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July 03, 1992

Marcelyn Rucker

Designed homes

Graveside services for Marcelyn Elisabeth Buxton Rucker, a designer and builder of homes who designed her first house at age 13, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Park Heights Avenue at Old Court Road.

Mrs. Rucker, 85, died Tuesday of heart failure at Cliff Haven, the Buxton family home in Arnold, which she designed at age 13.

Her father, William Bradbury Buxton, gave her free rein in designing the family's summer home, which was built in 1925.

In 1950, after a divorce, she started her own home-building business under the name M. Buxton Rucker Contractors. For several years, her firm built custom homes in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.

Mrs. Rucker was born in Govans and later moved to Mount Washington. She graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory School, then known as Notre Dame Academy, and attended Bishopthorpe Manor, a junior college in Pennsylvania, and the Peabody Institute, where she studied piano.

Also at age 13, she founded the Mountain Mission Mite Society. She and friends collected money that went to build schools for children in the Virginia mountains. Mrs. Rucker continued the work into the mid-1930s.

The money also helped build Neve Hall, about six miles from Charlottesville, used for mountain ministries of the Rev. Frederick Neve, an Episcopal minister known as the Arch Deacon of the Blue Ridge. He died in 1945. Neve Hall now is a private home.

In 1929, she made her society debut at the Bachelors Cotillon in Baltimore.

In 1932, she married Colby Guequierre Rucker and they built Tree Tops, a house in Annapolis near the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught English and history. They were divorced in 1950.

She lived at Tree Tops until five years ago, when she moved in with her son, Colby Buxton Rucker, in Arnold.

She was a charter member of the Mount Vernon Club for 63 years, an avid gardener and member of the Severn River Garden Club. Other interests included architecture, genealogy, horses and writing poetry.

Besides her son, survivors include two granddaughters.

The family suggested that contributions could be made to the Educational Endowment Fund of the Severn River Association, P.O. Box 146, Annapolis 21401.


Ada McLaughlin

Homemaker, 95

Services for Ada Marie Sheffer McLaughlin, a fiercely independent homemaker who kept up her own home and lived alone at age 95, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave.

Mrs. McLaughlin died Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a day after suffering a stroke at her home in Chadwick Manor in the Security Boulevard area.

Known for her independence, she insisted on living alone and taking care of herself, said her son, Dr. Joseph McLaughlin, chief of cardiac surgery at UM Medical Center.

"She maintained her home, was an avid gardener, and cut the grass in her yard until she was 90," Dr. McLaughlin said. "She did her own income tax until age 91."

He said she had been devoted to a nephew, William Sheffer, who visited her daily and was with her when she had the stroke.

Born in Baltimore, Mrs. McLaughlin attended Western High School. In 1914 she married Joseph A. McLaughlin, who owned movie theaters in the area. He died in 1955.

For several years she lived in Forest Park and was a member of theold Forest Park Presbyterian Church. She then moved to Chadwick Manor.

Her major interests were family, cooking, gardening, bridge, and decorating and keeping her house.

In addition to her son, Dr. McLaughlin, and nephew, Mr. Sheffer, she is survived by another son, retired Navy Capt. John McLaughlin of Easton; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Christine Price Hall

Homemaker, gardener

Christine Price Hall, a homemaker and gardener, died of cardiac arrest June 13 at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was 96.

Mrs. Hall was born in Chance, Somerset County, and was married on Christmas Day, 1918, to J. Leonard Hall, also of Chance. They moved to Northeast Baltimore and, in 1959, to Catonsville.

Mrs. Hall remained in her Catonsville home until a month ago, when she moved to a nursing home in Salisbury after a fall.

Her husband died in 1980.

She is survived by a daughter, Christine Hall Bay of Catonsville; a grandson; a great-grandson; a great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held June 26 at Rock Creek Methodist Church in Chance.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 800 E. Main St., Salisbury 21801.

Leon Ely Tayl

Boxing champion

Leon Ely Taylor, a former Maryland lightweight boxing champion, died of congestive heart failure June 22 at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 79.

Mr. Taylor fought professionally off and on from the mid-1930s to 1945, compiling a record of 59 wins, 14 losses and 10 draws.

In 1938 he was Southern lightweight champion and Maryland Fighter of the Year and in 1939 he became state lightweight champion.

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