Marianna Earp, music appreciation teacher

Marianna T. Earp, a retired music appreciation teacher, died of dementia Sunday at Maryland Masonic Home in Cockeysville. The Towson resident was 82.

Born Marianna T. Markowski in the Baltic section of Poland, she was the daughter of Walter and Michelina Markowski. During World War II, she, her parents and siblings were sent to forced labor camps, including one near Stuttgart, by the Nazi German occupiers, family members said.

After the war, Mrs. Earp was placed in a displaced persons camp. Catholic Charities awarded her a nursing scholarship and she sailed to the United States aboard a transport ship. On that trip, she met her future husband, Stanley Plummer Earp, a Towson resident who worked in the ship's dispensary.

She trained as a nurse in Bismarck, N.D., and married in 1951.

She returned to Europe when her husband, then a civilian ammunition specialist, was on assignment for the U.S. government. They lived in northwest France. She spoke Polish, German, English, French and some Russian.

The couple later returned to Towson and she studied music appreciation at Essex Community College. She played the piano and visited area nursing homes, where she taught music appreciation to residents.

She maintained a large vegetable garden at her Charles Street Avenue home. She was also an accomplished cook.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 200 Ware Ave. in Towson.

Survivors include a son, Scott S. Earp of Sparks; two daughters, Patricia M. Lambert of Lutherville and Diana DeVeas of Towson; two brothers, Stefan Markowski of Nottingham and Herman Markowski of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her husband of 56 years died in 2007.

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