Adah Lee Owings Wyatt, a retired teacher in the Howard County publicschool system, died Dec. 26 of heart complications at her home in Woodbine. She was 69.
An active member of Calvary Lutheran Church inWoodbine, she retired from teaching at Whiskey Bottom Elementary School -- now Laurel Woods -- in June 1984. She worked with learning disabled children and co-authored a teaching textbook on the subject. Her accomplishments were honored in 1973 when she was named as one of the "Outstanding Teachers of America."
She was born in Fayetteville, N.C., but from the age of 3 lived on Landing Road in Elkridge with her parents, Eleanor and John Hall Owings Sr.
After graduating from Elkridge High School and Towson State Teachers College, she began her career at Elkridge Elementary School and later transferred to North Laurel, where she remained in the old and new schools for the balance of her career.
Married during World War II to Walter H. Wyatt of Hoods Mill, she was a widow since his death in 1971 and resided with her daughter, Mrs. Mildred Jean Brinsfield, of Woodbine. Since retiring, she had been an active partner in her daughter's catering business.
Burial was Dec. 30 at Meadowridge Cemetery following a funeral service by Rev. J. Rinker of Calvary Lutheran at Burrier's Funeral Home in Winfield.
Besides her daughter, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Owings Chaney, of Baltimore; brother, Jerrold Keith Owings of Mount Dora, Fla.; and grandson, AlanBrinsfield of Falling Waters, W.Va.