MILLINGTON — Stephanie Higgs Anthony, of Millington, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. She was 34.
Stephanie Higgs Anthony was born Jan. 21, 1979 in Chestertown, the daughter of E. Glenn Higgs Jr. and Elizabeth “Jo” Manning. Stephanie was a 1997 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School. After graduation, she went to West Palm Community College in Florida to get certified as a dental assistant. She returned to the Eastern Shore in 2002 and worked as a dental assistant and, most recently, taught at Dawn Training Center.
Stephanie enjoyed planting flowers, going to the beach, shopping, spending time with her girls and volunteering at school.
She is survived by her mother Elizabeth “Jo” Manning of Millington; her father, E. Glenn Higgs Jr. of Millington; her two daughters, “Madi” Bailey of Millington and Mia Tucker of Millington; her husband, J. Barrett Anthony Jr. of Chestertown; and her grandfather, Charles “Chuck” Downey of Millington.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 370 Cypress St., Millington. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, also at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.
NAPLES, Fla. — Kimberly Sue Bowers passed away of natural causes on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 in Naples, Fla. She was 58.
She was born Aug. 30, 1955 in Lima, Ohio to John and Mary Bowers, who preceded her in death. She attended Lima Central Catholic and graduated from Lima Senior High.
Kim continued her education by taking many U.S. Army courses and attending Anne Arundel Community College. Kim spent eight years active duty attaining the rank of sergeant and 17 years in the Army Reserves attaining the rank of CW3, all in the Fort Meade area. She was proud of the fact that she had attained her airborne wings and numerous letters of appreciation and commendations for her leadership in her Army assignments. Those letters were from generals to civilians that she interacted with while in the Army.
While in the Reserves, Kim was actively involved in the local communities of Rock Hall and Chestertown. Kim’s entrepreneurial side led her to open the local bird store, called “The Wild Bird Company,” and she also freelanced as a personal assistant to many clients in Chestertown. In 2006, Kim moved to Naples, where she worked in retail and was active in many civic ventures, including serving on the Collier County Public Transit Committee.
Kim is surived by three sisters, Judy (Jim) Rahrig, Deborah (Dan) Nartker and Christine (Henry) Nance; and three brothers, Larry (Sherry) Bowers, Steve (Barbara) Bowers and Kelly Bowers. An infant brother, Irvin Milton Bowers, preceded her in death. Kim was proud of her five nieces and four nephews, and always had the support of her longtime friend, Tom Hiler. She also treasured her pets, AJ and Miss Kitty.
Kim dearly loved working with people and had a very generous nature. Working with the Republican Party and Ducks Unlimited were her two special interests.
A special memorial service will be held in Kim’s honor for family and friends at a later date at the VA National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla. Please send any donations in Kim’s memory to your local humane society.
POMFRET, Conn. — Paige Streit Coombs, wife of Charlie Coombs, died of melanoma on Oct. 14, 2013 at her home in Pomfret, Conn. She was 58 years old.
The daughter of Mackey Metcalfe Dutton of Chestertown and the late Donald L. Streit of Cincinnati, Ohio, Paige was born in Hartford, Conn. and grew up in Cincinnati. She always considered Chestertown her second home and loved spending time with her late grandmother, Frances Perry Metcalfe.
A graduate of Hillsdale School, Cincinnati and Washington College, Chestertown, Paige pursued a career in theater in New York City for several years. When she returned to Chestertown, she was employed by the Kent County Board of Education and also worked as an innkeeper at the White Swan Tavern.
In 1986, Paige married Charlie Coombs and moved to Rappahannock County, Va., where they lived for 20 years. The Coombses extensively restored The Cabin on Mill Run, a 200-year-old log cabin at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She loved her work in the Special Education Department of Rappahannock County High School, and she was the executive director of Headwaters, a nonprofit educational foundation. A tireless volunteer, Paige was president of the Rappahannock County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, president of the Board for Child Care and Learning Center of Rappahannock, president of the Board of the Rappahannock County Library and volunteer coordinator for Hospice of the Rapidan.
Six years ago, the Coombses moved to Pomfret, where Paige worked, until she became ill, as an associate editor for Early American Life magazine. Her volunteer work included membership on the Women’s Board of Day-Kimball Hospital and the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret.
Paige was an excellent cook and an exceptional hostess. She enjoyed gardening and was quite knowledgeable about antiques. She will always be remembered for her quick wit and her generous and giving spirit.
Paige is survived by her husband, Charlie; her mother; a brother, Stuart Streit of Cincinnati; a sister, Molly Streit of Chestertown; a stepsister, Kristin Korkunis of La Canada, Calif.; two stepchildren, David Coombs of Williamsburg, Va. and Susan Imperati of Old Saybrook, Conn.; three nieces, Katie and Kelsey Streit and Grace Korkunis; and four step-grandchildren, Amanda and Ed Coombs and Sadie Gross and Joe Imperati.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown. Burial at St. Paul’s, Kent will be private. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Baum, Craig Cheyne, Glen Dash, Phil Hoon, Tony Korkunis, Bryan Matthews, Luke Short and Daron Young.
A memorial celebration will be held at a later date in Pomfret.
Memorial contributions may be made to Headwaters Foundation, P.O. Box 114, Sperryville, VA 22704; Hospice of the Rapidan, 1200 Sunset Lane, Suite 2320, Culpepper, VA 22701; The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret, 218 Day Road, Pomfret, CT 06259; or Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut, 320 Pomfret St., Putnam, CT 06260.
Funeral arrangements were made by Marvin V. Williams Jr., Funeral Director, Chestertown.
CHESTERTOWN — Betty Jean Diaz, of Chestertown, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 at Chestertown Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was 79.
Born Aug. 10, 1934, in Chestertown, Mrs. Diaz was the daughter of the late Paul and Sarah Elizabeth Beck Walls. Growing up, she attended Chestertown High School. She had lived in Ridgely for many years, but for the last two years she had, again, lived in Chestertown.
Mrs. Diaz was a prodigy when it came to music; not only did she learn to play many different instruments, she also began teaching when she was very young. She also taught music at Chestertown High School in the late 1960s and started the high school’s first choral group. She sang and performed in various night clubs along the East Coast, including clubs in Maryland, Delaware and New York. Mrs. Diaz was well-known for her ability to yodel, which was always a request by everyone who knew her.
Mrs. Diaz is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, George Diaz of Chestertown; three sons, Daniel Bentrup of Knoxville, Tenn., Stephan Bentrup of New Mexico and Leslie Smith Jr. of Ohio; one daughter, Evon Thornton of Chestertown; one sister, Nancy Manley of Harrington, Del.; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Walls of Hillsboro; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, P. Richard Walls, William J. Walls, James G. Walls and Charles Stare; and one sister, Doris Mae Hadaway.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The arrangements are by Moore Funeral Home in Denton.
If friends wish to make donations in Mrs. Diaz’s memory, the family suggests sending them to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.
For online condolences, visit moorefuneralhomepa.com.
ROCK HALL — Richard Arthur Stephens III, of Rock Hall, died Oct. 18, 2013 at his home. He was 72.
He was born Sept. 11, 1941 in Havre de Grace, the son of the late Richard A. Stephens Jr. and Marion E. Stephens.
In 2000, he retired from Aberdeen Proving Ground after 40 years of employment.
He enjoyed boating, fishing with his family and riding his motorcycles.
Mr. Stephens is survived by his wife of 43 years, Julie Jacquette Stephens; and his daughter, Amanda M. Stephens, and her husband, Ilia Voronchihin, along with his granddaughter Pepper Yershova Stephens, all of Imperial Beach, Calif. He also is survived by his dog Amber; a sister, Nancy E. Stephens of Knoxville, Tenn.; and two nieces, Sharon Stoller of Knoxville and Stephanie Stoller of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County, P.O. Box 352, Chestertown, MD 21620.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home.
CHESTERTOWN — Anna Florence Taylor, of Chestertown, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. She was 90.
Mrs. Taylor was born Sept. 16, 1923 in Warren, R.I., the daughter of the late Eugene and Anna LaPore Myer. She was a graduate of Tourlott High School and attended Becker College for two years. She moved to Washington, D.C. when she was in her 20s and secured a job working for the Pentagon. Mrs. Taylor later went to work for District of Columbia Public Schools as a secretary and retired in the mid-1980s. She met her husband of 67 years, Lloyd A. Taylor, in Washington, and they married on April 27, 1946.
Mrs. Taylor was an active member of East Washington Heights Baptist Church in Washington. She enjoyed traveling, reading, telling stories and spending time with friends and family.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Dr. Lloyd Warren Taylor and wife Carol of Millington and the Rev. Wendell Martin Taylor and wife Deborah of Burlington, Conn.; and five grandchildren, Amy Thren and husband Chris of Millington, Heather Taylor of Chester, Caitlin Taylor of Washington, Kelsey Taylor of Washington and Leah Taylor of Burlington, Conn.; as well as two great-grandchildren, Taylor Thren and McKenzie Thren, both of Millington.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, where relatives and friends may call one hour prior. Interment will be private.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.