Florence E. Earp, 94

The Baltimore Sun

Florence Ellen Earp, a retired piano teacher, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease July 12 at Ridge Overlook Assisted Living in Westminster. She was 94.

Born Florence Ellen Rowe in Mechanicsburg, Pa., she earned a degree in music education and English at Westchester College.

In 1938, she married Dr. James Pearsall Earp, a sociology professor at Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College. He died in 1984.

Mrs. Earp taught music for 15 years at Westminster Junior High School and gave piano lessons at home. She served briefly as the acting dean of women at Western Maryland College and was an adviser to Sigma Sigma Tau sorority. Family members said she was active in college social circles.

She was a member of Westminster United Methodist Church for nearly 70 years and led its junior choir for many years.

She was a longtime member of the Women's Club of Westminster, serving as president from 1955 to 1957.

She was a former resident of Carroll Lutheran Village, where she received an award for many years of volunteer service.

Services were Sunday.

Survivors include a son, Edwin Lee Earp of Hilltop Lakes, Texas; a daughter, Ellen Earp of New Windsor; and five grandchildren. Her first husband, David Becker, died in 1936.

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