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Arianne Hadley Lowell

October 28, 2017

Arianne Hadley Lowell, 87, the wife of the late Rev. C. Stanley Lowell and after his death for 13 years the Rev. Merrill Drennan, (d. 2000), died Oct. 28, 2017, in Kettering, Ohio. A memorial service was held Nov. 18 at Chevy Chase UMC with the...

Phoebe “Betty” Sparks

October 28, 2017

Phoebe “Betty” Sparks, wife of the Rev. Hayden L. Sparks, died Oct. 28, 2017.  A Memorial Service was held at Fredericktowne Baptist Church in Walkersville Nov. 4. Betty Brubaker Sparks was born Jan 3, 1931, in Altoona...

Rev. Paul Southwell Jones

October 6, 2017

The Rev. Paul Southwell Jones, 100, the longest-serving clergy member of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, died Oct. 6 at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. His life was celebrated at Bethany UMC in Ellicott City, Oct. 9...

Rev. Kenneth S. Jones

September 29, 2017

The Rev. Kenneth S. Jones, a retired United Methodist pastor, former missionary to the Belgian Congo, a church journalist, district superintendent, and the Pastor Emeritus at Faith United Methodist Church, died peacefully on September 29, in the...

Rev. Diane L. Rainey

September 10, 2017

The Rev. Diane L. Rainey, 72, wife of the Rev. Joe S. Rainey, both Elders on extension, died Sept. 10, 2017, from cancer in the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Hospice Center in Arlington, Va. A Memorial service was held Oct. 7 at Bethesda United...

Rev. Mary Brown Oliver

September 5, 2017

The Rev. Mary Brown Oliver, a retired Elder, died Sept. 5, 2017. A Celebration of Life service was held Sept. 16 at National UMC (Metropolitan Memorial) in Washington, D.C., following viewings at Ebenezer UMC on Sept. 15 and preceding the...

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