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Ellen S. Dierkes, teacher

Ellen S. Dierkes, teacher

Ellen S. Dierkes, who taught fifth grade at Garrison Forest School and was a popular member of the school's faculty, died of melanoma and uterine cancer Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 58.

"Ellen was completely delightful and slightly naughty. She had a great sense of humor and was always up for an adventure as long as it was fun," said Betsy Baetjer, a former Garrison Forest teacher who taught with Ms. Dierkes.

"I worked with Ellen 10 or more years, and she was so devoted to her girls. Everyone just adored her, and she was a great friend to everyone. She was devoted to teaching and just having fun," said Ms. Baetjer, who lives in Owings...