Stephanie Jeffers El, 57, licensed nurseStephanie Ferrell...

March 28, 1998

Stephanie Jeffers El, 57, licensed nurse

Stephanie Ferrell Jeffers El, a licensed practical nurse in Baltimore for nearly 20 years, died Saturday of cancer at her East Baltimore home. She was 57.

A Baltimore native, the former Stephanie Ferrell graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in 1957 and from a Baltimore nursing school. She married Lloyd Jeffers in 1978.

She worked in nursing at several area hospitals from about 1978 to 1996.

Services were held Thursday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Adonis Williams and Donna Rankin Henderson; her mother, Gladys Fields; a brother, Steven Ferrell; and a sister, Thelma Neal. All are of Baltimore.

Sister Marie deChantal, 90, headed academy

Sister Marie deChantal, who was the last Visitation nun to head the Baltimore Academy of the Visitation in Roland Park, died Monday of a heart ailment at Providence Hospital in Washington. She was 90.

The former Christine Higgins was a teacher and administrator in the public schools in Massachusetts for 27 years before joining the order at the monastery in the 5700 block of Roland Ave. in 1957.

She taught at the Visitation Academy here before becoming its directress, a position she held when the sisters gave up the school and monastery in 1977.

She moved to the Georgetown Visitation monastery, where she maintained the archives of the academy.

A Requiem Mass was offered Thursday at the Georgetown monastery's Chapel of the Sacred Heart.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Esther Smith Bennett, 82, Harford County educator

Esther Smith Bennett, a Harford County educator for 20 years, died Tuesday of cancer at the Broadmead Retirement Home in Cockeysville. She was 82.

A native of Lincoln, Va., the former Esther Smith graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1937. She received a master's degree from Loyola College in the 1980s. She married Frederick Dewey Bennett in the late 1930s and settled in Abingdon, in Harford County. They divorced in 1980.

A homemaker for many years, she began substitute teaching in Harford County schools in 1961 and in 1964 became a fifth-grade teacher at the Harford Day School in Bel Air. She became the school's principal 16 years later and retired in 1984.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Broadmead Retirement Home, 13801 York Road in Cockeysville.

She is survived by a son, Frederick Cahill Bennett of Baltimore; three daughters, Nancy Winship Bennett of Jamestown, R.I., Ellen Bennett Becker of Albany, N.Y., and Louise Bennett Russell of Westfield, N.J.; a sister, Ruthanna Bayless of Mercer Island, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

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Pub Date: 3/28/98

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