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Anne Payne

Anne Payne, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., formerly of Ellicott City and Roanoke, Va., died March 21, 2007, at Holmes Regional Hospital in Melbourne, Fla. She was 82.

Born July 27, 1924, in Roanoke, she graduated in 1941 from a Roanoke high school and then later from Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

In 1944, she began working as a field representative in the main office of the Social Security Administration in Baltimore. Later, she served as a liaison between the Social Security Administration and Congress. She retired in 1979.

In 1962, she moved to Chapelview, in Ellicott City, where she lived for about 20 years before moving to Cocoa Beach.

After retirement, Ms. Payne worked actively in politics and played bridge while living at Harbour Isles Condominiums in Cocoa Beach.

In addition, she was an avid golfer, equestrian and a tennis player, family members said.

She is survived by five nieces, Katherine Brown, of Cocoa Beach, Sarah, and her husband, Robert Callahan, of Cocoa, Fla., Judith, and her husband, Jim Usry, of Hampton, Va., Maryanne, and her husband, Stuart Moffett, of Virginia, and Mary Lynn and her husband, Larry Robinson, of Hedgesville, W.Va.; two nephews, William and his wife, Betty Wood, of Hampton, and Earnest Munday III, of Roanoke; and a life-long friend, Mary Jo Twitty, of Cocoa Beach.

Funeral services were held March 24, 2007, at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Cocoa Beach.

Interment was private.

Memorial donations may be made to: Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498 or any charity of choice.

Doris E. Schwartz

Doris Estelle Schwartz, of Marriottsville, died March 25, 2007, at Howard County General Hospital. She was 95.

Born March 16, 1912, in Baltimore, to Julius and Helen Marie Walters Houff, she graduated from Catonsville Senior High, where her husband-to-be was also a student.

In 1934, she married Paul H. Schwartz Sr.

The couple moved to Marriottsville in 1952.

Mrs. Schwartz was a homemaker, who spent three years working in the Medicare department of the University of Maryland Medical Center, in Baltimore. During that time, she managed Medicare patients' information and assisted them to obtain Medicare coverage.

She was a longtime member of Alpha Homemakers, based in Marriottsville.

She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Paul H. Schwartz Sr.; a sister, Helen Carey; and a brother, Julius Houff Jr.

Mrs. Schwartz is survived by a daughter, H. Clare Schwartz, of Marriottsville; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul H. Jr. and Sandy Schwartz, of Laurel; four grandchildren, Lorrie Ann Weidenbruch, of Texas, Ken Michael Schwartz, of Olney, Glen William Schwartz, of Aberdeen, and Timothy Brian Schwartz, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three stepgrandchildren, Michael Sturtevant, Kevin Sturtevant and Cindy Sturtevant Borden; four great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 31, 2007, at Rockland United Methodist Church in Ellicott City with the Rev. Wayne Chung officiating.

Interment followed at Mount View Cemetery in Marriottsville.

Joseph R. Beard III

Joseph Ranalder "Ron" Beard III, of Columbia, died March 26, 2007, of Alzheimer's disease, at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Baltimore. He was 64.

Born Nov. 16, 1942, in Augusta, Ga., to Joseph Jr. and Madora Harris Beard, he attended Lucy Laney High School in Augusta. Then at the age of 15, he enrolled at Paine College in Augusta and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and chemistry in 1973.

He married Iris H. Harris in 1969.

In 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was trained at Artillery Office Candidate School in Fort Sill, Okla., becoming a Chemical Corps Officer a year later. He traveled around the world on assignments and spent the last 10 years of his military career in military intelligence, focusing on the design and implementation of mission-specific software used by intelligence analysts. He retired as a major in 1985.

Following his service with the military, he worked for Electronic Data Systems in Herndon, Va., in computer system design.

In 1990, he established a consulting agency, that he ran with a partner, Cliff Lin.

In 1986, he was elected to the Long Reach Village Board, where he served for nearly 10 years, spending four of those years as chairman of the board.

He was an active member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

As a parent, he supported the Howard County Youth Hockey Club by managing his son's Midget "A" ice hockey team in 1991.

Mr. Beard enjoyed several hobbies including photography, bowling, golf, aviation, tailoring and cooking. He won trophies and accolades for his achievements in some of these areas.

One of his greatest loves, however, was music, and particularly playing bass guitar. In the 1970s, he organized two military bands, called Salt & Pepper I and II. He led the bands through many different venues performing country, rock 'n' roll, and rhythm and blues.

Mr. Beard is survived by his wife of 37 years, Iris H. Beard, of Columbia; a son, Dr. Joseph R. Beard IV, of San Antonio; a daughter, Deborah B. Johnson, of Jacksonville, Fla.; his mother, Madora H. Beard, of Atlanta; a brother, Bertron Beard, of Augusta; two sisters, Grace B. Harris, of Chicago, and Madora E. Beard, of Atlanta; two grandchildren, Donya Groover, of Valdosta and Timothy Bryant, of Jacksonville; three great-granddaughters; an aunt, Rosa H. Saunders, of Augusta; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held March 30, 2007, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.

Interment with military honors followed at Veteran's Cemetery, in Crownville.

Memorial donations may be made to: The Alzheimer's Association, 1850 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093.

Mary D. Gardner

Mary Davis Gardner, of Mount Airy, died March 21, 2007 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, in Rockville. She was 90.

Born Dec. 16, 1916, in Rocky Mount, Va., to John and Annette Davis, she graduated from Rocky Mountain High School, in Rocky Mount.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Rufus Gardner; two sons, Gary Gardner and Wayne Gardner; a daughter, Randy Gardner; and a sister Helen Alexander.

She is survived by a son, Wilson T. "Butch" Gardner, of Easton; two daughters, Bobbie G. Gibbon, of Mount Airy, and Billie Ann Smith, of Poolesville; and three grandsons, Jack Stedding Jr., Carl Gardner and Gary Gardner.

Funeral services and interment were private.

Memorial donations may be made to an animal charity of choice.

Eula V. Simmons

Eula Virginia Simmons, of Mount Airy, died March 20, 2007 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. She was 80.

She was born June 17, 1926 in Amherst, Va., to Lemon Adcock and Baby Belle Lawless Adcock.

Mrs. Simmons worked as a private duty nurse.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jasper C. Simmons.

She is survived by two sons, Carroll Junior Adcock, of Mount Airy, and Jerry Cleon Simmons, of Mount Airy; two daughters, Betty E. Musselman, of Fairfield, Pa., and Debbie Ann Tiebosch, of Mount Airy; 10 grandchildren, Mike Adcock, Jimmy and Kelly Ternent, Chris Amoss, Johanna and Alisha Tiebosch, and Jessica, Justin, Jennifer and Josh Simmons; two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Keeley Amoss; three brothers, Jerry Adcock, Raymond Adcock and Lyle Adcock; and a sister, Shirley Miller.

Funeral services were held March 24, 2007, at Slack Funeral Home in Ellicott City, with the Rev. Art Monroe officiating.

Interment was at Meadowridge Memorial Park, in Elkridge.

Dolores R. Diffendal

Dolores R. Diffendal, of Columbia, died March 23, 2007, at Vantage House. She was 82.

She was born Oct. 7, 1924, in Gambrills, to Walter R. and Pearl Irene Zeller Gilbert.

She married Charles Thomas Diffendal and became a homemaker.

She was predeceased by her husband.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Thomas and Ellen Diffendal, of Ocean City, and David Charles and Michelle Diffendal, of Ellicott City; three grandchildren, Stephen, Corey and Alanna Diffendal; two sisters, Dolly Frank and Thelma Huntsbury, both of Prince Frederick; and a brother, Leon Gilbert, also of Prince Frederick.

Funeral services were held March 27, 2007, at Slack Funeral Home, in Ellicott City, with Clark Wiebking officiating.

Interment was at Meadow Branch Cemetery, in Westminster.

Memorial donations may be made to: Hospice of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia, MD 21045.

John S. Broaddus

John Scott Broaddus, of Ellicott City, died March 22, 2007, in Ellicott City. He was 40.

He was born Nov. 11, 1966, in Washington, D.C., to John Jennerfer and Marsha Ann Dawson Broaddus.

He worked as a certified public accountant.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Jennifer Broaddus; two daughters, Alyssa Marie Broaddus and Hannah Katharine Broaddus; a sister, Jennifer Ann Beard; a stepbrother, Jimbo Cooper; a stepsister, Martha Bezzat; a niece, Jordyn Beard; and a nephew, Jacob Beard.

Funeral services were held March 28, 2007, at Kittamaqundi Community Church, in Columbia, with the Rev. Heather Kirk-Davidoff and the Rev. James Ridout officiating.

Interment was private.

Daniel M. Hipsley

Daniel Michael Hipsley, of Ellicott City, died March 18, 2007, of heart failure at Howard County General Hospital. He was 81.

Born Oct. 31, 1925, in Baltimore, to Daniel Henry and Sophie Zimmerman Hipsley, he was a 1943 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, where he played varsity baseball. He also played in the Baltimore Pressman's Semi-Pro Baseball League.

He served as a Marine Corps radio specialist in the South Pacific during World War II and attained the rank of sergeant. After the war, he earned an associate's degree at the Baltimore College of Commerce, now part of the University of Baltimore, and also studied at Johns Hopkins University. He received a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1965.

Mr. Hipsley was a Nationwide Insurance Co. agent for 52 years and practiced family law for 35 years in Catonsville. He also owned Sancho's Restaurant on Route 40 for many years, as well as several other enterprises. He retired in 2003.

Family members said he worked with the Patapsco chapter of the Knights of Columbus to help mentally retarded children. He was also a member of Grace Bible Baptist Church, offering legal advice when needed, and supporting the ministry and staff.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Edith Greene Hipsley, of Ellicott City; three sons, Daniel Patrick Hipsley, Michael Dennis Hipsley and James Frances Hipsley, all of Catonsville; three daughters, Mary Michael Yonke, of Crofton, Linda Jane DiPietro, of Timonium, and Ann Marie Valunas, of Pinehurst, Texas; a stepson, Anthony Davis, of Ellicott City; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 26, 2007, at Grace Bible Baptist Church in Catonsville with the Rev. Earl Johnson officiating.

Interment was at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Garrison Forest.

John R. Dorsey

John Ralph Dorsey, of Ellicott City, died March 30, 2007, at his residence. He was 80.

He was born Aug. 30, 1926, in Baltimore, to Loretta Bushong and Thomas Dorsey.

He graduated from Catonsville High School in 1944, and worked for Baltimore Air Coil for 40 years, retiring in 1988.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly T. Dorsey, of Ellicott City; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Diana and Ray Macfarlane, of Pasadena, Barbara Dorsey, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Susan and Ben Marquis, of Eldersburg; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Marcia Dorsey, of Eldersburg; a brother-in-law and his wife, Earl and Catherine Tingstrom, of Towson; 11 grandchildren; and nieces and a nephew.

Funeral services were held April 3, 2007, at Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home in Ellicott City.

Interment was private.

Memorial donations may be made to: Hospice of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia, MD 21045.

Daryl L. Leake

Daryl Lee Leake, of Halethorpe, died March 30, 2007, of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was 38.

Born April 14, 1968, in Baltimore, to Vernon and Shirley Leake, he graduated from Kennard-Dale High School in Fawn Grove, Pa., in 1986. He worked as a self-employed glass mechanic for 15 years.

Mr. Leake was a member of a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle owners group, and his family said he enjoyed motorcycles, spending time with family, building and camping.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of seven years, Tracey A. Leake, of Halethorpe; a daughter, Shianne M. Leake, of Halethorpe; two sisters, Vernadene Cheryl Greene and Sheena Gilbert, both of Florida; and two brothers, Vernon James Leake, of Florida, and Willard "Peanut" Leake, of Pennsylvania.

Funeral services were held April 3, 2007, at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, in Pasadena.

Interment was at Meadowridge Memorial Park, in Elkridge.

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