Sister Mary Maurice, 98, teacher, administratorSister Mary...

November 29, 1998

Sister Mary Maurice, 98, teacher, administrator

Sister Mary Maurice Givens, whose career as a parochial school teacher and administrator spanned more than half a century, died of heart failure Nov. 22 at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent in Catonsville. She was 98.

Born in St. Louis as Virginia Mary Givens, she entered the order of Oblate Sisters of Providence at the age of 29. She earned her bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and her master's in education from St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn.

She taught in Baltimore from 1938 to 1942 at St. Pius V School, and had assignments in several other states and the District of Columbia.

She had lived since her retirement in 1985 at the convent at 701 Gun Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7: 30 p.m. today.

There are no immediate survivors.

John Henry Smith, 83, Bethlehem steelworker

John Henry Smith, a retired steelworker who restored worn furniture in his upholstery business, died of cancer Thursday at his West Baltimore home. He was 83.

Born and raised in Virginia, Mr. Smith worked at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point mill before serving in the Navy as a fireman first class in the South Pacific during World War II.

After the war, he moved to Chicago, where he trained in upholstery and tufting -- skills that his family said he applied for many years in his "beloved shop," restoring furniture to its original beauty.

He met and married the former Ernestine C. Marshall in Chicago in 1956. The couple moved that year to Baltimore, and had lived since 1969 on Fredcrest Road. He worked for more than two decades at Bethlehem's open-hearth furnace before retiring in 1979.

Mr. Smith was a deacon since 1964, taught Sunday school, and tTC was chaplain of relief at First Baptist Church, 525 N. Caroline St., where services will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a sister, Cuttie Smith of Williamsburg, Va., and many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth Thomas Champness, 70, advertising executive

Kenneth Thomas Champness, a longtime Baltimore advertising executive who played varsity basketball at the University of Maryland in the 1940s, died Monday in Atlanta of complications from diabetes and heart failure. He was 70.

Champness was born in Baltimore and attended City College.

After graduating from Maryland, he worked at local advertising agencies including W.B. Doner & Co. and the former VanSant Dugdale for nearly 20 years. He started his own firm, Champness & Associates, after moving to Atlanta in 1972. He became publisher of Atlanta magazine in 1982, and retired in 1985 after having heart surgery.

Mr. Champness served in the Navy in World War II and the Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Champness often returned to the area for a "healing dose of crab cakes," said his son, Steven Champness, also an Atlanta advertising executive.

Other survivors include a second son, Michael Champness, of Logansville, Ga.; a daughter, Pamela Horowitz of Naples, Fla.; and two brothers, Robert Champness of Cincinnati and Daniel Champness of Cockeysville; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held yesterday in Georgia.

Pub Date: 11/29/98

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