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January 20, 1994

Priscilla V. Ely


Priscilla V. Ely, a teacher, died Sunday after a five-year struggle with breast cancer. The Towson resident was 45.

She was born Priscilla L. Valliant in Salisbury. In 1966, she graduated from Wicomico High School and, in 1970, earned her bachelor's degree at Washington College in Chestertown. While student there, she met T. Christopher (Chris) Ely, the weekend sports anchor for WJZ-TV. They married in 1971.

After graduation, she taught at an elementary school in Federalsburg, then at St. Joseph's School in Texas from 1971 to 1974 and at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Towson from 1974 to 1977.

From 1987 to 1988, she taught in the Baltimore County school system's ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program in the Middle River and Essex areas.

She was a member of the PTA at Pleasant Plains Elementary and Loch Raven Middle schools.

She was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church and recently joined Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church, 1901 W. Joppa Road, Riderwood, where services were to be held at 2 p.m. today.

Other survivors include two daughters, Janet E. Ely and Claire Ely, both of Towson; two brothers, Charles Valliant of Hampton, Va., and John O. Valliant of Bethany Beach, Del.; a sister, Edith Ann Clark of Carlisle, Pa.; her mother, Leslie E. Valliant of Salisbury; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Washington College Alumni Fund, Chestertown 21610.

Shirley H. Sarles, who was a corporate officer of Sarles Boat and Engine Shop, died Saturday of cancer at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 58.

She had been vice president, secretary and treasurer of the family-owned business that was founded by her husband's family in the Eastport section of Annapolis in 1907.

"We worked side by side for nearly 40 years," said Benjamin O. Sarles, her husband. "She was the backbone of this business."

She was born Shirley Hagood in Surgoinsville, Tenn. When she was an infant, her family moved to Anne Arundel County, where her father took a job on a farm. She attended county schools and was a 1954 graduate of Annapolis High School, where she met Mr. Sarles.

She was a member of the Women of the Moose and the Pythian Sisters Temple No. 6, past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 46 and a lifetime member of Eastport United Methodist Church.

She also is survived by a son, Benjamin K. Sarles; a daughter, Wendy S. Roes, both of Annapolis; a brother, William G. Hagood of Severna Park; a sister, Lea Trapnell of Preston; and a grandson.

Donations may be made to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Hospice, 64 Franklin St., Annapolis 21401.

Services were held yesterday.

Robert H. D. Gamble

Retired colonel

Robert H. D. Gamble, a retired Army colonel who served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, died Sunday of heart failure at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was 80 and had moved to Myersville from Silver Spring about five years ago.

Earlier, he lived in Garrett Park.

Born in Pittsburgh, he was reared in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from Central High School and earned a law degree in 1937 at American University.

Before he retired about 25 years ago, he was admitted to practice law before the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Military Appeals and the Court of Claims.

Services were to be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Ricketts Funeral Home in Myersville.

Survivors include several cousins and a special friend, Eleanor R. Bittle of Myersville.

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