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January 28, 1994

Martha H. Elder

Preschool director

Martha Holland Elder, retired director of Trinity Church Day School in Long Green, died Saturday of heart failure at the Dulaney-Towson Health Care Center. She was 76.

She had lived in Rodgers Forge for nearly 10 years after living in the Long Green Valley for many years.

She retired in the late 1960s as director of the preschool at Trinity Episcopal Church, a post she held for much of the time since the school, which had closed during World War II, was reopened with her help in 1948. She left the school and moved to California for a time in the late 1950s.

The former Martha Susan Holland was a native of Butte, Mont., who was raised in Harford County.

A graduate of what is now Towson State University, she taught at Carroll Manor School in Baldwin and at Homewood School in Baltimore before going to Trinity.

She studied violin privately and, while in college, played with an all-state orchestra. During World War II, she was a member of the Red Cross Ambulance Corps.

A memorial service was planned for 1 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 12400 Manor Road, Long Green.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Holland Elder Wilson of Fairfax, Va., and Barbara Taylor Elder Rutherford of Bozeman, Mont.; a son, George H. Elder III of Baldwin; and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Church Day School, or to the Arthritis Foundation.

Meador C. Gartrell

Shipyard superintendent

Meador C. Gartrell, a retired shipyard superintendent, died Monday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center of respiratory disease. He was 76.

The resident of Locknell Road in Timonium retired 14 years ago as materials and transportation superintendent at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard. He had worked there for 38 years.

The Baltimore native, who studied at Johns Hopkins University after graduating from the Polytechnic Institute, served in the Army Air Forces in the Philippines during World War II, attaining the rank of master sergeant.

He had been a master of the Kedron Lodge of the Masons before it was merged into the Corinthian Lodge. He also belonged to the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple where he headed the Boosters Club and the Knights of Mecca.

Services were planned for 11 a.m. today at the Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Gillespie; a daughter, Judith G. Martin of Perry Hall; a son, Ronald D. Gartrell of Jarrettsville; his mother, Mary V. Webb of Baltimore; a brother, Earle C. Gartrell of Laurel; and four grandchildren.

Leona E. Brickey


Leona E. Brickey, a retired salesclerk, died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease at the Deaton Speciality Hospital and Home in Baltimore. The longtime Glen Burnie resident was 66.

She retired in 1989 from the Jumpers Mall Kmart, where she had been a salesclerk and office worker since 1976. After graduating from Glen Burnie High School in 1946, she went to work for W. T. Grant Co. as a salesclerk at its West Lexington Street store until the chain went bankrupt in 1976.

She was born in Solley, in northern Anne Arundel County, and moved as a child to Glen Burnie.

"She enjoyed working outdoors taking care of her yard," said her mother, C. Leona Boyer of Glen Burnie, "and her other hobby was her family."

Mrs. Brickey had been a member of Harundale Presbyterian Church for 30 years.

Services were planned for 11 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W. in Glen Burnie, with interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Other survivors include two sisters, Lucille Richards of Severna Park and Elsie Graboski of Glen Burnie.

Memorial donations may be made to Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway, Glen Burnie 21060.

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