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Jeanne F. Tarring, antiques shop owner

Jeanne Tarring owned a Harford County antiques shop.
Jeanne Tarring owned a Harford County antiques shop.

Jeanne F. Tarring, a homemaker and former owner of a Harford County antiques shop, died of cancer Monday at her Chestertown home. She was 91.

The daughter of Louis Flick, a Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive engineer, and Matilda Neigh Flick, a homemaker, Jeanne Elizabeth Flick was born and raised in Punxsutawney, Pa., one of seven children.

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She was a 1941 graduate of Sts. Cosmas and Damian High School in Punxsutawney. In 1943, she married William Maloney, also of Punxsutawney, who was killed three months later in an airplane crash.

Mrs. Tarring moved to Washington, where she was a war worker during World War II. While working in Washington, she met R. Bruce Livie Jr., who was serving in the Marine Corps. The couple married in 1945.

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Mr. Livie, who died in 1964, had been president of the Motor Sales Co.

In 1970, she married Robert Tarring, a National Brewing Co. executive, who was also a funeral director and owner of the Tarring Funeral Home, now the Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, in Aberdeen. He died in 1995.

Mrs. Tarring had lived in the Green Spring Valley, Homeland and Aberdeen, where she owned the B&O Railroad Crossing Antiques Shop. She was the co-founder in 1977 of the Aberdeen Christmas Street Parade.

Since 1998, Mrs. Tarring had lived in Chestertown. In 2002, she worked in the campaign for her son, Scott D. Livie, who was subsequently elected a Kent County commissioner that year. He died in 2006.

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An award-winning gardener, Mrs. Tarring was also a cook who enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Some of her signature dishes were spaghetti and meatballs, potato salad, coleslaw and Galiano cakes, said her daughter, Stephanie Livie Velleggia of Lutherville.

Mrs. Tarring was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 508 High St., Chestertown, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Tarring is survived by a son, R. Bruce Livie III of Munich; two stepsons, Robert Tarring of Towson and Douglas Tarring of Charlottesville, Va.; a brother, Jack Flick of Lutherville; a sister, Eleanor Jordan of Punxsutawney; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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