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Virginia Holland Nicoll

OCEAN CITY – Virginia Holland Nicoll, 101, of Salisbury, departed this life on Feb. 10, 2010, at the Wicomico Nursing Home. She was born on July 25, 1908, in Whaleyville and was the daughter of Dr. Charles A. Holland and his wife, Abbie White Holland.

In 1916, the Holland family moved to Berlin where Virginia attended Buckingham Elementary, Grammar and High Schools. She graduated in 1925.

She continued her education at Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md. In 1929, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a High School Teacher’s Certificate. She was awarded the Mary Ward Lewis Prize, which was given to the outstanding college woman in the graduating class.

After teaching at Buckingham School for three years, Virginia entered the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pa., from which she graduated with a degree in nursing in 1935.

After graduation, she was employed by the Visiting Nurse’s Association of Philadelphia for nine months after which she resigned to return to her home in Berlin due to the failing health of her father.

In June of 1936, the Maryland State Department of Health employed Virginia as a Public Health Nurse for Worcester County which position she held for the next three years.

The State of Maryland then provided her with a two-month seminar at the Johns Hopkins School of Health and Hygiene in Baltimore.

Upon her return to Worcester County, Virginia worked in many clinics and schools and made home visits to children in the county who had health problems.

In 1937, she married Dr. Frederick S. Nicoll, who had moved to Berlin from New York State in order to assume Dr. Holland’s large medical practice. They opened their home on Bay Street as a maternity hospital, which they operated for five years, delivering some several hundred babies in the Berlin-Ocean City areas.

Upon the death of Dr. Nicoll in 1946, Mrs. Nicoll moved to Salisbury with her mother and her two young sons, Frederick and Donald.

She was offered employment at the Wicomico County Health Department in Salisbury. She worked with Dr. Seth Hurdle for many years, after which she was promoted to Director of Nursing, a position she held until her retirement in 1973.

As nursing director, in addition to hiring nurses and orienting them to Public Health Nursing, she had many collateral duties: teaching health classes at the local high school, teaching public health nursing classes to student nurses at Peninsula General Hospital, now Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and receiving visiting physicians and nurses from other nations who were interested in County Public Health Programs. In addition, she attended County and State Public Health Organization meetings. She was appointed to the Maryland Commission for the Aging and was also made a Trustee of the Wicomico Nursing Home.

After her retirement, she kept busy visiting sick friends and providing them with transportation to medical facilities.

As a senior citizen, Mrs. Nicoll remained active, bicycling, playing tennis, swimming, walking, singing in choral groups, playing piano, enjoying opera and classical music, reading and competing in Duplicate Bridge tournaments. At her death she still held memberships in the Order of the Eastern Star Holly Chapter, Wicomico County Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Soroptimist’s Club of Salisbury.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frederick S. Nicoll, in 1946; two brothers, Charles A. Holland and Arthur Percy Holland; three sisters, Alice Holland Shorley, Christine Holland and Abigail Holland.

Surviving are two sons, Frederick S. Nicoll of Ocean City and Donald C. Nicoll of Manchester, Tenn. and their wives, JoAnn and Nancy; four grandchildren, Tracey Nicoll Pate, Timonium, Md., William James Nicoll, Cockeysville, Md., Donald Scott Nicoll, Salisbury, and John Edward Nicoll of Manchester, Tenn.; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

 A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bethesda United Methodist Church, North Division Street, in Salisbury on Sunday, May 23, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in memory of Mrs. Nicoll be made to the Wor-Wic Community College Foundation-Nursing Program, 32000 Campus Drive, Salisbury, Md. 21804.

Colleen Lynn Mowray Loughrey

BERLIN – Colleen Lynn Mowray Loughrey, age 48, died Monday, May 3, 2010 at her home in Berlin.

She is survived by her loving husband, William Anthony Loughrey, Jr.
She had been a Master Barber having owned and operated The Blonde Barber.

She was the adored daughter of Helen V. Walsh and the late Patrick J. Mowray; loving  daughter-in-law of Joan L. Loughrey-Steele; loving granddaughter to Catherine May Bell; and had numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces,  nephews, a host of friends and her beloved dog Shadow.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Rev. Norman Poultney will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. Donations may be made in her honor to Women Supporting Women, 10026 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin, Md. 21811-1288.

Ward D. Murray

BERLIN – Ward D. Murray, known to many as "WD", age 67, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, in the presence of his family.

He was the son of the late Esther and Milton Murray.

Murray moved to Berlin in the late 60′s where he was employed as a lieutenant with the Berlin Police Department and was past president of the FOP Lodge 10. He was a United States Marine Veteran. He was a long haul truck driver for many years with Mountaire Farms in Millsboro, Del. In his earlier years, he owned and operated Murray & Son Express. He had made many friends throughout his years on the road, one in particular, his dear friend "Gootie". His legacy will be his strong work ethic, dedication, love of his family and kindness and generosity towards others.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Fay Murray; a son, Michael Wayne Murray; a daughter, Barbara Ann Clark; four grandchildren, Katelyn Clark, Dane Clark, Amber Peterson and Raven Jones; a brother, Stuart Murray (Kathy) of Parsonsburg; a sister, Charlotte Smack (Ronnie) of Berlin; two nieces, Kristina Prout and Shelly Shaffer; and one nephew, Kevin Murray. He also leaves behind his K9 friend, a beagle named Yoder, but often called him Buddy. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kimberly Dawn Clark.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Rev. Olin Shockley will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Donations may be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Rd., Salisbury, Md. 21801 or via telephone at 800-227-2345.

Salvadore H. Monico

PITTSVILLE – Salvadore H. Monico, age 85, died Friday, April 30, 2010 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Angelo Monico and Frances Rizzo Monico.

Monico was a United States Marine veteran having served in WWII. He had worked for Verizon for many years. He was a member of Nautical Sounds Barber Shop Quartet and an avid gardener.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Anne Monico; two daughters, Michelle A. Monico and Monica A. Bagrowski; one sister, Helen Monico; and two grandchildren, Anthony F. Bagrowski and Matthew H. Bagrowski. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Christopher F. Bagrowski.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the charity of your choice.

Henrie Ethel Blake

OCEAN PINES – Henrie Ethel Blake, 92, died April 29, 2010 in Ocean Pines.  

She was born in Placedo, Texas on August 5, 1917. Her parents were Joseph and Sadie Shiller. She had an older sister Jo Dorothy, and a younger brother James. She grew up in Rowena Texas, near San Angelo.

She attended Texas State University in San Marcos, majoring in education. She derived great pleasure from teaching first graders in Montgomery County, Md.

She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Kalbaugh and her husband Dave of Ocean Pines, and her son, Scott and his wife Debbie of Ocean Pines. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Kimberly Buda and her husband Chris of Greensboro and her grandson, Kenneth Simpson and his wife Nicholle of Chrurchton. She also is survived by her great-grandchildren, Jacob and Ivy Buda and Andrew and Ryleigh Simpson.

She enjoyed foreign travel in her retirement years.

Arrangements are in the care of Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence to the family may be sent to Burbage@burbagefuneralhome.com.

James Stuart Jackson

OCEAN CITY – James Stuart Jackson "Jimmy", passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas.

He was the son of Thomas S. and Jeanne D. Jackson of Vienna. He was born in Alexandria, Va. on March 31, 1970 and moved to Vienna at the age of four. He attended Countryside Christian School, North Dorchester Middle School and was in the Key Club at North Dorchester High School with his good friends Mark Hill and John Tyler, graduating in 1988.

He worked for Robbins Boatbuilders and Generation III. He was a past member of ESSA and raced Penguins in Cambridge and Oxford, crewed on the log canoe Island Blossom, and worked on private and charter fishing boats on the East Coast and Mexico for many years.

He enjoyed all that the Eastern Shore has to offer in the way of hunting, even serving for a time as a personal hunting guide at Elliott Island, where

he met and continued his close and long friendship with Pam and Wiley Abbott and Miss Ann Foley.

His greatest love, however, was Ocean City. During his time in Ocean City, he met a great host of friends to add to his many friends in Vienna. He owned and operated Diver Service and Shearwater Marine Services in Ocean City for the past two and a half years.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiance, Jennifer Richardson, Jennifer’s parents, Wayne and Claudia Richardson of Severna Park, whom he loved and considered his second parents; and P.J. Aldridge of Ocean City and Reade Belote of Richmond, whom he considered his brothers and his faithful companion and hunting buddy, Sprig.

The family would like to express their sincere, heartfelt appreciation especially to Reade (Cutter) Belote, Jason Parker of Reid’s Grove, Md. and Angela Paris of Ocean City for all of their personal assistance and support during this difficult time.

Services will be held. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ocean City Reef Foundation, PO Box 1072, Ocean City, Md. 21843. Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

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