Vivian Heller Yarnell, 93, legal secretary, volunteer...

October 30, 2001

Vivian Heller Yarnell, 93, legal secretary, volunteer

Vivian Heller Yarnell, a legal secretary at Baltimore law firms and city volunteer who served on Mayor William Donald Schaefer's Special Projects Committee, died Friday at Oakcrest Village retirement community in Parkville. She was 93.

Mrs. Yarnell was a secretary at the law firms Piper Carey and Hall, and Ritchie Janney Ober and Williams, and had been personal secretary to W. Howard Hamilton, vice president and attorney for the old Calvert Bank downtown.

A community volunteer for much of her life, she was chairman of the city's Adopt-a-Lot and took part in the mayoral committee. She also was president of the Guild of St. Elizabeth School and Habilitation Center in Waverly, and was a member of the Woman's Club of Towson and president of the Northwood Garden Club.

A native of Oklahoma City, the former Vivian Heller was a graduate of Columbia University.

In 1941, she married Philip Yarnell, operating manager of Moore-McCormack Steamship Co. and member of a noted Navy family. In 1961, she launched a Navy guided missile destroyer at Bath, Maine, named after her father-in-law, Adm. Harry E. Yarnell. Her husband died in 1981.

Mrs. Yarnell moved from the city's Northwood neighborhood to Oakcrest 10 years ago.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Henry W. Jenkins Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.

She is survived by two sons, Harry E. Yarnell II of Perryman and Philip Yarnell of Towson; and two grandchildren.

Lahoma S. Jennings, 74, bookkeeper at brokerage

Lahoma S. Jennings, who had been a bookkeeper for a family-owned insurance brokerage, died Oct. 23 of a blood clot at the home of a daughter in Baltimore County. She was 74.

The longtime resident of Winthrop House in Guilford was bookkeeper for Insurance Specialists, a family-owned insurance brokerage, from 1975 to 1985. At her death, she managed C & C Holding Co., a family-owned business in Baynesville.

Born and raised in Ellamore, W.Va., Lahoma Swick graduated from high school in Buckhannon, W.Va. She moved to Baltimore in 1944 and worked in sales at Hutzler's department store before her marriage to Chester Jennings Jr. in 1946.

After raising her family, she returned to school and earned a certificate from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and went to work in her husband's insurance agency.

She was a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland and the Lady Affiliates of Boumi Temple. She also enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of several bowl- ing leagues.

She was a member of Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church in Riderwood, where services were held Saturday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Jennings is survived by two sons, Chester Jennings III of Towson and Kurt Jennings of Roland Park; two daughters, Donna Jennings Ward of Phoenix and Karen Slattebo of Green Bay, Wis.; a sister, Arowanna Carroll of Waukegan, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Sallie Vaeth, 75, founding member of church

Sallie Vaeth, a homemaker and founding member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge, died Wednesday of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 75 and lived in Towson.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Aisquith Street, Sallie Barrett was a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame in East Baltimore. She volunteered at Our Daily Bread and the Baltimore County Public Library's Towson branch during the 1980s.

She married James E. Vaeth Sr. in the 1940s. He died in 1976.

A Mass was offered Friday at St. Pius X Church, where she also was a Eucharistic minister.

She is survived by two sons, Robert D. Vaeth of Sterling, Va., and J. Stuart Vaeth of Boston; two daughters, Mollie V. Quasebarth of Sacramento, Calif., and C. Barrie Young of Beverly, N.J.; and 12 grandchildren. A son, Jay Vaeth Jr., died in 1979.

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