Francis L. Hamm, 63, social worker for stateFrancis L...

March 28, 1997

Francis L. Hamm, 63, social worker for state

Francis L. Hamm, a retired state social worker, died of cancer Wednesday at her West Baltimore residence. She was 63.

Known as Frankie, she retired in 1995 after working for the state for 27 years.

She was born Francis L. Countess in West Baltimore and was a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

No services were held. A memorial gathering is planned from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at 2112 Division St.

She is survived by Haywood Hamm, her husband of 46 years; two sons, Jonathan Hamm and Jason Hamm, both of Baltimore; four daughters, Debra Randall, Lynne Adams, Leah Hamm and Leslie Hamm, all of Baltimore; her mother, Edith Vennie of Baltimore; a brother, Billy Countess of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Chestine Annette Ray, a teacher who was a missionary in Africa for two years, died of pneumonia Sunday at Harbor Hospital Center. The Glen Burnie resident was 60.

Mrs. Ray began teaching in the Baltimore public schools in 1967 and was assigned to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in West Baltimore at the time of her death.

She was born Chestine McGlone in Norfolk, Va., and came to Baltimore in 1954 to attend Morgan State College, graduating in 1958. She received a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1979.

She married the Rev. Samuel Ray in 1960, and the couple were missionaries in Liberia from 1964 to 1966. Her duties in the West African nation included teaching music to high school students.

Mrs. Ray was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ, 1063 W. Fayette St., where her husband is pastor and where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Samuel Johnathan Ray of Glen Burnie; two daughters, Teri Annette Ray and Dawn Michelle Ray Conway, both of Baltimore; and a sister, Shirley Thomas of Glen Burnie.

Andrew Campbell Armstrong, a former Chessie System attorney and Ruxton resident, died of lung disease Monday at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. He was 75.

He began working for the Ches- sie System in 1955, when it was the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and retired in 1976. He then moved to South Yarmouth, Mass., where he joined a private law firm. He retired again in 1991.

The native of Holyoke, Mass., graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1939 and Princeton University in 1943, and served in the Army. He was discharged with the rank of second lieutenant in 1945, then earned a law degree from the University of Virginia.

He was admitted to the bar in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

He was a former member of Towson Presbyterian Church and the Roland Run Club.

A memorial service was held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Lovell; a son, David O. Armstrong of Billings, Mont.; a daughter, Vineeta A. Lowell of Boulder, Colo.; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/28/97

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