Myrtle H. Hayman, 79, whose roots in Md. date to...

July 25, 1999

Myrtle H. Hayman, 79, whose roots in Md. date to 1666

Myrtle Hopkins Hayman, a Somerset County native whose family's roots in Maryland go back to 1666, died Friday at a Salisbury nursing home after a long battle with heart disease. She was 79.

Mrs. Hayman "was a very quiet, home-loving, shy person," who loved baseball and the Baltimore Orioles, said a niece, Louise Hayman.

An avid reader who served on the board of the Somerset County Library in Princes Anne, she participated in dedication ceremonies for a new building in 1988. She also developed a keen interest in genealogy, which led her to do research on the Hayman family, much of which was used in Douglass Hayman's book, "Haymans of the Eastern Shore of Maryland: 1666-1800."

The first Haymans came to the Tidewater area of Virginia from England, and then migrated north onto the Eastern Shore, where they took up farming, Louise Hayman said.

Over the generations, family members became builders, merchants and lawyers.

Today, the C. H. Hayman Hardware store and the Hayman House bed-and-breakfast are on Princess Anne's main street, she said.

After graduating from Washington High School in Princess Anne, the former Myrtle Mae Hopkins was a secretary to Sidney Hayman, manager of the General Finance Co., a small loan company.

They were married Aug. 28, 1943, in Miami, where he was stationed in the Navy. They returned to Somerset County after his war duty ended.

She devoted the rest of her life to home and family, and her hobbies of cooking and gardening.

In addition to her niece, she is survived by two daughters, Daphne Hayman of Salisbury and Gail Hayman Bounds of Easton; a sister, Elizabeth Murray of Mount Vernon, Somerset County; and three grandchildren.

A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Manokin Presbyterian Church in Princess Anne. The family suggests donations to the Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Department.

Frances G. Levering, 79, volunteer, sportswoman

Frances Gullion Levering, a longtime community volunteer in and around Baltimore, died Wednesday of cancer at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. She was 79.

Born in Washington, the former Frances Mary Gullion graduated from high school at Saint Mary's Hall in San Antonio, and attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

As a member of the Junior League of Baltimore, Mrs. Levering volunteered for a number of community projects, including the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

In addition, she was the chairwoman of The Maryland Children's Aid Society Auxiliary, a predecessor agency of Family and Children Services, and served on the board for many years.

An avid golfer, sailor and tennis player, she was a member of the Elkridge Club and the L'Hirondelle Club.

She is survived by her husband, Frederick A. Levering III of Baltimore; two daughters, Sunny Brown Levering of Boulder, Colo., and Martha Levering of Charlottesville, Va.; a son, Frederick A. Levering IV of Baltimore; and a grandson, Jason Brown Sauter of Boulder, Colo.

A memorial service was held yesterday at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave. in Ruxton.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 162 Prince George St., Annapolis, 21401.

Kelly Marie Finn Thiels, 28, GBMC nursing coordinator

Kelly Marie Finn Thiels, a nursing staff coordinator at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, died Tuesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after a motorcycle accident. She was 28.

Born and raised in Morrell Park, she graduated from Edmondson High School in 1988. She worked first for Diversified Nurses, where she kept a part-time job after moving to GBMC.

She married Daniel Thiels in 1993. They had a daughter, Allison, in 1995. The family lived in Morrell Park.

Mrs. Thiels enjoyed spending time with her daughter, playing softball and shooting pool. She also raised money for the Billy Finn Memorial Kidney Fund, begun by her father, Chester Finn, in 1973 after the death of her half-brother William Finn.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by her mother, Irona "Roni" Finn of Baltimore; three brothers, Ronnie Finn of Pikesville, John Finn of Baltimore and Lt. Col. Robert Finn of Westminster.

Services were held yesterday at Ambrose Funeral Home, 1328 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus.

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