Ethel Talbert, 84

Longtime Baltimore County mathematics teacher

January 16, 2007|By Nicole Fuller | Nicole Fuller,SUN REPORTER

Ethel Talbert, a mathematics teacher who taught generations of Baltimore County students during a 30-year career, died Thursday of complications from old age at a retirement community in Shrewsbury, Pa. She was 84.

Born in the Upperco area of northern Baltimore County, Ethel Hale was raised by her grandmother, Emma Hale, after her mother died while giving birth to her and a twin brother. The brother also died.

As a child during the Great Depression, Mrs. Talbert worked with a cousin at her uncle's small general store - Hale's Store - at Falls and Mount Carmel roads, where she pumped gas and served up dill pickles for patrons, said her eldest son, Theodore J. Talbert of Carroll Valley, Pa.

Mrs. Talbert graduated from Sparks High School in 1938 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1942 from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College. She received a master's degree in education from Loyola College.

In 1944, she married Theodore J. Talbert, a pilot during World War II who later became a Maryland state trooper. Mr. Talbert died in a plane crash in 1951 while crop-dusting near the Westminster airport. Mrs. Talbert never remarried.

After her husband's death, the Upperco community rallied to help complete construction of the couple's home, which was then just a foundation. Mrs. Talbert lived there for the next 53 years.

She began teaching at what is now Seventh District Elementary School in Parkton. She became an algebra teacher at what is now Hereford High School in 1953 - the year the school opened.

When she retired in 1982, she was the last of the original teachers at the school, her son said.

In retirement, she played bridge and dined out frequently.

"She had a wonderful time," her son said. "There were weeks when she didn't fix a meal at home. She would have breakfast with somebody, lunch with somebody, dinner with somebody."

She was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church for more than 80 years and served as the church's treasurer for 27.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 2533 Mount Carmel Road, Parkton. Visitation begins at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be at Mount Carmel's cemetery.

In addition to her son, she is survived by another son, Gerald F. Talbert of Relay, and a grandson.

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