Esther M. Wentworth, 97, church organistEsther M...

November 17, 1996

Esther M. Wentworth, 97, church organist

Esther M. Wentworth, a Peabody Institute graduate who once played background music for silent movies, died of natural causes Tuesday at the Seaford Center in Seaford, Del., where she had lived for 11 years. She was 97.

Born in Cumberland, Mrs. Wentworth had studied voice, organ and piano before graduating from the Peabody in 1920. For many years, she was the organist for the Church of the Messiah, an Episcopal church on Harford Road.

"We could always count on her to play piano at family gatherings," said a son, David E. Wentworth of Laurel, Del.

The former Esther Roeder, a homemaker for most of her life, was the widow of Albert L. Wentworth, a mechanic retired from the Bethlehem Steel Shipyards. The couple had been married 51 years and had resided in Carney for 25 years until his death in 1974.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. today at the Seventh-day Adventist Building in the Harvest Christian Church in Seaford.

Survivors include two other sons, Frederick L. Wentworth of Baldwin and Donald L. Wentworth of Ocean View, Del.; a daughter, Jeannette I. Custer of Joppa; a sister, Eleanor Self of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; a brother, Arthur Roeder of Holly Hill, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mary Lou Broyles,a retired sales supervisor, died Friday of complications from diabetes in Fort Myers, Fla., where she had lived for two years. She was 67. The former Parkton resident had worked for many years at the Sears store in Hunt Valley. The Baltimore native was a graduate of Eastern High School.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Ronald W. Broyles of Fort Myers; two sons, Gary William Broyles of Carbondale, Colo., and Robert Scott Broyles of Baltimore; and two granddaughters.

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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