Patricia Murray Chester
BERLIN — Patricia Murray Chester, 77, died Oct. 4, 2014 in Berlin, surrounded by her family.
Born in Berlin, she was the daughter of the late Harry Earl Murray, Sr. and Virginia Dennis Murray. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Marvel Lee Hadder, in 1991, and N. William “Bill” Chester in 2012.
She is survived by her children, Thomas S. Cropper, Jr. and his wife Tina Pierce Cropper of Hebron, Virginia “Ginger” Jane C. Warren and her husband James, of Berlin and Robert “Craig” (Big Bird) Cropper and his wife Tammy Townsend Cropper of Powellville. She was an adored grandmother to Rebecca “Becky” Timmons and her husband Kevin, Brian Warren and his wife Rachael, Thomas S. Cropper, III, Shannon Cropper, Patricia Mae Cropper, and great-grandchildren, David Warren and Coley Timmons. She leaves two brothers, Harry Earl Murray, Jr. and his wife Donna of Berlin, and John Dennis Murray of Berlin; nephews Jonathan and Drew Murray; nieces Holly M. Miller and Kelly M. Thompson; several great nieces and nephews; and several cousins whom were so loved by Pat. She is also remembered by all of her special friends too numerous to name. She is survived by Thomas S. Cropper, Sr., father of her children.
Mrs. Chester was a graduate of Buckingham Elementary and attended St. Mary’s College and Wor-Wic Community College. Pat was a co-owner of Cropper Oil Company as well as Secretary and Treasurer and co-owner with her husband of Hadder Farms and co-owner with her husband of Chester, Jr. Farm. She was a member of the Farm Bureau, DPI, International Goat Association, Chincoteague and Paint Horse Association. AMSA, was a former member of Friendship United Methodist Church, Stevenson United Methodist Church, and present member of Whaleyville United Methodist Church in Whaleyville, where she had taught Sunday school as well as bible study. She had been a school bus driver, nurse’s aide for Leonardtown Hospital and a scout leader for boys and girls. A nature lover, she enjoyed raising goats and horses on her farm. Above all, Pat loved her family and her vast circle of friends. She was just an “Ole Eastern Shore Gal.”
Services were held at Whaleyville United Methodist Church in Whaleyville. Interment followed in Dale Cemetery. Rev. Terry Fort and Rev. Dean Perdue officiated.
A donation in her memory may be made to Dale Cemetery Fund, C/O Frank Love, P.O. Box 15, Whaleyville, Md. 21872, or Whaleyville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6, Whaleyville, Md. 21872, or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804.
Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com
Johanna Grashl Mann
SALISBURY — Johanna “Hannah” Grashl Mann, 95, died peacefully and with her loving family by her side on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.
Born in Graz, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Franz Grashl and Johanna Wagner Grashl. She immigrated with her family to America in 1922, growing up in the Charlottesville, Va. area. She learned to ride horses at an early age and as a teenager rode in horse shows winning several awards for her riding ability. A graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., she met her future husband, Hunter R. Mann, Jr., while he was attending medical school at the University of Virginia. They married in 1942 and spent their honeymoon at the Commander Hotel in Ocean City, the first of many pleasant vacations at the beach.
Moving to Salisbury in 1951, she raised her family and made many friends. She was a member of the Town and Country Garden Club, a den mother for Cub Scout Pack 151, a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and a volunteer at the Peninsula General Hospital Junior Board Shop. In 1970, she moved to Ocean City where she continued to make friends and particularly enjoyed working on chicken n’ dumpling suppers at the church bazaar at St. Paul’s by the Sea church where she took an active role for over 20 years.
She enjoyed her days on the beach with her best friend, Mable Hanna, and in recent years was an inspiration to many. A kind and generous woman, she will be greatly missed. She was a true southern lady.
She is survived by a son, Hunter “Bunk” Mann III and his wife, Shari of Ocean Pines; a daughter, Susan A. Mann and her husband, Michael Grimes of New Orleans, La.; four grandsons, Michael Mann (Michelle) of Ocean Pines, Matthew Mann (Lauren) of Salisbury, Brett Mann of Fruitland and Joshua Mann Sartisky of Boulder, Colo.; two step grandchildren, Richard and Richelle Crockett; and five great grandchildren, Ryan, Gavin and Julia Mann, Makaila Keenan and Caitlyn Crockett. She also leaves behind many close friends especially her neighbor, John Thomas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Hunter Mann, Jr., and a brother, Frank Grashl.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Hannah’s memory to Women Supporting Women, 1320 Belmont Ave., Suite 402, Salisbury, Md. 21804.
Services were held. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.