Fern S. WattsHomemakerFern Smallwood Watts, 75, a...


December 27, 1991

Fern S. Watts


Fern Smallwood Watts, 75, a homemaker and former resident of Baltimore, died Dec. 24 at her home in Monticello, Fla. The cause of her death has not been determined.

A native of Baltimore, Mrs. Watts lived in Englewood, Fla., for the past seven years. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Venice, Fla.

Mrs. Watts graduated from Western High School in the mid-1930s. She married her husband, Edgar, about 55 years ago. The couple resided in Parkville in Baltimore County before moving to Florida.

During the 1950s, Mrs. Watts worked for an optometrist in Baltimore.

The family was very active in the Fourth Church of Christ Scientist in Baltimore. Mrs. Watts also spent many years working as a volunteer in the Baltimore County public schools.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Maryland of Monticello and Susan Nicely of Baltimore; her mother, Oda Smallwood of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Services have not yet been scheduled.

The family suggested donations to the First Church of Christ Scientist, 600 Venice Ave., Venice, Fla. 33595.

Ethel J. Hucles

Teacher, counselor

A Mass of Resurrection for Ethel Jones Hucles, a retired teacher and counselor at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at the St. James Episcopal Church, 829 N. Arlington Ave.

Mrs. Hucles died at her Ashburton home Dec. 18 of complications from an operation. She was 89.

The Baltimore native attended Douglass High School and Howard University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in the late 1920s. After earning a master's degree at Columbia University, Mrs. Hucles began teaching English at Douglass. She left Douglass to work for a time as a guidance counselor at Dunbar High School, then returned to Douglass, where she retired as a counselor in 1965.

She married the late Howard L. Hucles in 1932. He died in 1981.

She was active in the Howard University Alumni Association and the DuBois Circle, a literary club. She was also an active bridge player who loved opera, the theater and the symphony.

She is survived by her sister, Laura J. Newton of Baltimore; and by many cousins and godchildren.

Anne Breed Bentley

Former area resident

Anne Breed Bentley, a former Pikesville resident, died in an Orlando, Fla., nursing home of degenerative lung congestion Dec. 20. She was 86.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Cemetery in Leesburg, Va.

Mrs. Bentley was born in Lawrenceville, N.J., where her father was headmaster of a boys' school. In 1925, she attended Goucher College and, a year later, married Robert Longden Bentley Jr. She and her husband, who worked with Bendix Engineering, moved to a home on Old Court Road in Pikesville in 1926.

In 1945, they moved to Greenbackville, Va., where they farmed for a few years, then moved to Florida in 1967. Mr. Bentley died in 1985.

Mrs. Bentley was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville.

Her son, Robert Bentley, died in infancy in 1927. Her daughter, Ann Bentley Kellam, died in 1986.

She is survived by three granddaughters, Ann Leavitt, Francis Murray and Elizabeth Cholewa, and four great-grandchildren. All are of Orlando.

William H. Ruth

Retired from Navy

A memorial Mass for William H. Ruth will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

Mr. Ruth, who was 74, died of cancer on Wednesday at a nursing home in Edenton, N.C.

He was born in West Baltimore and joined the Navy at age 17. He retired from the Navy as a first class boatswain mate after 30 years, then worked for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Baltimore for five years.

He was a charter life member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, North Carolina Chapter, and a past master of the Warren Lodge, Masonic Order, No. 51, in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Ellen Tyler, and a sister, Dorothy Jamison Harbin of Baltimore.

The family asked that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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