thompson of Hanover, Pa.; six sisters, Anne Mankus of Parkville, Catherine Colleran of Severna Park, Mary Foy of Ellicott City, Genevieve Rief of Parkville, Rose DiVenti of Baltimore and Patricia Miles of Parkville; and a granddaughter.


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