Gloria Sturgis StokesMusician, teacherGloria Sturgis...

September 27, 1994

Gloria Sturgis Stokes

Musician, teacher

Gloria Sturgis Stokes, a retired teacher and music department head in the Baltimore public school system, died Friday at Bon Secours Hospital of complications from diabetes. She was 71.

Mrs. Stokes, who played piano, violin and other instruments, started as a music education teacher in 1949 and retired in 1982 as head of the music department at the old Clifton Park Junior High School, where she had taught for about 10 years.

The former Gloria Sturgis was born in West Point, Va., and reared in Baltimore, where she graduated from Dunbar High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in music education at then-Morgan State College and a master's degree in music education at Columbia University. She also attended the Julliard School of Music and completed some credits for a doctorate.

She was musical director of many area churches and a member of several organizations including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Her marriage to Ernest Stokes ended in divorce.

Services were set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 2300 W. Lafayette Ave.

Mrs. Stokes is survived by two sons, Ernest Wayne Stokes of Baltimore and Sturgis Allen Stokes of Kenosha, Wis.; a sister, Lili Sturgis Boston of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

Nellie L. Hennessy, a resident of the Baltimore area for many years, died Sunday of a heart ailment at Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. She was 93.

The former Nellie L. Ziegler was a Baltimore native who moved from Cockeysville to the Magnolia Hall nursing home in Chestertown a year ago. Her husband, Leroy J. Hennessy, started the Eljay Corp., which makes parts for other manufacturers. He died in 1958.

Mrs. Hennessy is survived by three daughters, Ann Hennessy of Rock Hall, Mary L. Sladek of Towson and Rosemary P. Hofherr of Cockeysville; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were set for noon today at the Fellows-Wells Funeral Home in Rock Hall.

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