Marvin Ellsworth Smith, 86, owned car dealershipMarvin...

November 15, 1999

Marvin Ellsworth Smith, 86, owned car dealership

Marvin Ellsworth Smith, former owner of one of the oldest car dealerships in Baltimore County, died Tuesday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville of complications from surgery. He was 86.

A longtime resident of White Marsh, he moved to Oak Crest Village, a retirement community, in 1997.

He was born in White Marsh and attended public schools there before attending a business college in downtown Baltimore. In 1914, his father, Gilbert Smith, and uncle William Smith founded Smith Motor Co., which sold Model T and Model A Fords and later Dodges and Plymouths in White Marsh.

When Mr. Smith's father died in 1930, he and his brother, Kenneth Smith, ran the dealership. Mr. Smith worked there for 48 years and retired in 1978. Later, run by a third generation of Smiths, the dealership became part of the Schaefer & Strohminger chain in 1981.

With his brother, who died in 1973, Mr. Smith was co-owner of the 365-acre Gunpowder Stock Farm in Chase. The property is now part of Gunpowder State Park.

An avid boater, he served as a chief boatswain's mate in the Coast Guard during World War II. At times, he used his yacht to patrol the mid-Atlantic. He served for 39 months.

Services were held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Katherine Lois Whitehurst, whom he married in 1934; a daughter, Marlene D. Dawson of Vienna, Va.; a sister, Ruth Ortel of Towson; three nephews; and a niece.

Henry A. Becker, 84, Baltimore police sergeant

Henry A. Becker, a former Baltimore police sergeant and state employee, died yesterday of pulmonary disease at the Hospice at Gilchrist Center in Baltimore. He was 84 and lived in Ellicott City.

A third-generation Baltimorean who attended public schools, Mr. Becker served in the Police Department from 1941 to 1968. He was assigned to the Southwest Traffic Division and Bureau of Identification.

After retiring from the police agency, he joined the Maryland Department of Transportation as an engineer associate in the statistics division.

A Howard County resident for more than 30 years, he was a volunteer at the child support division of the Howard County state's attorney's office.

He was a member of Howard County Masonic Lodge No. 101 and the Shriners' Boumi Temple. He was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America for his volunteer efforts in certifying young men in fingerprint identification, expertise gained from his law enforcement background.

An avid gardener and woodworker, he enjoyed furniture restoration and woodcarving. He was also a Sunday school teacher, drum-and-bugle corps leader, athletic coach and employment counselor to the disabled.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Harry H. Witzke Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City.

Mr. Becker is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Audrey V. Fields; a son, Robert H. Becker of Ellicott City, a retired Baltimore police sergeant; a daughter, Patricia M. Kirk of Ellicott City; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Shirley J. Stuart, 76, missionary, reading teacher

Shirley Josephine Stuart, a former missionary in Japan and reading teacher in Baltimore, died Wednesday of heart failure in Hanover, Pa. She was 76.

Born in Glen Elder, Kan., Ms. Stuart earned a bachelor's degree from Friends University in Wichita, Kan.; a master's degree in theology from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.; and a master's degree in special education from Montclair State Teachers College in Clifton, N.J.

After graduate school, she was a Religious Society of Friends missionary in postwar Kyoto, Japan, where she met and married Juan A. Jimenez.

In the early 1950s, they moved back to the United States and she worked as an elementary school teacher in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Carroll County.

In the mid-1970s, the couple moved to Stirling Street in Baltimore and she worked as a remedial reading teacher in the city school system.

In the early 1980s, the couple separated and Ms. Stuart dropped her married name. She moved to Hanover, where she volunteered as a reading teacher with the Literacy Council of Hanover.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hanover Church of the Brethren, 601 Wilson Ave.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Richard Jimenez of Baltimore, Stephen Jimenez of Westminster and Timothy Jimenez of Hanover; a sister, Reta Stuart of Arvada, Colo.; and two grandchildren.

William Marquette, 67, insurance executive

William Marquette, a retired insurance executive who spent much of his career in Baltimore, died of heart failure Friday at home in York, Pa. He was 67.

After the death of his wife last year, he moved to York to be close to his family. He had married Shirley J. Ebert in 1954.

The Baltimore native graduated from Southern High School in 1950 and was a sergeant in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.

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