Mary Elise Marvel, 92, head of Presbyterian homeMary Elise...

July 17, 1996

Mary Elise Marvel, 92, head of Presbyterian home

Mary Elise Marvel, a Ridgely woman who was superintendent of the Presbyterian Home in Towson, died of heart failure at Fharney Keedy Memorial Home in Boonsboro on July 10. She was 92.

The former Mary Porter, Mrs. Marvel was born in Queenstown in 1903 and attended the Centreville school in Queen Anne's County. She was married in 1924. After her husband died in 1957, she worked for a time as a department store clerk in Frederick.

From 1960 to 1963, Mrs. Marvel helped to raise young children at the Maryland School for the Blind in Baltimore. In 1963, she became superintendent of the Presbyterian Home in Towson. She worked there for 10 years before retiring to Keedy in 1973.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Moore Funeral Home, 12 S. Second St. in Denton.

Mrs. Marvel is survived by a son, Carlton "Pete" A. Marvel, Jr., of Homosassa, Fla.; a daughter, Beverly Marvel Ray of Windsor, Va.; 10 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Joseph S. Quimby Sr., 82, Queen Anne's Co. farmer

Joseph S. Quimby Sr., a lifelong Queen Anne's County farmer who was active in several groups, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Centreville. He was 82.

Mr. Quimby raised corn, soy beans and wheat on his 365-acre Needwood Farm, whose origins dated to the 19th century.

Born and raised in Centreville, he graduated from high school there in 1932. The next year, he married Helen Larrimore, and the couple settled on Needwood Farm where they lived since 1940.

Mr. Quimby was semiretired at the time of his death.

In addition to farming, Mr. Quimby served as Queen Anne's County sheriff from 1962 to 1966 and served two terms as a judge of the Orphans' Court and was a member of the county election board. He was a former board member of the Farmers National Bank of Annapolis and was chairman of the bank's advisory board of farmers until 1992.

He was active in numerous organizations, including the Queen Anne's County Animal Control Board, and as a supervisor of Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District and the Queen Anne's County Democratic Club.

He was also a member of the Queen Anne's Sportsman's Club and the Eastern Shore Fox Hunters Association.

Services for Mr. Quimby will he held at 2 p.m. today at Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville, where he was a member.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Joseph S. Quimby Jr. and Jay Hopkins Quimby; a daughter, Joan Q. Dawkins; a brother, Charles T. Quimby, all of Centreville; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to the church; or to Queen Anne's County Hospice Volunteers Inc., P.O. Box 179, Centreville 21617.

Collins James II, 43, insurance investigator

Collins James II, a longtime investigator for the state's accident insurance fund, died Friday of self-inflicted wounds. The West Baltimore resident was 43.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. James graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1972 and from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1976. After college, he began work as an insurance investigator for the state.

Mr. James enjoyed attending sports events and reading.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11: 30 a.m. today at the Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

He is survived by his mother, Wilma James of Baltimore.

Virginia Coode Duke, 71, State Department official

Virginia Coode Duke, who for 17 years stood behind presidents and dignitaries making sure the nation's treaties were officially signed, died Saturday of pneumonia in her home in Arlington, Va. She was 71.

During her years in the State Department as Treaty Depositary Officer, Ms. Duke knew Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Nixon and Carter by their first names, and she was with them and other officials as they signed into law international treaties. Among the most famous treaties during her tenure was the Nuclear Test Ban, signed by John F. Kennedy in 1963.

The Leonardtown native began her career at St. Mary's Academy, where she graduated in 1942. Four years later, she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in modern languages from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Ms. Duke spent nine years as a teller at First National Bank of St. Mary's in Leonardtown before she joined the State Department in 1955 as a clerk typist. She rose through the ranks and became the treaty depositary officer in 1960. She retired in 1977.

A descendant of one of the first families of Maryland, she was a member of the Ark and Dove Society, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the Maryland Historical Society, and Friends of St. Mary's. In 1972, she moved to a condominium in Arlington, Va.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Washington Street in Leonardtown. Internment will follow services at St. Aloysius Catholic Church Cemetery.

Pub Date: 7/17/96

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