Anne B. Trimmer, 75, homemaker, journalist Anne B...

February 20, 2000|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Anne B. Trimmer, 75, homemaker, journalist

Anne B. Trimmer, a homemaker and former journalist, died Feb. 13 of heart failure at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She was 75.

Mrs. Trimmer began her journalism career in the early 1940s as a reporter and later editor of the York Gazette & Daily in her native York, Pa. She moved to Baltimore in 1943 when she became a reporter for the Associated Press.

After her 1943 marriage to John P. Trimmer, who also worked for the AP, she became a reporter at the Annapolis Evening Capital, now the Capital. Later, she was an editor there.

Mrs. Trimmer, a 50-year resident of Severna Park, left daily journalism in the late 1940s to raise her family.

She had been president of the Annapolis Colonial Players, for which she acted and directed shows.

The former Anne Briggs was a graduate of York High School and attended York College of Pennsylvania.

She was a communicant of St. Martin's In-The-Field Episcopal Church in Severna Park, where services were held yesterday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Trimmer is survived by a son, John B. Trimmer of Pasadena; two daughters, Jane L. Kueberth of Annapolis and Christina D. Trimmer of West Hartford, Conn.; a brother, Clair Briggs of York, Pa.; a sister, Dorothy Weichert of York; and three grandchildren.

Lois Kathleen Sutton, 65, Lever Brothers employee

Lois Kathleen Sutton, a retired production worker and an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. She was 65.

The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident worked in the Lever Brothers plant on Broening Highway from 1969 until her retirement in 1989.

Shortly before her death, Mrs. Sutton celebrated 14 years of sobriety. Her home group in AA was the Mustard Seed Group.

"She was always ready to help anyone who needed her, no matter what time of day or night," said her daughter, Deborah Sutton of Baltimore.

Born Lois Katherine Brown in Chadbourn, N.C., she graduated from Chadbourn Negro High School. After attending Fayetteville State Teachers College in North Carolina, she moved to Baltimore in 1954 and graduated from a local business school.

Her marriage to Irvin M. Sutton Sr. ended in divorce.

Services were held yesterday at Mount Pisgah C.M.E. Church, 1034 N. Fulton St. in Baltimore.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Sutton is survived by two sons, Irvin M. Sutton Jr. of Edgewood and Kenneth L. Sutton of Baltimore; a brother, Leonard Vann of Philadelphia; a sister, Clara Lewis of Philadelphia; five grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Janice R. Ford, 63, teacher in elementary schools

Janice R. Ford, a retired elementary school teacher, died Feb. 13 of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Mount Washington resident was 63.

Before she retired in 1988, she was a speech pathologist and reading teacher at Barclay Elementary School in Charles Village. Earlier, she taught at Edgecomb Elementary School in Northwest Baltimore and at schools in Lynchburg, Va.

Born Janice Robinson in Lynchburg, she was a graduate of Hampton University, where she received a bachelor of science degree in education. She also studied at Loyola College in Baltimore.

In 1957, she married the Rev. Herman A. Ford, pastor of Fountain Baptist Church on East Preston Street, where services were held Thursday.

She also is survived by a son, Herman A. Ford Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Viola Marie Wise of Pikesville; and a granddaughter.

John J. Murphy, 76, Chessie System official

John J. Murphy, a retired Chessie System official and World War II veteran who fought in two theaters of operation, died Wednesday of pulmonary disease at Oak Crest Village. He was 76.

Mr. Murphy, formerly of Woodlawn and Cockeysville, had been a resident of the Parkville retirement community since 1998.

He began his career as a clerk in the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's labor relations department in 1946. He retired as a labor relations specialist from the Chessie System, a successor to the B&O, in 1984.

Mr. Murphy was born and raised in Forest Park.

A 1941 graduate of Forest Park High School, he enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served as a decoding expert.

Assigned to the USS Barton in 1943, he participated in the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944. He narrowly escaped death when an unexploded German shell passed through the ship's bridge where he was assigned.

In 1944, the Barton was assigned to the Pacific theater, where it fought in the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns, and survived an intense Japanese kamikaze attack.

Discharged in 1946 with the rank of petty officer, Mr. Murphy earned the Philippine Liberation Medal, European Theater Medal, Pacific Theater Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

In 1949, he married Doris Metzbower, who died in 1984.

He was a communicant of St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Woodlawn and a member of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Evans Chapel of Memories, 8800 Harford Road, Parkville.

He is survived by two sons, Stephen Murphy of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and David J. Murphy of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Deborah M. Powers of Norcross, Ga., and Erin E. Murphy of Sterling, Va.; a brother, Robert C. Murphy of Towson, retired chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals; and six grandchildren.


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