Mabel J. Cassidy

Mabel Jeannette Archibald Cassidy, 95, of Elkton, MD, died Thursday, November 16, 2006, at Union Hospital, Elkton. Born October 27, 1911, in Boston, MA, Mrs. Cassidy was the daughter of the late George N. and Annie McDermott Archibald, and wife of the late H.W.D. "Red" Cassidy, who preceded her in death in 1980.

Mrs. Cassidy was educated in the Boston, MA, school system and attended the New England Conservatory of Music. She had been a teacher and retired as Vice President of Immaculate Conception School. Mrs. Cassidy was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and was a member of the choir for many years.

Her community volunteerism and service included, volunteer secretary of the Elkton Chamber of Commerce for many years, member and officer of the PTA for the Cecil County Public Schools, Cub Scout Den Mother, and Brownie Leader Troop 407. In 1982, she was named Elkton's Citizen of the Year. Mrs. Cassidy was also a member of the Women's Club of Cecil County, Cecil County Historical Society, The Historic Elk Landing Foundation, Inc., ladies Auxiliary of Singerly Fire Co., and Union Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Cassidy was a three-time appointee to the Cecil County Commission on Aging.

Survivors include her son and his friend, James A. Cassidy and Lucinda Lowe, Channel Islands, CA; her daughters and sons-in-law, Gerald K. and Jane Anders, Annapolis, MD, William B. and Lucy A. Cassidy Van Hoff, Amityville, NY, and John E. Bronson and Susan A. Cassidy, Pasadena, MD; and grandson, Kempton B. Van Hoff, Amityville, NY.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Cassidy was preceded in death by ten sisters and one brother.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM, Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at Immaculate Conception Church, Bow Street, Elkton, MD. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Cherry Hill, MD. Visitation will be held from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the church chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Singerly Fire Company, or to Immaculate Conception Church, in care of Hick Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton St., Elkton, MD 21921.

M. Christie Riggs

Martha Christie Riggs of Centreville, MD died Friday November 17, 2006 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Elkton, MD on June 29, 1942, she was the daughter of Marple H. Lynch and Mildred Neal Lynch. Mrs. Riggs graduated from Elkton High School, Class of 1960. She attended University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1964, where she worked for several years. Mrs. Riggs was a registered nurse for Dr. John R. Smith, Jr., from 1979 to 1993. She was then employed by Shore Family Practice of Centreville with Dr. Kathleen Hoey until her retirement in November 2005.

In addition to her employment, she was a parent aide for Queen Anne's County Child Abuse Program in 1976. She was also a past member of Home Call, Inc., the Women's Club of Centreville, and the Queen Anne's County Farm Bureau Women's Committee.

Mrs. Riggs is survived by her husband William V. Riggs, III, of Centreville, who she married on June 12, 1965; one son, William V. Riggs, IV, and his wife Doreen; one daughter, Catherine Riggs Willis, and her husband, Chris; seven grandchildren, Trent, Bailey, Reagan and Campbell Riggs, Chris, Victoria and Harley Willis; and several cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Monday November 20, 2006 at 11AM at the Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville, MD 21617. Family and friends may call at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P. A., 408 S. Liberty Street, Centreville, MD 21617 on Sunday November 19, 2006 from 4PM to 6PM. The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to Queen Anne's American Heart Association, P.O. Box 2308, Easton, MD 21601 or Hospice of Queen Anne's, Inc. Building Fund, 423 Thompson Creek Road, Stevensville, MD 21666. See for information:

Ardie L. "Buck" Smith, Sr.

Ardie Lee "Buck" Smith, Sr., 71, of Charlestown, MD, passed away November 17, 2006 at Harford Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Buck was born in Havre de Grace on January 15, 1935, the son of the late Ardie and Irene Kennedy Smith. He worked his entire life as a carpenter and sheather, building many homes in Cecil County and also in Delaware. He was a member of North East VFW. An avid bluegrass music fan, he owned Buck's Bluegrass Ranch. Mr. Smith will be remembered for his generosity to those in need and love for his family.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Norma Moore Smith of Charlestown; 6 children, Ardie Lee Smith, Jr. of Elkton, Kathy Lynn Wright of Rising Sun, Randy Smith of Rising Sun, David Smith of Elkton, Elvie Smith of North East and Larry Smith of Warwick; 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind 3 brothers, Charles, Frank and Johnny Smith and 2 sisters, Mary Bay and Daisy Strickland as well as many special friends. He was preceded in death by brothers Joe and Bill Smith and sisters Elsie Poff, Florence Baldwin, Dot Miller and Betty Sparks.

A funeral service will be held at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen S., Ring Sun, MD 21911 on Tuesday November 21, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o the funeral home.

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Joseph Leon Thompson

Funeral service for Joseph Leon Thompson will being at 2 PM, Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton St., Elkton, MD 21921, where family and friends may call after 1 PM. Rev. Karen F. Bunnell will officiate. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Union, MD. Flowers are welcome; however, contributions may be made to the Union Cemetery Association, in care of the funeral home.

Mr. Thompson, 88, of Elkton, MD, died Thursday, November 16, 2006. Born on February 7, 1918, in Childs, MD, he was the son of the late Joseph L., Sr. and Anna Marcus Thompson. Mr. Thompson retired from General Motors Corporation, Wilmington, DE, after 30 years of service. AS a member of Union United Methodist Church, he served as the Lay Leader from 1961 until 1994, and took great pride in being the caretaker of Union Cemetery for many years. His memberships included United Methodist Men East Cecil Parish, and UAW Local #435, Wilmington, DE. Mr. Thompson loved being with his family. In his earlier years, he enjoyed dairy farming.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Calva B. Thompson; children, Keith Thompson and wife, Mary Ann, Rising Sun, MD, Fay Ellen Morgan and husband, Jim, and Sharon T. Williams and husband Tom, all of Elkton, MD; grandchildren, Melissa F. Kline, Brian C. Morgan, Mickey K. Thompson, Angela M. Williams, and Scott T. Williams; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn T. Griffith, Forest Hill, MD, formerly of North East, MD; and brother-in-law, George B. Prettyman, Sr., Ellicott City, MD.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Prettyman; and brother-in-law, Clarence Griffith.

Clarence F. "Rick" Wilson

Age 84, of Charlestown Manor, North East, MD, died Thursday, November 16, 2006. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM. Monday, November 20, 2006, at North East, Methodist Church, 308 South Main Street, North East, MD. Rev. Daniel T. Gedman will officiate.

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