Mary Ethel Troyer, 89, public schools educator

February 11, 2005

Mary Ethel Troyer, a retired Baltimore County public schools educator and active church member, died in her sleep Feb. 4 at Long View Nursing Home in Manchester. She was 89.

Miss Troyer was born and spent her entire life in Monkton. Since 1918, she had lived in the same house. She was a 1931 graduate of the old Sparks High School and earned a teaching certificate in 1934 from what is now Towson University.

She earned a bachelor's degree in the 1950s from the Johns Hopkins University and a master's in education from what is now McDaniel College.

She began teaching in 1934 at the old Manor Glen Elementary School and later joined the faculty at Catonsville Elementary. After years of teaching, she became vice principal of Seventh District Elementary School in Parkton.

In 1957, Miss Troyer was named supervisor of the county's elementary school art program, a position she held until she retired in 1971.

She was a world traveler and a founding member of the Four Square Fellowship social club.

She was a supporter of the Methodist Board of Child Care, the Christian Children's Fund and Hereford Volunteer Fire Company.

Miss Troyer was a lifelong member of Hereford United Methodist Church, where she had been a Sunday school teacher, organist and president of the administration council. Services were held there Wednesday.

There are no survivors.

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