Margaret M. Gorrell, 83, homemaker and cookMargaret M...

January 08, 1996

Margaret M. Gorrell, 83, homemaker and cook

Margaret M. Gorrell, a homemaker and talented cook, died of lung cancer Thursday at Harford County Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. She was 83.

She was born Margaret Kelly and, in 1937, married C. Howard Gorrell, a railroad machinist. Mr. Gorrell died in 1973. Mrs. Gorrell was a member of the Rail Social Club, an organization for retired railroad employees, and Cecil County Homemakers.

Services are planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Perryville. Burial will be at St. Mark's Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. Dawson of Perryville; a sister, Elizabeth Morrell of Frederick; a grandson; and two great-grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Patterson Funeral Home, Box 188, Perryville 21903-0188.

Thomas Lamont Starling, 61, Social Security analyst

Thomas Lamont Starling, a former Woodlawn resident and retired Social Security Administration employee, died of cancer Monday at North Side Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn. He was 61.

Mr. Starling moved to Woodlawn in 1964 and was a systems analyst at Social Security. He retired in 1988 and moved back to Johnson City.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., he attended high school there and graduated from Memphis State University in 1960. Mr. Starling served in the Army during the Korean War.

Services were held Thursday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Johnson City.

Mr. Starling is survived by his wife, the former Ruby Mokros; a son, William Kelly Starling of Plymouth, Mich.; two daughters, Terry Ann Starling of New York City and Mary Elizabeth Eckerdt of Baltimore; a sister, Jane Armstrong of Memphis: and two grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Building Fund, 201 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City 37601.

Annitte Marie Russo, 12, honor student

Annitte Marie Russo, a 12-year-old honor student, died Thursday in Landrum, N.C., from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Annitte was born in Baltimore. She moved to Tryon, N.C., with her family in 1985.

She attended Grace Christian School in Landrum, and played soccer and basketball. She also enjoyed art and tap dancing. She was a member of the Landrum Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McFarland Funeral Chapel in Tryon.

Survivors include her parents, Robert and Meta Painter Russo; a brother, Joshua; her maternal grandmother, Esther Ruth Boblit of Tyron; and her paternal grandparents, Tony and Lois May Russo of Baltimore.

Bradley J. Parsons, 24, local auto detailer

Bradley J. Parsons, an auto detailer and former Navy repairman, died in an automobile accident in Denton on Dec. 29. He was 24.

Born in Dundee, Scotland, Mr. Parsons lived in Scotland and Italy as a child while his father was in the Navy. He moved to Baltimore in 1988 and graduated in 1989 from Brooklyn Park High School, where he was an all-star soccer player.

Mr. Parsons enlisted in the Navy in 1990, serving in Orlando, Fla., and aboard the USS Monterey until 1992, when he returned to Baltimore to attend school. He was a student at Anne Arundel Community College and was graduated first in his class from Baltimore's Radio Electronic Technical School in August 1995.

Most recently, he was a medical records clerk at the SMART Corp. in Columbia and as an automobile detailer at Touch 'n' Go in Glen Burnie.

Services were held Wednesday.

Survivors include a son, Brandon Michael Parsons of Severn; his parents, Louis C. and Nicola Parsons of Brooklyn Park, and a brother, Jerry Lee Parsons of Baltimore.

Jessie W. Prather, 100, social worker

Jessie W. Prather, one of the oldest graduates of Mount Holyoke College, died of arterial disease on Dec. 18 at Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home in Boonsboro. She was 100.

Born Jessie Elizabeth Williams in upstate New York and raised there, she was a 1918 graduate of Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Mass., and was a social worker in Philadelphia from 1920 to 1925.

In 1923, she married Dr. Perry F. Prather, a native of the Hagerstown area, in Philadelphia.

The couple moved in 1925 to Hagerstown, where Dr. Prather practiced medicine until he was named state health commissioner in 1952. The couple then moved to Roland Park.

Mrs. Prather was executive secretary of the Maryland Association of Social Workers from 1952 to 1956.

After her husband's death in 1967, she remained in Baltimore until 1983 when she moved to Fahrney-Keedy.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Washington County Hospital Auxiliary in Hagerstown.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at the

Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home Chapel.

Survivors include two daughters, Jean P. Tallman of Severna Park and Elizabeth P. Gobbel of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Charles Prather of Ellicott City; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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