Sister AgneliaEnglish teacherSister Mary Agnelia McAfee, a...


April 18, 1993

Sister Agnelia

English teacher

Sister Mary Agnelia McAfee, a retired English teacher, died Wednesday of kidney failure at the Maria Health Center at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of her religious order, the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was 79.

Sister Agnelia had moved to the motherhouse in 1977, two years before her retirement as a fifth-grade teacher at St. Matthew's School in Baltimore, where she had been on the staff since 1969.

She continued to substitute teach until 1983, then worked at the motherhouse until about a year ago.

She had taught in Baltimore at Blessed Sacrament School from 1965 until 1969, St. Ambrose School from 1956 to 1962, St. Jerome's School in the late 1940s and mid-1950s, St. Leo's School from 1944 to 1946, and at Fourteen Holy Martyrs School from 1940 until 1943.

During her career that began in the 1930s, she had also taugh at other Maryland Schools -- St. Peter's in Libertytown, St. Mary's Hagerstown, St. Margaret's in Bel Air, St. Mary's in Bryantown and St. Patrick's in Mount Savage -- and in New York City; Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y.; Pittsburgh and Hollidaysburg, Pa.; and Bergenfield, N.J.

Born Ruth McAfee in Baltimore, she was a graduate of St. Ann's School, the Institute of Notre Dame and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1932.

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Agnelia will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St., Towson.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Fahey of Annapolis, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mamie Johnson

Domestic worker

Mamie Johnson, a retired domestic worker, died Wednesday at Liberty Medical Center of complications from a broken knee.

She was 72 and had lived in the Foxwell Memorial Apartments on Greenspring Avenue.

She retired about 15 years ago after working in many Baltimore homes.

The former Mamie Fleming was a native of Elberton, Ga., who came to Baltimore in 1937. Her husband, Joseph Johnson, a carpenter, died 20 years ago.

She was a member of the Rose of Sharon Auxiliary at the Fulton Baptist Church, 1622 W. North Ave. in Baltimore, where services are to be conducted at 7:30 p.m. today.

She is survived by a daughter, Betty Williams of Edgewood; a sister, Sarah Ford of Baltimore; a brother, Herbert Fleming of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ruth Nutter Smith

Idlewylde church member

Ruth Nutter Smith, who had lived in the Idlewylde area of Baltimore County for 51 years, died April 11 of heart failure. She was 88.

Mrs. Smith died at home in Franktown, Va., where she had joined a daughter last month.

The former Ruth Nutter was a native of Salmon Falls, N.H., and a graduate of Bates College. She taught in Portland, Maine, as a young woman.

She had been a member of Idlewylde United Methodist Church and the League of Women Voters.

Her husband, Lloyd L. Smith, was a retired district parts manager for the International Harvester Co. He died in 1990.

A memorial service for Mrs. Smith will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today at Idlewylde United Methodist Church, 1000 Regester Ave.

She is survived by two daughters, Marcia S. Mink of Franktown and Susanne S. McLaughlin of Miami; two sons, Stephen L. Smith of Fallston and Richard N. Smith of Vienna, Va.; a sister, Dorothy N. Green of Salmon Falls; and 10 grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Idlewylde United Methodist Church.

Robert E. L. Eaton

Air Force major general

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert E. L. Eaton, a former national and state commander of the American Legion, died of a heart attack April 3 on a Chevy Chase golf course. He was 83.

General Eaton, a Chevy Chase resident since 1946, was American Legion state commander in 1965 and national commander in 1973.

The Hattiesburg, Miss., native graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as a lieutenant in 1931. He later attended graduate classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and flew 50 missions as commander of the 451st Bomb Group in Italy. Later in the war, he was named deputy director of operations for the Air Corps headquarters in Europe.

General Eaton was assigned to work with the Air Force when it was established in 1947. He supervised the integration of Greek and Turkish air forces into NATO in 1953. From 1955 to 1959, he commanded the 10th Air Force at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan.

He retired from the military in 1961 and founded Eaton Associates Inc., a public relations company in Chevy Chase.

His military honors include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He was a member of the Air Force Association, the Mississippi State Society of Washington, the Columbia Country Club, the Burning Tree Country Club in Chevy Chase and the Masonic Bodies of the District of Columbia.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel in Arlington National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Jo Kathryn Rhein; a daughter, Sallie Eaton Elliott of Chevy Chase; two sons, Robert E. L. Eaton Jr. of Bethesda and Charles H. S. "Henry" Eaton of Silver Spring; a sister, Marjorie Eaton of Bethesda; and a granddaughter.

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