Helen W. Fowler, 74, schoolteacher at Oakleigh Helen W...

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November 08, 2001

Helen W. Fowler, 74, schoolteacher at Oakleigh

Helen W. Fowler, a teacher at Baltimore County's Oakleigh Elementary School for 24 years, died of cancer Saturday at her Parkville home. She was 74.

Mrs. Fowler began her career in 1950 in Carroll County schools, and also taught briefly in Baltimore before joining the faculty of Oakleigh in Baynesville in 1956. She also supervised student teachers there from area colleges. She retired in 1980.

Helen Wampler was born and raised on a farm in Sykesville and earned her bachelor's degree in education in 1944 from Towson State Teachers College. In 1971, she earned a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter, and studied watercolors with Fritz Schuler Briggs, a noted Baltimore artist. She was proficient in crewel work and cross-stitch, and won the Carroll County Needleworks Show in 1987. She was a third-place winner in a 1986 Good Housekeeping magazine national needlework competition.

In 1991, she was awarded the Baltimore County Department of Aging Senior Citizen's Award for a short story, "Holding On," in which she wrote about a Thanksgiving gathering at her home.

She was married in 1949 to Richard Lewis Fowler Sr., who died in 1986.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by a son, Richard Lewis Fowler Jr. of Parkville; two daughters, Kathleen L. Fowler of Parkville and Susan F. Hallowell of Sewell, N.J.; two brothers, Bush Wampler of Ocala, Fla., and Raymond Wampler of Salisbury; and two sisters, Edna Harrison and Ruth Howsdon, both of Sykesville.

Helen Kirkley, 81, teacher, funeral home secretary

Helen M. Kirkley, a former funeral home secretary and Anne Arundel County public school teacher, died Saturday of heart failure at Continuum Care in Sykesville. She was 81 and a longtime Glen Burnie resident.

For 10 years until retiring in 1988, Mrs. Kirkley worked as her husband's secretary and assisted him in the operation of Kirkley Funeral Home in Glen Burnie, now Kirkley-Ruddick Funeral Home.

She taught typing and business courses for 26 years at Glen Burnie and Northeast high schools until retiring in 1977.

Born Helen M. Smith in Terre Haute, Ind., she earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana State Teachers College in 1942 and a master's degree in education from Indiana State University in 1943.

She was a member of Chapter No. 63 Order of the Eastern Star and Glen Burnie Improvement Association, and enjoyed photography, cooking and travel.

Mrs. Kirkley was a longtime member of Glen Burnie United Methodist Church, where services were held Tuesday.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James S. Kirkley; a son, Dr. James F. Kirkley of Durham, N.C.; two daughters, Janice M. Kirkley of Glen Burnie and Joyce M. Hornberger of Frederick; a sister, Catherine M. Stoner of Jonesboro, Ga.; and three grandchildren.

Edith Bradley, 88, bank vice president

Edith Bradley, a former First National Bank vice president, died of heart failure Tuesday at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 88 and lived in North Baltimore.

She retired in 1988 from the old First National's Commonwealth Branch at Howard and Madison streets, where she had worked for 45 years. Family members said she was among the first Maryland women to become a bank vice president.

Born Marcella Edith Bradley in Baltimore, she was raised and lived for many years in her family's home in the 2900 block of N. Calvert St. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1932 from the College of Notre Dame, whose elementary and preparatory schools she also attended.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N. Charles St., where she was a lifelong member.

Miss Bradley is survived by nephews and nieces.

Edward A. Miller, 84, property manager

Edward A. Miller, who managed properties for Bittorf Enterprises for more than 40 years, died Monday from a stroke at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 84.

The longtime Carney resident began working in 1946 for William H. Bittorf, owner of Bittorf Motors in Baltimore. After Bittorf Enterprises was established, Mr. Miller managed company acquisitions, which included the Charles Towers in Baltimore, Castle Marina in Kent Island and Martingham Country Club in St. Michaels. He retired in the late 1980s.

Mr. Miller was born in Baltimore and raised in Magnolia, Harford County. He was a graduate of St. Stephen's Parochial School there, and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served with the Army in the Philippines and attained the rank of sergeant. He was an active member of Parkville American Legion Post No. 183.

He enjoyed building and giving away birdhouses, and he was an avid gardener.

He was married in 1939 to Stella J. Pulaski, who died in 1983.

Mr. Miller was a communicant of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catho- lic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

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