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February 13, 1994

Anna M. Ashe


Anna M. Ashe, who once played piano for vaudeville stars in a Baltimore department store, died Thursday of heart failure at Manor Care in Rosedale, where she had been a resident since 1983. She was 101.

She was born Anna Marie Pierce on Harford Avenue, the daughter of a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad conductor, and received her early education in city schools. When she was 13, she left school and went to work selling shoes in Bernheimer Bros. department store on Fayette Street. Bernheimer Bros. later became the May Co.

While working for the store, Mrs. Ashe, who was known as Marie, would fill in for a friend during lunch hour in the music department, playing the piano and singing the latest songs.

"She was very proud that she had played for Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor, who came by the store to purchase sheet music," said her daughter Elsie M. Murphy of Carney. "A lot of vaudeville stars would come into the store from the nearby theaters, such as the Hippodrome, to buy music and listen to the songs.

"She also talked about watching the flames of the Baltimore fire of 1904 from her home on Valley Street," Mrs. Murphy said.

During World War I, Mrs. Ashe and her sister entertained troops at Camp Meade, now Fort Meade, and it was there that she met Charles E. Ashe Sr. of Upperco, who was serving in the Army. They were married in 1921 and lived on Normal Avenue near Clifton Park for many years.

Mr. Ashe, a foreman at the Chevrolet plant on Broening Highway, died in 1978.

Mrs. Ashe was a member for many years of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church at Caroline and Oliver streets and later was a member of St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church on Harford Road.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Evans Funeral Chapel, 8800 Harford Road, Parkville, with interment in Parkwood Cemetery.

Other survivors include two sons, Charles E. Ashe Jr. of Middle River and John E. Ashe of Parkville; another daughter, Florence Mantler of Hamilton; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Charles F. Smay Jr.

Office manager

Charles F. Smay Jr., a retired office manager for a lumber company, died Feb. 5 of heart failure at his home in York, Pa.

He was 72 and had moved to York eight years ago from Columbia, where he had lived for 30 years.

Mr. Smay retired in 1986 as office manager for Triangle Pacific, a lumber company in Beltsville, where he had worked for 35 years. Earlier, he worked for Minneapolis Honeywell in Washington.

A native of Altoona, Pa., who was reared in Baltimore, Mr. Smay was a graduate of Forest Park High School and attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He served in a Navy air unit in the South Pacific during World War II.

In York, he was active in several ballroom dance organizations.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. John's United Church of Christ in Red Lion, Pa.

Mr. Smay is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, the former Ethel M. Roehle; two daughters, Beverly C. McKitterick of Columbia and Karen S. Fry of York; and two grandchildren.

Elizabeth R. Lewis

Hopkins administrator

Elizabeth R. Lewis, a retired hospital administrator, died Tuesday of scleroderma at the Keswick home in Roland Park. The former Guilford resident was 71.

She retired after a 27-year career at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was an administrator in the cardiology department.

l,.5l Born Elizabeth Roth in Elmira, N.Y., she attended Elmira schools and earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Michigan in 1943. During World War II, she was a civilian employee and flew gliders for the Army Air Forces.

She worked briefly for the Elmira Paper Co. before moving to Maryland and marrying Grant Austin Lewis Sr., an inspector for the old State Roads Commission. He died in 1975.

Mrs. Lewis was a volunteer at Union Memorial Hospital and enjoyed doing needlework. She maintained an interest in glider flying for many years and used to fly out of Harris Hill Field near Elmira. In recent years, she enjoyed traveling the back roads of Wales and Scotland in a rented car and, according to her daughter, Margaret W. Teal of Perry Hall, was a "bridge fanatic."

She had been a member of the vestry of Christ Episcopal Church until it closed several years ago, then became active in the affairs of the Cathedral Church of the Incarnation.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. today at the church, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, weather permitting.

In addition to her daughter Margaret, survivors include two sons, Brian A. Lewis of Severna Park and Grant A. Lewis Jr. of California; and another daughter, Shirley Varricchio of Perry Hall.

The family suggests memorial donations to the church.

James D. Arnquist

Maryland instructor

James Dennis Arnquist, a retired history and English instructor at the University of Maryland, died Wednesday of leukemia at the University of Minnesota Hospital. He was 62.

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