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Maynard William Timme

BERLIN – Maynard William Timme, of Ocean City, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.

Born April 30, 1926 in St. Petersburg, Fla., he was the son of the late Carl F. and Rose (Jones) Timme.

He was educated in Olean schools and in 1950 received a BA degree and an Army Commission from St. Bonaventure College. A decorated veteran of World War II, he served in Europe as a Frontline Combat Infantryman in General Patton’s Third Army, 26th Division, where he earned the Combat Infantryman’s badge, a Bronze Star Medal for action against the armed enemy, and the European Theater Medal with two major battle stars and three other medals.

Called into service during the Korean War, he served in the Seventh Army, 69th Field Artillery Battalion, as a Battery Executive Officer. Later, he moved up to Battalion Headquarters as S-2 Intelligence Officer where he earned his second Bronze Star for his work in the front lines with the Artillery Battalion Forward Observers and Infantry Company Commanders in pursuit of enemy intelligence. He also received the Korean Theater Medal with two battle stars.

A lifelong Democrat, he was elected to serve on the Cattaraugus County Legislature in 1971. He served there 12 years, three as Minority Leader. He introduced the first open meetings (Sunshine) law and fought for its ultimate passage; opening up the closed doors of committee meetings to the Public and Press. He also led and co-authored reform legislation to clean up the costly county insurance practices, saving the County thousands of tax dollars. Locally he helped coordinate campaigns for various state and federal political candidates. He was elected as a delegate to the 1972 National Democratic Convention in Miami, FL. In 1983, he ran for mayor of the city of Olean.

A jeweler for 54 years, he was employed for 30 years at Dees, later Reed’s Jewelers in Olean. Moving to Ocean City, he continued in the fine jewelry business as general manager of Fifth Avenue Jewelers in Rehoboth, Del., where he had remained active until recently.

He loved music, books and writing stories about his life. Enjoying travel, he and his wife, Nancy made numerous trips abroad to Europe and the Mid-East, visiting the various historical sites. An avid fisherman, he loved ocean surf-fishing in front of his home in Ocean City.

He is survived by wife, Nancy A. Forrest Timme of Ocean City; his children, Michael C. Timme of Nashville, Tenn., Patrick W. Timme of East Berne, N.Y., David P. Timme of Harrisburg, Pa., Barbara J. (Timme) Hastings of Allegany, N.Y., Stephen M. Timme of Oreno Valley, Calif., Joseph G. Timme of Coral Springs, Fla., Susan A. (Timme) Dolan of Littleton, Colo., Mark T. Timme of Norfolk, Va., Marianne R. (Timme) Lemmers of Summerfield, NC and Christine R. (Timme) Zuraw of Mesa, Ariz.; 32 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl M. Timme of Olean, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his twin sister, Mary (Timme) Meiers of Allegany, NY.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mary J. McGee

BERLNI – Mary J. McGee, 90, of Selbyville and formerly of Baltimore, died Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the home of her son.

She was born in Baltimore to the late Frank and Josephine Farace.

McGee was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City, the Ocean City Ladies Auxiliary Elks Lodge 2645 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus. She was an avid bingo player.  

She is survived by a son, John J. McGee Jr. and his wife Kathy of Selbyville, Del.; a daughter, Marcia Sellman and her husband Jerry of Selbyville, Del; a brother, Anthony Farace of Baltimore; a sister, Anita Fischbach of Baltimore; three grandchildren Mark Sellman, Jay McGee and Karen McGee Wratten; and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. McGee Sr., in 2007.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, Del. 19963.

Mary Lee Wooten

BERLIN – Mary Lee Wooten, age 94, died Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Alantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Born in Ocean City, she was the daughter of the late Lee Griffin and Louise Turner Griffin. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Howard Mitchell in 1959, Ira Allen in 1971, and George Hillary Wooten in 2006.

She had worked at the Berlin Shirt Factory for 15 years and had been a cashier at Frontiertown and Mario’s Restaurant. She had worked in nursing with nursing obstetrics and pediatrics for expectant mothers.

She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Ocean City Volunteer Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary, the Rebecca Lodge and the Women’s Society of Bethany United Methodist Church. She was the last surviving charter member of the Atlantic Methodist Church in Ocean City. She had been honored as one of the "Worcester County Jewels" by the Worcester County Commission for Women.

She loved people from every walk of life. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her many friends by whom she was lovingly surrounded to the very end.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Mitchell Parsons and Lou Ann Garton, both of Ocean City; seven grandchildren, Patti Cropper and her husband David, John Brittingham and his wife Donna, Lisa Garton, Lynne Garton, Jay Garton and his wife Jennifer, Susan Ryan and her husband David and Stewart Mitchell and his wife Joann; 15 great grandchildren; a step-son, Sidney Wooten; three step-grandchildren, Ray, Bambi and Barbara; a sister, Ella Mae Perdue of Ocean Pines; one niece; and one nephew. She was preceded in death by a son, Howard Lee Mitchell, in 1991 and his wife, Joanne Mitchell, in 2008; son-in-laws Bill Garton in 2003 and Harvey Parsons in 2007; and a niece, Shirley Thomas, in 2008.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 8648 Stephen Decatur Hwy., Berlin, Md, 21811.

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