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Anna Belle Birch, 83, of Cambridge, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Mallard Bay Care Center, Cambridge, Md.
Born May 23, 1929, Anna Belle was one of four children of the late Ebben and Iva Lewis McGlaughlin of Wingate. She attended the local schools in Crapo.
As a young woman, Anna Belle worked in the area's seafood plants picking crabs. Afterwards she was employed at Airpax Electronics and later became a Nursing Aide with the State of Maryland, State Hospital system from which she retired.
Anna Belle enjoyed the outdoors, an avid sunbather that her bronze tan made apparent. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She loved her family and many friends.
Surviving are her two children from a previous marriage to the late Ashland Ruark, William "BB" Ruark and his wife Chris of Longmeadow, Mass. and Arlene Harper and her husband Tawes, Jr. of Cambridge; stepdaughter Zadith Cook and husband John of Annapolis, Md.; former husband Keyworth "Buddy" Birch; a brother Willis McGlaughlin; sister in law Alene McGlaughlin; grandchildren William Harper, Elizabeth Barton, Michael Harper and Dr. Daryle Ruark and wife Michelle; great grandchildren Tawes "TA" Alan Harper, Ryan Barton, Michael Barton, Derek Ruark and a number of nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are very special and close friends Donna and Joe Willey, Doris Insley, Charlene Stagg, Peggy Taylor and Kelly Oberender.
Preceding her in death besides her parents was a brother William McGlaughlin, a sister Norma Simmons and sister in law Bessie McGlaughlin.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2012 beginning 2 p.m. at the Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home P.A., Cambridge. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be Monday, October 22, 2012 beginning 1 p.m. at Dorchester Memorial Park, Cambridge. Officiating at the services will be Rev. Delmer Willey.
Serving as pallbearers will be Marlene Adkins, Ryan Oberender, William Tawes Harper, Tawes "TA" Harper and Tawes Harper, Jr.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Anna Belle can be made to the Baywater Animal Rescue, 4930 Bucktown Road, Cambridge, MD 21613.
To send online condolences please visit www.newcombcollins.com.
Good memories of Anna Belle and all the Family--Mrs.Ivy,Arlene,Jira,and BB--AnnaBelle had a great smile..Hugs from the West Coast..
Skippy Dean Oct 22 2012 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. She was a special lady. Love and prayers to all the family
Beverly Ewell Jones Oct 22 2012 12:00 AM
At this time you may be consumed with pain and anger, rightfully so, Just remember that God is near to You to give you comfort to lighten the load, He has provided a hope for all who died that there will be a ressurrection of all those in the memorial tombs they will hear his voice and come out John 5:28,29. (This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God. John 17:3)
Marian Oct 20 2012 12:00 AM
Sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful happy lady. She will really be missed.
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Morris Oct 20 2012 12:00 AM
Arlene and family: I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie (Meredith) O''Bier Oct 15 2012 12:00 AM
Sympathy to all of the family. "Miss" Annabelle was always like a grandmother to me. I will always remember our good memories together on Willis St.
Nikki Dorman Short Oct 15 2012 12:00 AM