Cheri M. Horton, 49, social worker, therapistCheri M...

April 11, 1997

Cheri M. Horton, 49, social worker, therapist

Cheri M. Horton, a social worker and counselor in Baltimore and on the Eastern Shore, died Wednesday at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury after a two-year struggle with cancer. She was 49 and a resident of Hebron, Wicomico County.

For the last two years, she was a private therapist with Counseling Associates in Salisbury. Before that, she was coordinator of counseling services for Coastal Hospice, which serves terminally ill patients throughout the lower Eastern Shore.

During the 1970s and 1980s, she worked at the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens and the Kennedy Institute for Handicapped Children, both in Baltimore.

Cheri Anne Morin was born in Reno, Nev., and grew up in Salt Lake City.

She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Bryn Mawr College in 1969 and a master's degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning in Baltimore in 1978.

After leaving Bryn Mawr, Mrs. Horton was a translator for an engineering firm in Madrid, Spain, and then moved to Washington, where she was a researcher for the National Journal. During 1972 and 1973, she evaluated grant applications for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Washington.

From 1973 to 1976, she was associate director of an exchange program that brought young professionals from Holland, Finland and Germany to the United States for training.

Mrs. Horton did volunteer counseling at the Joseph House Village, which works with the poor in Salisbury.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church on Riverside Drive in Salisbury.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Tom Horton, a Sun columnist; a son, Tyler Horton; a daughter, Abigail Horton; her parents, Chester K. and Jewel Morin of Dunedin, Fla.; and a sister, Melanie Morey, of Wellesley Hills, Mass. Mildred L. Firth, an Annapolis homemaker, died of pneumonia March 29 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 86 and lived in Annapolis for the last 12 years.

A native of Quantico, Va., the former Mildred Williams married the Rev. Dr. William E. Firth, a Methodist minister, in 1935 and TC they lived in several locations in the Baltimore-Washington area. He died in 1985.

Mrs. Firth was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Sykesville.

No funeral services were held. She is survived by a daughter, JoAnn Sharpe of Annapolis; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Francis L. Dean, 73, Western Electric supervisor

Francis L. Dean, a retired engineering supervisor at the Western Electric Co., died of complications from a stroke Tuesday at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Rosedale. He was 73 and lived in Stoneleigh.

He joined Western Electric in New York as a messenger in 1941. He left the next year to serve in the Army during World War II and returned after he was discharged in 1946. He was transferred to the Cockeysville office in 1965 and retired in 1981.

A native of the Bronx, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Long Island University in 1952 and a master's in business administration from New York University in 1955.

He was an accomplished painter who enjoyed ballroom dancing, bowling, photography, golf and horse racing.

He belonged to the Mount Washington Club, the Country Club of Maryland and the Telephone Pioneers Club.

He married Florence Strack in the late 1940s; she died in 1981. He married Sophronia Arminger in 1982.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Lawrence G. Dean of Silver Spring and John C. Dean of Baltimore; a daughter, Susan Thomas of Reisterstown; a sister, Eileen McCarthy of Apple Valley, Calif.; and four grandchildren. Amy R. Read, who taught art in Maryland prisons, died of a stroke March 29 at the Heron Point Retirement Community in Chestertown. She was 100.

She moved from Roland Park to Chestertown in 1994.

Described by family members as a "lifelong advocate for the arts," she taught Maryland Penitentiary inmates painting and drawing from the 1940s until the late 1950s.

The former Amy Robinson was born in Mount Airy, Pa., and moved to Roland Park at the turn of the century. She graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and went to Paris to study painting in the early 1920s.

She returned to Baltimore in 1924 and married Francis K. Read, an executive with a fence company. He died in 1963.

Mrs. Read was a former member of Maryland Penwomen, the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Garrison.

She was a communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Cross Street in Chestertown, where memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. April 19.

She is survived by two daughters, Frances R. Baldwin of Chestertown and Anne C. Rogers of Longmeadow, Mass.; a sister, Frances R. Baker of Baltimore; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

William P. Barrett, 54, city public works official

William P. Barrett, a systems analyst for the Baltimore Department of Public Works, died of complications of a bacterial infection Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Monkton resident was 54.

Mr. Barrett, who joined city government as a draftsman in 1962, had a pancreas transplant at Hopkins in February.

The East Baltimore native was a 1960 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute.

The avid gardener was active in Sea Scout Ship 370 in Dundalk for many years.

Services will be held at 8: 30 p.m. today at Cvach-Rosedale Funeral Home, 1211 Chesaco Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Frances Crockett; a daughter, Megan Barrett, a junior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; two brothers, Robert M. Barrett of Jarrettsville and John J. Barrett of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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