Helen D. Engle, 91, high school teacher

November 17, 2003

Helen D. Engle, a former high school English teacher and active churchgoer, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Howard County General Hospital. The Columbia resident was 91.

Helen Doenges was born in Cambridge and began her longtime association with that city's Grace United Methodist Church as a 13-year-old member of the choir. She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1929 and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the former Western Maryland College in 1933.

After graduation, she returned to Cambridge and five years later married William E. Engle. He died in 1996.

Her brother, George Robert Doenges of Linthicum Heights, said Mrs. Engle was a loving woman who put her family first.

Mrs. Engle continued her dedication to the church as a Sunday school teacher. She was a past president of United Methodist Women and served on the Council of Ministries' Administrative Board.

Beginning in 1950, Mrs. Engle spent 20 years as an English teacher at Cambridge High School. After she retired in 1970, she enjoyed attending class reunions and sharing in the success of her former students.

She was involved with the Cambridge Women's Club, the Dorchester Retired Educators, the Girl Scouts and the economic development of downtown Cambridge. She also enjoyed reading and making crafts.

She moved to Columbia about three years ago.

Services were held Saturday.

Mrs. Engle is also survived by a daughter, Carol Ann Engle Fales of Columbia, and a granddaughter.

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