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On June 25, 2005, BARBARA BUTCHER "BOBBY" (age 63), Prince George's County School Teacher for 38 years died at the Gilchrist Hospice in Baltimore, of natural causes related to pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Alexander Martin Gear of Columbia, MD; sons and daughters in-law, Daniel Melville and K-Lynn Gear of Monroe, VA and John Martin and Mary Gear of Lansing, MI; brother Noll Butcher of Columbia, Ohio and five grandchildren. Mrs. Gear taught at Montpelier Elementary School and Buck Lodge Middle School, where she touched thousands of lives. A special project of hers was the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program which provides free books for students. In lieu of flowers, the family request a contribution to either Hospice of Baltimore, the American Cancer Society or the Reading is Fundamental program through the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

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