Evette Bonita Fletcher, 30, toy store managerEvette Bonita...

November 22, 1999

Evette Bonita Fletcher, 30, toy store manager

Evette Bonita Fletcher, a former toy store manager, died of complications of multiple sclerosis Nov. 15 at Chestertown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 30.

The Chestertown native moved to the Baltimore area, where she graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1987.

She worked at Toy Works in Baltimore until she became ill about eight years ago, said her mother, Anita Isaacs of Suitland.

Services were held Saturday.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her father, Armond Fletcher of Chestertown; her stepfather, Gilbert Young of Suitland; two sisters, Chenelle Isaacs and Jonale Bowen, both of Philadelphia; and her grandmothers, Louvenia Bradley and Roseanne Fletcher, both of Chestertown.

Catherine Rankin, 97, teacher in Baltimore schools

Catherine Rankin, a retired teacher who worked in Baltimore schools, died Wednesday of heart failure at her Rodgers Forge home. She was 97.

Born in Baltimore, the former Catherine Leister graduated from Baltimore Teachers Training School and Maryland Institute, College of Art.

She taught at James Monroe Elementary, and Gwynns Falls, Garrison, Thomas Jefferson and Clifton Park junior high schools.

While teaching at Gwynns Falls, she met Carroll S. Rankin, whom she married in 1932. Mr. Rankin, who later became principal of Edmondson High School, died in 1982.

An active member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and its sodality, she was a model in church-sponsored fashion shows.

In retirement, she took art classes at what now is Towson University and painted watercolors .

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Lady Chapel of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

She is survived by four sons, Edward H. Rankin of Rockville, Carroll S. Rankin Jr. of Eldersburg, Dr. Thomas V. Rankin of Eau Claire, Wis., and Joseph M. Rankin of Westminster; a daughter, Frances Wroblewski of Lutherville; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Christina Rita French, 80, Neild Cleaners vice president

Christina Rita French, who worked her way from ironing clothes to becoming vice president of Neild Cleaners in Bel Air, died of cancer Wednesday at her Owings Mills home. She was 80.

One of nine children, Ms. French left school in the eighth grade because her widowed mother needed help with the family's expenses.

She later attended a City College adult night school program, earning her diploma in the 1950s.

She was an active member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon, often visiting the sick and shut-in. She volunteered for Mission of Mercy, Reisterstown Senior Center and Cherrywood Nursing Home in Reisterstown.

"Absolutely everybody she met loved her," said her niece, Catherine Kennedy. "She influenced every person's life. She was such a very special person. She never stopped working."

After being diagnosed with cancer, Ms. French kept busy, leading dances at the senior center until she lost the use of her legs.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

She is survived by four other nieces and two nephews.

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