Evelyn Davis ButlerRetired educatorEvelyn F. Smith Davis...

September 17, 1994

Evelyn Davis Butler

Retired educator

Evelyn F. Smith Davis Butler, a retired supervisor in the Frederick County schools, died Sept. 9 after a stroke in Fort Myers, Fla. She was 92.

She began her teaching career in Dundalk and Sparrows Point in 1921 and later moved to Scarsdale, N.Y., where she taught at the Fox Meadow School. She was an exchange teacher in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

She moved to Frederick County in 1951, where she taught elementary school until being appointed supervisor. She retired in 1965.

She was married in 1950 to Herbert F. Davis, the principal of Middletown High School, who died in 1960. In 1965, she married Gladstone Butler, a real estate man, who died in 1988.

Mrs. Butler retired to Fort Myers, where for many years she had maintained a winter home.

She was born and reared in Norrisville in Harford County, where her father was a lawyer, teacher and farmer. She was a 1921 graduate of West Chester Normal School, now West Chester State College. She earned a master's degree from Columbia University.

Memorial services were held Wednesday in Florida.

Survivors include a brother, Milton E. Smith, and a sister, F. Constance Smith, both of Norrisville; a stepson, Redmond S. Davis of Stevensville; a stepdaughter, Marie Skalski of Virginia; three stepgrandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to North Harford High School, Scholarship Book Fund, Pylesville Road, Pylesville 21132.

Mary Elizabeth Boyle

SSA secretary

Mary Elizabeth Boyle, who retired in 1980 as a secretary at the Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn and was active in genealogical and historical groups, died Sept. 5 of cancer at the Wilson Health Care Center of the Asbury Methodist Home in Gaithersburg. She was 74.

Among her employers during her 43-year secretarial career were the Baltimore chapter of the American Red Cross, the Baltimore Christian Endeavor Union, the Maryland Council of Churches, Keswick, Union Memorial Hospital and the old William Cook Funeral Home.

She had been president of the Terrae Mariae chapter of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century and a regent of the Mary Carroll Caton chapter, and a state recording secretary of the Daughters of the American Revolution. After moving to Gaithersburg, she joined the Pleasant Plains of Damascus chapter and was also a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of American Colonists, United States Daughters of 1812 and Dames of the Court of Honor.

The former Mary Elizabeth Merritt was born in what is now the Dundalk area, where an ancestor was among the early settlers. She lived in Catonsville and later in the Ambassador Apartments in North Baltimore before moving to Gaithersburg.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 in the chapel of the Asbury Methodist Home.

She is survived by two sisters, Sara Belle Merritt Shannon of Columbia, S.C., and Nancy Merritt Seidel of Sorrento, Fla.; two nieces; two nephews; and a grandniece. Her husband, Harry William Boyle, died in 1978.

Mary C. Sloman

Organized benefits

Mary C. Sloman, whose block parties near her East Baltimore home benefited the Boy Scouts, the burn unit at what is now the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and other causes, died Wednesday of heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital. She was 69.

The former Mary C. Lewis, a native of Canton, moved to Perry Hall about five years ago. The benefits she organized in the 300 block of S. Macon St. in the 1960s and 1970s included refreshments, games, flea markets and other attractions. From 1970 to 1982, she was a school crossing guard at Eastern Avenue and Ponca Street.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, 1704 Eastern Ave. in Middle River.

She is survived by three daughters, Marge Grossman of Dundalk and Claire Schram and Jaime Dennis, both of Perry Hall; a brother, Charles Lewis of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, James M. Sloman, a retired shoe repairman, died in 1990.

Mary Louise Friebele

Author, editor

Mary Louise McGlothlin Friebele, an author and editor of children's books, died Monday of complications from a stroke at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 88.

She had worked in New York from the late 1920s to the 1950s as an elementary reading editor for the Macmillan Co., editing six Golden Rule Readers beginning in 1956. This modern version of the classic McGuffey Reader was so popular that it was adopted by school systems across the nation.

She wrote a series of children's spelling books and many articles for magazines and newspapers. She also taught English to Cuban refugees in Clearwater, Fla., where she moved in 1957 with her husband, Edward J. Friebele, an electronics engineer whom she married in 1943. Mr. Friebele died in 1987.

While living in Clearwater, she helped found the Pinellas County College Fund, which provides support for poor students who wish to attend college. She was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension there.

Born in Louisville, she grew up in Greenville, S.C., where her father was president of Furman University. She was a 1925 graduate of the University of Richmond and earned a master's degree from Vanderbilt University in 1927. She also studied at Columbia, where she began her career in the bureau of publications.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel at Charlestown, 719 Maiden Choice Lane, where Mrs. Friebele moved in 1986.

She is survived by a son, E. Joseph Friebele of Cheverly; a brother, James H. McGlothlin of Sea Island, Ga.; and two grandsons.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Charlestown Scholarship Fund, 711 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville 21228.

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