Virginia Burbage Markham
BERLIN — Gladys Virginia Chick Burbage Markham, 96, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2015.
Born in Lynchburg, Va., she was the daughter of the late Allen Watson Chick and Georgia Nora Warriner Chick. She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Richard Burbage, Sr., in 1991, and George F. Markham, Jr., in 2009. Also preceding her in death were her three brothers, Robert Lee Chick and wife Gertrude, Clyde Forbes Chick and wife Marie and Ernest Chick.
She is survived by her four children, Allen Chad Burbage of Cedar Creek, Texas, Keith Burbage and his wife Jeri of Ocean City, Kirk Burbage of Berlin and Patrice B. Lehmann and her husband Charles of Jensen Beach, Fla. There are three grandchildren, Ian Burbage and his wife, Lindsey of Ocean City, John Charles Lehmann, Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Virginia Ann Anderson and her husband Ross, of Stuart, Fla. Also surviving are her great grandchildren, Chloe and Kiera Burbage of Ocean City. She is also survived by a step-son, James Richard Burbage, Jr., of Salisbury, and a step-daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Nicholson and her husband, Phillip of Boulder, Colo. Also surviving are two nephews, Robert Lee Chick, Jr., and his wife Dee of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Garland Chick and his wife Samantha of Atlantic Beach, Fla. Also surviving her is her nephew Daniel T. Prettyman of Salisbury, her niece Anne Prettyman Jones preceded her in death along with her nephew, Dr. Ernest Chick; his wife, JoAnn Chick lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also surviving are her beloved friends and caregivers Mark Showell and Patty Alspach of Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Ginny was a graduate of Randolph Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Va. and later received a Masters of Arts degree and a Collegiate Professional Diploma as Dean of Students from Columbia University in New York City, N.Y. She taught high school in Pittsylvania County, Va. for three years and served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II where she achieved the rank of Major. Afterwards, she became a personnel consultant for women at Western Electric headquarters in New York City, N.Y. After her marriage in 1952, Mrs. Burbage taught English, French, Spanish and Latin and was a guidance counselor and later principal at Stephen Decatur High School. She was a lifelong member of Zeta Tau Alpha International Sorority, member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin, Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Society, member and past president Berlin/Ocean City Soroptimist, Worcester Chapter #102 Order of Eastern Star, Worcester County Retired Teachers Association, the Maryland State Teachers Association, and the Boggs-Dishroon American Legion Post #123 in Berlin. She also had been an associate with her family’s business, The Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 3 Church Street in Berlin. Rev. Barry Neville and Rev. Dick Bunting will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 429, Berlin, Md. 21811, or to the Gladys C. Burbage Courtyard Theater c/o Stephen Decatur High School, 9913 Seahawk Rd. Berlin, Md. 21811. Please make checks payable to Stephen Decatur High School noting the Gladys C. Burbage Courtyard Theater fund.
Elizabeth Bennett Gladstone
OCEAN CITY — Elizabeth Bennett Gladstone, a public health nursing administrator for the Baltimore County Department of Health, died of complications of Myelofibrosis on July 12, 2015 at the home of her daughter in Connecticut.
She was a longtime resident of both Timonium and Ocean City. At the time of her death she was 77.
Mrs. Gladstone was born in Baltimore and was raised in the Stoneleigh area of Baltimore County. She attended Towson Senior High School and graduated from the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing in 1960.
Beth started her nursing career in the Baltimore City Health Department. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Baltimore County Department of Health as a Public Health Nurse and rose to the position of Nurse Administrator.
As the Director of Community Based Nursing Programs, Beth was responsible for the state licensure of adult day care programs in the county, as well as its migrant worker programs. She was responsible for multiple community health center operations.
Mrs. Gladstone authored a number of grants to support healthcare for homeless persons that led to National Association of County Awards for Nursing. She was a member of the American Public Health Association.
Upon her retirement, Beth was given a Proclamation from Baltimore County proclaiming May 9-16, 1996 as Elizabeth Gladstone Week. She retired after 24 years of service.
In 1959, she married Charles Talbot Gladstone, Jr. who preceded her in death in 2008. Living in Parkville and later Timonium, they raised a son, Charles Talbot Gladstone III of Cockeysville and a daughter, Elizabeth Gladstone Schaake of Southbury, Conn. Later in life, Mrs. Gladstone enjoyed time with her four grandchildren, Tim, Emily, Brian and Michael.
Mrs. Gladstone shared her husband’s love for aviation. Soon after he became a private pilot, Mrs. Gladstone attended courses and became qualified to land an aircraft in the event of an emergency.
In 1992, Mrs. Gladstone permitted her husband to build a single engine kit aircraft in the garage of their Timonium home. Together, they enjoyed flying the Kitfox to small airports along the east coast. Their shared love for aviation led to creative naming of family pets, Orville and Wilbur (Wright) and Amelia (Earhart.)
Soon after her retirement from Baltimore County, Beth and Charles moved to West Ocean City and became involved in community activities.
Mrs. Gladstone was involved in the Ocean City Aviation Association, helping out with its Annual Fly-In at the airport and selling items at local festivals for the benefit of the Association.
Mrs. Gladstone was an active member at the Atlantic United Methodist Church in Ocean City. She was the co-president of its Martha Circle on several occasions, served on church committees and volunteered at many events.
Elizabeth enjoyed travelling abroad. In addition to visiting Bermuda several times, she toured Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia and Russia. With her husband, she took her entire family on trips to the Grand Canyon and Great Britain. She enjoyed regular winter vacations to Florida.
A memorial service will be held at Atlantic United Methodist Church in Ocean City on July 25 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Atlantic United Methodist Church in Ocean City.
James George Giatras Jr.
OCEAN CITY — James George Giatras Jr., “The Candy Man” (age 90) of Ocean City, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the Catered Living Facility in Ocean Pines.
He was born March 20, 1925, in Cumberland, Md., the son of immigrant parents from Sparta, Greece. His father, George Giatras, was a candy maker who launched a small conglomerate of downtown shops including George’s Confectionary. Jimmy worked with his father as a confectioner until he enlisted in the service.
Jimmy became a Private First Class in the United States Marine Corps and served from June of 1943 until November 1945 when he was honorably discharged. After working as a candy maker in several locations throughout the country, Jimmy eventually moved to Ocean City and became head candy maker at Candy Kitchen Shoppes. Jimmy was affectionately known by everyone in Ocean City as “The Candy Man.” He worked for over 20 years throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s until his retirement. As Jimmy would tell it, he was responsible for the production of thousands of pieces of candy every day the factory was operating. Jimmy was blessed to have many friends.
After retirement, Jimmy made his rounds throughout town, remembering every name and face and never forgetting to ask how everyone was doing. He was a master storyteller and could speak at great length on a variety of topics.
Jimmy is survived by his daughter, Greta Crites (E. Allen); grandson, Ashley Crites; great grandchildren Emmy Crites and Oliver Crites; nephews L. Gino Giatras (Patty Sheetz) of Cumberland and Troy N. Giatras (Stephanie) of Charleston, W.Va.; and great nephews, Alexander Giatras and Nicholas Giatras of Charleston, W.Va.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held on July 29 at 10 a.m. at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church located at 8805 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Md. Friends who would like to speak at the ceremony please call Donna at 410-289-3322.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Coastal Hospice.